Today will be remembered as a historic day for technology as well as politics. CNN became the first station to introduce a pseudo-hologram technology to make it appear as if two correspondents separated by thousands of miles are standing in the same room. The technology works by having an animated avatar superimposed on the video stream by correlating the angle of the camera being viewed by the audience with an array of cameras positioned around the subject being "beamed". I thought it was a little misleading for CNN to call it the first hologram on TV since there was no 3D projection involved (i.e. Wolf Blitzer couldn't see a 3D image standing in front of him), but it still ranks pretty high on the cool-o-meter. I can see how this would be less distracting than a split screen in many situations, especially when used for more than two participants.
In other news, Google and friends won a long running battle with the telecom giants and sports leagues to open up the white spaces spectrum. Today's move by the FCC to release this spectrum freed up by the move to digital television could be the beginning of truly ubiquitous wireless broadband. Yeah!