Sling.com Internet TV portal opens to the public [EngadgetHD]
From the makers of the popular Slingbox, the television location-shifting appliance, comes the launch of Sling.com, a portal for online video. Sling Media has opened the site to the public, and claims over 90 different programming providers. Those include some you've heard of that do programming for cable television, like Discovery Networks and Versus. The site also offers a few feature length movie titles. Unlike some of the other video portals out there, Sling.com offers some social networking features, so you can let your friends know what you're watching and recommend shows. The site is still officially in beta, but there's already quite a bit of content available for viewing.
The New York Times featured two articles over the weekend about the increasing discretion that Google has over the content that makes its way onto the Internet and the increasing amount of personal information that Google collects from Internet users. Both pieces are very good reading. The first profiles the difficult judgement calls that Google makes when it comes to content on the popular YouTube video sharing site. Frequently Google is called upon to determine whether videos violate a myriad of different laws in different countries and whether Google can provide the videos to users in countries where they are legal while blocking those same videos in the countries where they are illegal. TechDirt profiles and links to both articles.