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 To Kill A Mockingbird Becomes An Ebook For First Time

April 30, 2014: 

Harper Lee, author of one of the last hold-outs to e-publishing, has agreed to allow the classic To Kill A Mockingbird to become available in an electronic version.

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries,” said Lee through her publisher to the AP. “I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

Read the story from Forbes here.

 Aereo V. Broadcast TV Heads To Supreme Court

April 21, 2014: 

The US Supreme Court will hear the case of Aereo, the broadcast TV retransmitting company.  The question before the court is if Aereo is providing a personal use similar to a home recording or a public performance by retransmitting to small internet antennas.  New York and Boston ruled it was OK, Utah said no.

Aereo can expect reactions from broadcasters if they win.  There have been threats of reduced content, and possibly the biggest threat - broadcasters entering the retransmission market as competitiors.

Read the full story here.

 Court Allows Union To Intervene In Newspaper Dissolution

April 09, 2014: 

A Delaware judge says the union representing hundreds of workers for Philadelphia's two largest newspapers can participate in the dissolution of their ownership group. 

The judge this week granted a request by the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to intervene in proceedings that will determine the fate of Interstate General Media. 

The company is being dissolved as its owners fight over control of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philly.com website.

Read the story from the Huffington Post here.

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