Daily Sprout

Supreme Court Pick’s Track Record: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor wrote the opinion in Riverkeeper vs. EPA, siding with the fishes and against power companies in a big case that the Supreme Court just overturned. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

The State of State Energy Policies: As the legislative season comes to a close in some states, Kansas now has a renewable portfolio standard, Washington has an executive order aimed at reducing coal plant and auto emissions, Vermont may soon have new incentives for clean energy generation and Nevada has a few bills meant to attract solar panel makers to the state. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Battery Tech Hurdles: According to a paper presented at the 215th biannual meeting of the Electrochemical Society, more work needs to be done to understand not only the primary components of a lithium-ion battery, but also how they interact with one another during use. — Green Car Congress

Rack Density Going Up: A new survey released today finds upcoming data center expansions will be designed to support significantly higher power densities than today’s facilities, partly to reduce energy costs. — Data Center Knowledge

First Solar’s Bruce Sohn: First Solar President Bruce Sohn won’t get into specifics, but in a new Q&Q he talks about the company‚Äôs overall approach to integrating equipment designed by outside suppliers. — PV-Tech

Vid-Biz: Expletives, Loneliness, Food2

Supreme Court Sides with the FCC Over “Fleeting Expletives;” court says agency followed proper procedures when issuing fines for swearing on broadcast TV, though the Supremes did not address the underlying free speech issue. (The Wall Street Journal)

Researchers: TV Makes You Feel Less Lonely; new studies indicate that “watching TV provides viewers with the illusion that their social needs are being met.” So… you’re saying Liz Lemon and I are not BFF? (The Hollywood Reporter)

Food Network Launches Food2; aiming for younger audiences, site will have more than 1,000 videos at launch including web series and how-tos. (TVWeek)

TV.com Sees Big Growth in March; comScore says the site’s unique users jumped 401 percent from the previous month to 3.5 million and the number of streams grew 153 percent to 7.1 million. (MediaWeek) Liz wrote up a full run-down of comScore’s March video numbers yesterday.

Spinal Tap Includes YouTube Videos in Concert; heavy duty! The mock metal group mixes fan-made music videos into its live show. (Variety)

RealDVD Back in Court Today; RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser is expected to testify, Judge Marilyn Patel closed the court during testimony last Friday. (CNET)

Vid-Biz: DECE, ABC, Meet the New Maria

DECE Adds Six New Members; Panasonic, Samsung, MOD Systems among those joining the digital copyright consortium, but the group still lacks Apple’s participation. (VentureBeat)

ABC.com Has Streamed More Than Half Billion Episodes; Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group says ABC and Disney have sold “tens of millions” of episodes through iTunes. (paidContent)

Star of new West Side Story on Broadway Found on YouTube; director saw video of Argentine stage actress Josefina Scaglione singing on YouTube and flew her up for auditions (she got the part). (The Wall Street Journal)

Supreme Court to Consider Remote DVR Case Today; copyright owners still oppose Cablevision’ centralized DVR VOD system; high court to decide whether it will hear the appeal. (The LA Times)

Samsung: TVs Now All About Interactivity; president of the company’s digital media business says providing content through its devices more of a priority over the next five years. Will Samsung develop its own video service? (Bits Blog)

Netflix Launches the “FIND Your Voice Film Competition;” indie film competition has Josh Brolin as honorary chair and panel judge; winner gets a $150,000 production grant plus a whole lot of other goodies. (www.netflix.com/findyourvoice)

Vid-Biz: Quantcast, McCain, Indecency

Quantcast Signs MTV Networks; company will provide web metrics for MTVN sites. (AdWeek)
John McCain on Losing the Election; big ideas site Big Think sat down with the GOP candidate a few months ago and asked him what it would mean to him if he lost the election. (Big Think Blog)

Supreme Court Hears Indecency Case; FCC and networks duke it out over fleeting expletives. (TVWeek)
TV Networks Eye India; Viacom, Time Warner and GE-backed channels all vying for a piece of Bollywood, where TV ad spending is expected to grow for years. (The Wall Street Journal)
“Anti-Piracy Hero” Shot Dead; Kasim Cha Tong, former regional director for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, was gunned down in Thailand; police looking into the possibility that this was an assassination. (TorrentFreak)
FCC Looks Into Cable TV Pricing; commission opening investigation into the practices of cable operators and Verizon, including the shifting of analog stations to digital. (The Associated Press)