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TV Broadcasters Want Money for Streaming Over The Air Signals – Tech Tuesday

I'm sure many of us know the difference between cable TV and over the air TV. If not, over the air is free for anyone with an antenna to pick up and watch. While cable uses antennas to pick up signals and strengthen and rebroadcast them to subscribers. A company that gives you the ability to stream your own over the air signals to your personal devices. Broadcasters say they need to be paid licensing fees.

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NASA Video Taken Down by False Copyright Claim – Tech Tuesday

These kinds of stories seem to be cropping up often now. Someone posts their own work on YouTube, Their own music animation, what have you, and an automated system sees it and claims that it violates the copyright of another company, and you have to jump through hoops to get your own video back up on YouTube. That's what happened when NASA posted a video of the the Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars.

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Watching The Olympics Opening Ceremonies in a Hotel.
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Olympic Watchers Online Sidestep NBC Restrictions – Tech Thursday

NBC has said that their ratings for the Olympics has been tremendous. They say more people have been watching then before. They attribute that to their online streaming of live events. But NBC's requirement of having a more expensive cable subscription to have access to them, has excluded people from being able to watch, simply because they don't pay for a higher level cable package, have a small independent cable carrier or opted to not have cable at all. I'm in that general group of people. So how can I watch online?

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Is RapidShare Next on The Piracy Chopping Block? – Tech Thursday

Just a little more than 24 hours after the sound thumping that the SOPA and PIPA bills got online and the subsequent tabling of them in Congress, file locker website MegaUpload was shutdown by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged piracy of movies and music. The accusers, the same people that helped Congress write the SOPA and PIPA bills, the RIAA and the MPAA. Now RapidShare is thought to be the next take down.

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