It Does Not Matter If NBC, CBS, ABC Block Google And Here is Why

You have to love the headlines which state that Google has declared war on the popular over the air network stations. On the surface it would seem that if Google can not stream TV shows from CBS, ABC or NBC, that this would hurt Google TV. But there is just one small problem that may make this a moot point. The TV networks may have a problem blocking out pirated streams of recent TV shows. Even if Google could block out the sites featuring pirated TV show broadcasts, a savvy Internet user may not have any trouble finding the sites on their own.

In a recent article it states that:

Google TV was designed to allow users to easily search for their favorite television shows across local television listings and Web sites offering streaming. Google TV can also run Android apps such as Netflix streaming, Pandora Internet radio and Amazon Video on Demand.

Blocking access to online video may seem like a prudent strategic move in the short term, but the fact is the networks will not thwart Google TV owners who know where to look. Since Google TV comes loaded with the Chrome browser, Google TV owners could just navigate to the many sites that catalog pirate streams of network television. Everyday thousands of people upload recorded broadcast streams to one of the online video services such as Megavideo, ZShare and WiseVid. Other sites then catalog those videos allowing users to find content quickly and easily.

Users are moving towards online video streaming in ever larger numbers and spending more time than ever viewing online video. In September, 175 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 14.4 hours of online video per user, according to metrics firm comScore. The year previous, comScore found that 168 million users in the U.S. watched an average of 9.8 hours of online video during the month of September.

I do not support nor do I condone obtaining TV from pirated sources. But I also realize that this can and will be done so as far as I am concern, the TV networks are playing a silly game, in which they will lose revenue in the end. Google has no qualms about pilfering news from other sources, does anyone believe they will stop others from pilfering TV content?

What do you think?

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Source – Macworld

Opt In or Opt Out – Another Important Congressional Decision

As most everyone who uses Facebook knows, the Internet social networking site made some changes recently. Users have the option to opt out  if they wish to have their personal information not sent to several third parties. Now Senator Charles Schumer of New York and a number of other Democratic Senators want Facebook to change this to Opt in. Really, I kid you not.

A recent article also stated:

The issue surrounds Facebook’s decision to automatically share your data with select partners (currently limited to Docs.com, Pandora.com, and Yelp.com) the moment you visit the site. Rather than forcing you to click a “Log In With Facebook” button, Facebook automatically shares basic information about you. While there remains to be confusion surrounding the multiple services launched by Facebook at last week’s developer conference, Facebook could soon have to back down from this new trial service.

At a time in our nation’s history when the bankers and Wall Street insiders are running amok, when we are trillions of dollars in debt, when we have wars being fought on two fronts, congressmen have the time to worry about whether Facebook users opt in or opt out?

One word. UNBELIEVABLE!

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‘Spam King’ Escapes From Federal Prison – Kills Self & Family

Edward “Eddie” Davidson, 35, the man better known as the ‘Spam King’ ,walked away from a federal prison in Colorado. Davidson had been previously convicted of sending thousands of unsolicited emails that attempted to solicit people to invest in questionable stocks.

According to the Rocky Mountain News the article states:

According to Lakewood police Tuesday, Davidson apparently escaped when his wife came to visit him Sunday in Florence. “He jumped in the car with his wife,” said Will Cochenour of the Lakewood police Tuesday. “When they were leaving, he forced her in the car, brought them home and left after a change in clothing. He’s still at large.”

It was not clear Tuesday whether Davidson or his wife was driving the vehicle from Florence to Lakewood.

Davidson was last seen leaving the home on South Fig Street on Sunday afternoon in his wife’s 2006 silver Toyota Sequoia.

This story has ended in tragedy.

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Update: This morning it was announced that Davidson, his wife and 3 year old daughter were found dead in what authorities describe as a murder-suicide.  Source. Please say a prayer for the two surviving children, one who was shot in the neck.

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