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Aereo Welcomes Supreme Court Intervention in Fight With TV Broadcasters

Online television startup Aereo Inc. said it would welcome the Supreme Court’s intervention to resolve a legal fight with broadcasters, who argue its service violates their copyrights.

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Supreme Court to Weigh Whether Software Is Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court will attempt to answer a question that has perplexed the technology industry for decades: When is a piece of software patentable?

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Supreme Court Won’t Review N.Y. Sales-Tax Law For Online Retailers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a 2008 New York state law aimed at collecting millions in sales taxes from online purchases by state residents, rejecting a legal challenge by online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.

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Amazon Asks Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Fight

Amazon.com is taking a fight over sales tax in the state of New York to the U.S. Supreme Court. Exactly why is a little unclear.

DOMA’s Demise Celebrated by Apple, Other Top Tech Firms

A big day for gay couples makes for a bunch of happy tech workers.
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Supreme Court Says Human Genes Aren’t Patentable

The court was handing down one of its most significant rulings in the age of molecular medicine, deciding who may own the fundamental building blocks of life.

Facebook’s Gay Marriage Map

Did you switch your profile picture this week? Facebook can guess how likely you were to support gay marriage based on your age, gender and location.
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HP CEO Meg Whitman Changes Opposition Stance to Same-Sex Marriage

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has switched a previous political stance, signing a legal document saying that gay people have a constitutional right to be married. The move — which was coordinated by dozens of high-profile Republicans — came in the form of a brief to the Supreme Court as part of a case it is hearing to strike down California’s controversial Proposition 8, which barred same-sex marriage. Whitman was a vocal supporter of the ballot initiative when she ran unsuccessfully for governor in the state.

Modria Wants You to Settle Your Workplace Problems (and Even Patent Disputes) Online

And, thanks to the Supreme Court, they’re likely to get their wish.
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#scoopfail

The real lesson here is that the scoop is and always has been a dangerous act of journalistic narcissism. Did it truly matter if one outlet “broke” the same information that other outlets — and the world of the Internet — knew a second before another?

Jeff Jarvis on the failure of CNN, Fox and other outlets to report Thursday’s Supreme Court decision accurately