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+ - Are LG Smart TV's Spying On Their Owners?

Submitted by beamdriver
beamdriver (554241) writes "While playing with his LG Smart TV, DoctorBeet, a UK computer enthusiast, stumbled across the fact that the device was silently logging what channels he was watching and sending that data back to the South Korean company so it could better target him with advertisements.

After analyzing network traffic, DoctorBeet concluded that his TV was reporting information about his viewing habits back to LG regardless of whether he had the system option "Collection of watching info" enabled or not."
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+ - Court OKs Cablevision Network DVR Service

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beamdriver writes "According to Long Island Business News, A federal appeals court Monday threw out a lower court's decision last year that blocked Cablevision from introducing their new network digital video recorder. The network DVR stores the recorded programs at Cablevision's data center and not on the set-top box's hard drive.

The full ruling is here"

+ - Apple/VOIP Providers Sued Over Visual Voicemail

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beamdriver writes "Via Extremetech, Reuters is reporting that Klausner Technologies is suing Apple as well as VOIP providers Comcast Corp, Cablevision Systems Corp and eBay Inc's Skype for infringing its patent for "visual voicemail." The complaint involves U.S. patent 5,572,576, " Telephone answering device linking displayed data with recorded audio message". This is the same patent at issue in a suit Klausner filed in 2006 against telephone service provider Vonage Holdings Corp.

The company alleges that Cablevision's Optimum Voicemail, Comcast's Digital Voice Voicemail and eBay's Skype Voicemail violate Klausner's patent by allowing users to selectively retrieve and listen to voice messages via message inbox displays. Essentially, Klausner is claiming a patent on displaying a list of voicemails."

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