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UK scraps its 'three strikes' piracy plan, brings in softer guidelines

In a signal that heavy-handed anti-piracy tactics--and placing the burden of enforcement on ISPs--isn't working well, the United Kingdom is revising its "three strikes" plan which would boot illegal file sharers off their ISP after three warnings.  Instead it will implement in 2015 a less rigid Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), which sends file sharers four warning letters … and does nothing else.

YouTube's value to advertisers touted by Google execs

Reports that YouTube's audience growth is stagnating didn't dissuade Google executives from touting its benefits to advertisers as a key player in growing their digital campaigns.

NFL Sunday Ticket streaming-only package no longer just a dream

Want to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket without carrying a DirecTV subscription as well? This could be your lucky season. The satellite provider is offering NFLSundayTicket.tv starting at $199.99--with certain restrictions.

Moonves says Aereo never talked to CBS

Did Aereo ever try and negotiate content rights with broadcasters before taking its case to the Supreme Court? According to Les Moonves, CBS never got a call.

Consumers have no love for online video's cruddy, repetitive commercials, study says

Those who have spent any time watching ad-supported online video are painfully familiar with the grueling amount of repeat ads they're subjected to. And a new Strata Marketing survey concurs, finding that a big chunk of consumers consider OTT ads more annoying than television ads.

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Microsoft reported a 7 percent decline in its quarterly profit, largely due to the effects of incorporating Nokia's handset business. But the company's revenue increased with the addition of the $1.99 billion in revenues the company scored from Nokia's handset operations. Importantly, Microsoft reported selling 5.8 Lumia-branded Windows Phones, a decline from the 7.4 million Lumia smartphones Nokia sold during the second quarter of last year.