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Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

It was exactly 40 years ago today when the first Landsat satellite—the ERTS-1—was launched into orbit by NASA to provide global coverage of large-scale human activity like building cities and farming over the long term. The very first Landsat satellite was sent into orbit on July 23, 1972 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and marks the world’s longest-running Earth observation satellite program.

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Dish Network drops AMC from lineup

Dish Network drops AMC from lineup

If you're a big fan of some the cool original programs on AMC like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men, bad news. After threatening for months to drop AMC, Dish Network has made good on the threat. AMC has now been dropped from the Dish Network lineup meaning fans of any of the networks programming will need to change carriers to be able to watch.

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DISH and Qualcomm team up for satellite chipset

DISH and Qualcomm team up for satellite chipset

Seems like everyone wants to make use of the new Snapdragon S4 SoC, with DISH and Qualcomm announcing a partnership that will see the popular chipset used in upcoming wireless devices. DISH is hoping to create mobile handsets that will be able to take use of the integrated 3G and LTE radios while also leveraging a satellite mode. DISH looks to be utilizing its spectrum to deliver wireless broadband on the ground in addition to its satellite service.

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Kazakhstan blocking Russian satellite launch

Kazakhstan blocking Russian satellite launch

Russia is hoping to launch three new satellites into space, but Kazakhstan has blocked the launches due to disputes over the drop zone for the rocket debris. The debris would fall in the northern region of Kazakhstan, with the country believing that Russia should sign a new leasing agreement if the debris zone is to be used. That’s left Russia in somewhat of a difficult position.

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Earth displayed in glorious 121-megapixel photo

Earth displayed in glorious 121-megapixel photo

The Earth is depicted as big, blue, and beautiful in NASA photos taken from space, but here’s one you might not have seen. NASA’s photos are said to be composites of multiple images, but a Russian satellite has captured one single 121-megapixel photo that simply looks stunning. We’re most used to seeing an expanse of white and blue, but here you can see some earth tones (no pun intended) in the mix too.

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LightSquared wins 2-year life bonus

LightSquared wins 2-year life bonus

It appears that LightSquared will have an extra 2-year window to earn regulatory approval for its LTE mobile network spectrum as Inmarsat cuts them a break in the face of almost certain doom. This company. LightSquared, has been seeking approval to use a combination of satellite and terrestrial signals for months now, being turned down by the FCC in the face of breaking down GPS signals. While the FCC's current position would otherwise mean LightSquared would not be able to survive the summer, the group from which they're renting spectrum now has granted them a reprieve until March 31st, 2014.

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NPD estimate points to $200 cable bill by 2020

NPD estimate points to $200 cable bill by 2020

In a study that potentially seems too forward-thinking to be useful, analyst group NPD has determined that eight years from now, the average cable or satellite TV bill will be $200 per household. In 2011, it was $86. Of course, there are viable questions about whether or not cable as we know it will even exist that far in the future, but the point of the study is to show that increased competition is not at all driving down the cost of pay TV.

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Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Last year, services like Netflix and Hulu provided enough entertainment for more than a million people in the US to cancel their cable or satellite TV subscriptions. That brings the total number of people who have made such a move to 2.65 million since 2008. These are people who specifically said they canceled pay TV service because they were switching to Web-based video options.

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DirecTV iPad app update adds streaming on demand

DirecTV iPad app update adds streaming on demand

DirecTV has rolled out a new app for the iPad that gives users the ability to stream movies on demand, from anywhere that has a data connection. The app gives users unfiltered access to titles from HBO and Showtime, along with some original DirecTV programming as well as other pay TV networks. The new app also integrates social connectivity, allowing users to share what they're watching.

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