Big brother at its finest:

"Joining the ranks of private sector corporations assisting in the expansion of Big Brother surveillance in the US, Verizon has patentedtechnology that turns a DVR into a personal spying tool to watch Americans in their own homes.

Verizon is calling this endeavor FierceCable that is able to display 'acute sensitivity in customers’ living rooms: argument sounds prompt ads for marriage counseling, and sounds of cuddling.'"