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The Switchboard: Another blow for Aereo

Aereo's service uses thousands of tiny antennas to help it stay within the bounds of copyright law. (Aereo)

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A federal court rejects Aereo’s request to argue it’s a cable company "Aereo's seemingly last-ditch argument to save itself won't be given an airing in court, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals," reports The Switch's Brian Fung. "Instead, if the shuttered streaming video company wants to keep fighting for its survival, procedural reasons require that it do so at the district court level, officials said in a document filed Thursday."

'Orange is the New Black' fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban "For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits," reports The Hill's Julian Hattem. "The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive. The final straw came Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show 'Orange is the New Black' to change the characterization of an actor from 'a real transgender woman' to 'a real man pretending to be a woman.'"

CyberSec coordinator tells why lack of tech know-how helps "Michael Daniel sees his lack of technical expertise in IT security as an asset in his job as White House cybersecurity coordinator," reports Eric Chabrow at GovInfo Security. Says the White House's cybersecurity coordinator: "Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction."

A Google car without a steering wheel? Not so fast, California says  Google’s "goal of an autonomous car is bumping up against new testing rules from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles," reports the Wall Street Journal's Alistair Barr. "The rules, which take effect on Sept. 16, require a driver to be able to take 'immediate physical control' of a vehicle on public roads if needed. That means the car must have a steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals, according to Bernard Soriano, the top official developing the rules for the state."

Islamic State moves to other social networks after Twitter clampdown "After the clampdown by Twitter and YouTube on Islamic State (Isis) propaganda, the social media war has spread to open-source social network Diaspora – where the content is impossible to remove," reports the Guardian's Samuel Gibbs. "Isis accounts are posting propaganda images, video and text via Diaspora sites, and the site’s developers who once promised, in a now-deleted blogpost, that it offered 'a brighter future for all of us' are powerless to stop them. But they are concerned at legal implications for other users who are connected to the network."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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