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Television and Telephone companies are listening to you (literally)


WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Verizon has filed a patent for targeting ads that collect information from infrared cameras and microphones that can detect the amount of people and types of conversations happening in customers’ living rooms.

The set-top box technology is not the first of its kind – Comcast patented similar monitoring technology in 2008 that recommended content to users based on people it recognized in the room. Google TV also proposed a patent that would use video and audio recorders to figure out exactly how many people in a room were watching its broadcast.

Verizon filed for the application in May 2011, but the report was published last week due to laws stating that all patent applications be published after 18 months.

FierceCable first publicized the Verizon patent that gives examples of the DVR’s acute sensitivity in customers’ living rooms: argument sounds prompt ads for marriage counseling, and sounds of “cuddling” prompt ads for contraceptives.

“If detection facility detects one or more words spoken by a user (e.g., while talking to another user within the same room or on the telephone), advertising facility may utilize the one or more words spoken by the user to search for and/or select an advertisement associated with the one or more words,” Verizon states in the patent application.

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What I find amusing

is while they think they can target such sounds as "cuddling" (ew, that just sounds wrong) to target advertisements, many of us are DVR'ing everything so as to pass by the advertisements.

Schizophrenic society we live in.

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They don't need cameras and

They don't need cameras and microphones in any of your appliances like a cable box or a washing machine, and there aren't any. Anyone with basic actual understanding of electronics can open up these things and see with their own eyes that there aren't cameras or microphones in them. Smart meters are not receiving and relaying signals from these fictitious spy devices. If anything is going to be used to spy, they are going to use technology that already exists, like cell phones. They're perfect for the application (ALL have a microphone and most these days have a camera), people buy them voluntarily, they have a means of transmitting, and they are legally required to have a backdoor to sniff audio and video even when powered off. Laptops would be secondary. They all have cameras, microphones, and a wireless device in them, and software like Flash, by default, has access to them.

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does anybody here actually pay attn to advertisements?

Just curious

My friend was supposed to fix the cooling system on a phone

switching box out in the country about 10 years back. Which he did.

But he spent most of the day listening to people's conversations for funsies.

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My dad was convinced this was happening

covertly ten years ago or more. I have found that if the technology exists then the government or someone is using it. And the technology has existed for a while now.

So the question now is: Do people accept it or not. In the end it will be great because it would be total security. And in the end it will be horrible because it will be total slavery. My chickens are nice and safe as long as I have them locked up in their pen. When I let them out they are free but danger lurks. Yet they always want to be let free despite the danger and this is normal for any creature. But humans are to smart for that.


I became aware when I first started hearing about programs like

"carnivore" and the Kevin Mitnick reversed spying he did on the FBI using the same software they were using to track him. :)

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Verizon is owned by the Carlyle Group (pure evil) here is how to

Undermine their agenda and hold on to your money and data.Buy a used Verizon iPhone 4 for 150$ from Craigslist .Don't worry if it has "bad esn". We won't be using this.Find iPhone flashing on Craigslist .Look for a metro pcs flasher.Current price here in Southern California is 90$ to put your "flashed phone"'s Meid into metro's data base and program it to new acct. metro is currently offering new customers unlimited talk,text and web for 30$ per mo w/ no contract!!! If metro is not in your area cricket is also good @55$ or boost can be as low as 40$. My point here is by not subsidizing a new smart phone every six months through needlessly rapey 24 mo contracts to can save a lot of money while denying entities that are bad.Even if you take say a referbed iPhone from a major carrier for 99$ your bill will be 250(mine was) x 24 mo.s= 6,000$ + 99$=6100$. Lay out 250$ upfront for used phone + flash then 30$ x 24 mo.s=970$ savings over 24 mos =5,130$ undermining a monopolistic cartel =PRICELESS. Control your privacy by utilizing the TOR network and or duckduckgo. I am not in anyway a salesman of these co.s just a client and fan.

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i agree to a point

But verizon has a major coverage advantage. In part because they have entire departments devoted to finding legal ways to scam customers

They Are Installing

that same kind of spy equipment in appliances too. Better whisper around your toaster or stove if it is "smart"



I don't think I want Verizon anymore.

People should get mad at

People should get mad at this.

I hope you all start writing Congress people and other organizations which would have the capacity to deal with such an issue.

OR - they could just get rid of the cable box

That would be a lot easier.

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No broadcast TV

I use a pre-paid cell phone, prepaid internet, no contracts, pay with cash = no problems.

Prepaid internet?

Could you please elaborate? This sounds much better than what I have now.

(yeah yeah, I could use google, but I'd rather hear...er, read a personal experience! ;0 )

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Prepaid Internet

I get it at Radio Shack, Buy a USB device, About $90. Set up an account not using your real info. Pay cash each month for a prepaid internet card $55 plus your sales tax rate. no contract no additional $10-$20 extra fees on top of your contracted price. If short on cash don't have to get service for a month. All you need is to able to get a cell tower signal.


All internet is pre-paid. All

All internet is pre-paid.

All the companies, regardless if it's Comcast, COX, Time Warner, Dish Network or all the other companies -- ALL BILL FOR THEIR SERVICES IN ADVANCE.

The reason for this, is because those companies are actually bill the cable companies for their service in advance.

So the cable companies just roll that bill down to customers. Regardless, all the services are billed in advance and therefore are all technically 'pre-paid'.

That's why you get credits to service when you change your package in the middle of a billing cycle.

I thought s/he was

referring to some sort of plan that worked on the same principle as a prepaid cell phone. As in, getting a card for x amount of hours/GB per month.

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