A banana phone?Students are Dartmouth College are working on ways to identify photoshopped images, shares of Groupon continue to fall, and innovations at the University of Tokyo could help turn a banana into a phone.
It's Tuesday November 29th 2011. I'm Bridgette Carey on cnet.com. And it's time to get loaded. The AT&T and T Mobile merger may have many hurdles to keep it from succeeding. But AT&T isn't throwing in the towel. In fact the New York Times reported AT&T has been trying to cut a deal with a prepaid provider Lead Wireless which sells it's phones under the name Cricket Wireless. It could sell a big chunk of T Mobile to lead like customer counts and wireless spectrum. Making Lead Wireless the fourth largest carrier. And by strengthening another competitor it could a piece of the department of justice to drop it's fight against the acquisition. Pretty much photo in a magazine is retouched or Photoshopped. But what if there was a software that could tell you how much a photo was edited. Computer science students at Dartmouth are proposing a software tool that can measure how much a model photo has been changed with photo editing software and it would use a scale from 1 to 5. The goal of the creators is to bring more honesty and transparency to advertising. The research is being published this week in the National Academy of Sciences Journal. And in other innovation news, students at the University of Tokyo cam turn an everyday object into a computer interface using projectors and human gestures. Turn a pizza box into a laptop. Turn a banana into a banana phone. It's called Invoke computing. And it's the concept that computers should learn our behaviors and gestures and respond to us. But I don't think anyone will be trading in their smartphone for a banana phone anytime soon. The Groupon stock continues to fall since they went public earlier this month at $20 a share. There was a brief place boost but it's now at about $15 and overall has dropped 41%. Analyst say that immediate future doesn't look so bright for Groupon stock. When you look at the current economy and it's business model, some small businesses aren't seeing the benefits of working with Groupon. Customers always wanna come back after redeeming their discount. Facebook is getting closer to joining Groupon as a public stock. The Wallstreet Journal reports Facebook could have an initial public offering that would value it at a 100 billion dollars. And if it could come between April and June of next year. If Facebook is valued at a 100 billion, that would trump giants like Cisco worth 96 billion or Hewlett Packard worth 52 billion. Those were your headlines for today. I'm Bridgette Carey for cnet.com and it's been loaded.