Local News Finds Creative Way Around March Madness Copyright Rules



March Madness isn’t worth a recap if you can’t actually watch the tournament’s biggest highlights. But a clever local news station found a slam-dunk way to get around footage copyright laws.

WCJB TV20 in Gainesville, Fla., couldn’t legally show highlights of the University of Florida Gators’ win over the University of Dayton on March 29. Instead of waiting for footage rights to recap the game, sports anchor Zach Aldridge recruited his coworkers to recreate the game’s biggest moments in an office conference room.

Armed with a small ball and miniature basketball net, the WCJB TV20 news team recreated play after play. Aldridge even did a dramatic reenactment of Gators center Patric Young crying with joy at the end of the game Read more…

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How a High School Teacher Is ‘Gamifying’ World News



A new game called Fantasy Geopolitics (think Fantasy Football meets Model United Nations) is radically changing the way high school students in Minnesota are interacting with the news.

In 2009, Eric Nelson, a Social Studies teacher at North Lakes Academy Charter School in Forest Lake, Minn., developed Fantasy Geopolitics after recognizing that his attempts at getting his students to engage with the class weren’t quite hitting the mark.

“When I started teaching, the average ninth grader looked like a zombie in class,” Nelson told Mashable. “One night when I was lesson planning, I took a break and literally checked my Fantasy Football team and I had this realization that I was learning a lot about the NFL — things about football and the NFL I wouldn’t have otherwise learned.” Read more…

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China Mobile to Sell iPhones in January and Other News You Need to Know



Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world.

Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. After reports the NSA paid the security company RSA $ 10 million to use a flawed encryption algorithm, RSA denied allegations on its website. China Mobile will begin carrying iPhones on Jan. 17; consumers will be able to purchase the 5S and 5C at China Mobile retail stores or Apple retail stores in China. And Evad3rs, the team behind the evasi0n jailbreak, announced a jailbreak for iOS 7 over the weekend, but it was met with concern from users. According to multiple reports, the jailbreak was allegedly running an unofficial version of the jailbreak app store Cydia Read more…

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Drew Peterson Convition – How people are responding





Drew Peterson thought he was good until the Judge threw damn near 40 years at him. #notallgoodatall


Drew Peterson Shouts 'I Did Not Kill Kathleen!'

The former Ill. cop was sentenced to 38 years in jail for killing his wife Kathleen Savio in 2004. *More: abcn.ws




Drew Peterson Shouts, 'I Did Not Kill Kathleen!' – Then Gets 38-Year Sentence – ABC News


ABC NewsDrew Peterson Shouts, 'I Did Not Kill Kathleen!' – Then Gets 38-Year SentenceABC NewsFormer Illinois cop Drew Peterson yelled, "I did not kill Kathleen!" during the sentencing phase of his trial today — and then a judge sentenced him to 38 y …



Drew Peterson just got 36 years for killing his wife – bring back the death penalty!




Pretty awesome artist's rendering: Drew Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's murder.








Debbie Ford Dies at Age 57: Self-Help Guru Leaves Behind Legacy

Debbie Ford Dies

Debbie Ford was perhaps most well known for her book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers,” in which she chronicled her journey from the ink of drug addiction. The 1998 book was slated to help readers overcome their emotional baggage and pain, but also propelled the mother of one to a self-help guru.

The 1998 book was slated to help readers overcome their emotional baggage and pain, but also propelled the mother of one to a self-help guru. After her book became a New York Times bestseller, Ford continued to write, penning eight more books in her lifetime. She also began workshops and hosted radio and TV shows to help other overcome their personal struggles.