“A senior administration official tells Yahoo News the president could grant clemency to ‘hundreds, perhaps thousands’ of people locked up for nonviolent drug crimes by the time he leaves office — a stunning number that hasn’t been seen since Gerald Ford extended amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers in the 1970s.”—Yahoo News’ Liz Goodwin reports on a White House plan to release nonviolent drug offenders serving lengthy sentences before the end of Obama’s presidency.
“What’s so ”terrible” about a phone working like a free-to-air pocket TV? Well, that’s it in a nutshell. I don’t see the difference, except that it’s turning your phone or tablet computer into a pocket TV. What’s the difference, except that the phone may be able to work like a portable recorder of free-to-air signals, basically taking a VCR or DVD recorder on the road with you?”—
Television used to be free; for years now we can only watch public channels by purchasing the “basic” cable package. I have always resented that but had no choice. Even with antennas the reception is horrible. Is there a way to get free access?
Television was considered a another way of communication like radio. Why are we being forced to purchase cable if we want to view “public” television.
Thank you for a great job you do hitting on important issues.
"Remember TV rabbit ears?...Aereo is a modern version"
Meet the man who is shaking up the TV industry - founder and CEO of Aereo, Chet Kanojia. He’s headed to the Supreme Court next week to argue that his company is legal. I sat down with him to talk about the issues his company faces and the future of TV - watch it here.
Asserting that the future of broadcast television is seriously at risk, networks, stations, and programming companies have asked the Supreme Court to give them broad copyright protection against the streaming of their programs on the Internet by an outsider, with no payments to them. The Court may take its first look later this year at the case, American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. (docket 13-461). An answering brief is now due on November 12. The case, if granted, could be decided in the current Term. (via SCOTUS Blog)
Do you think Aereo is changing the future of television? I’m interviewing the company’s CEO, Chet Kanojia, who is headed to the Supreme Court next week to argue why his company’s technology should be legal. If you’ve used Aereo, what was your experience? Do you think it’s the future of cable TV? Tell me what you think and check back Thursday to watch the full interview.
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Edward Snowden in his statement after the Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize along with the Washington Post.