Facebook set to launch something 'awesome'Plaintiffs drop a major copyright infringement suit against CNET, Avid and Adobe offer great deals on video-editing software to lure disenchanted Final Cut Pro users, and Facebook is raising expectations for its news event today.
It's Wednesday, July 6, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Facebook has set to launch something awesome later today. There have been rumors flying around the web whether the company will launch a video chat service like Google's Plus Hangout feature or a new tablet app or even a new music listening service with Spotify. The announcement is set for 1 p.m. Pacific and seen on news will be on hand to live blog the event. Report to servicing that with the successful launch of Google Plus, the search [unk] is moving to drop the brands of its Picasa photo management service and Blogger, the company's blogging platform. Well, there's no official comment from Google sources suggest they will now simply be called Google Photos and Google Blogs. Don't worry though, we won't see Google Video resurrected. It will still be called YouTube. If you haven't heard, pro video editors are furious with Apple's release of its new Final Cut X video-editing software and now Apple's competitors smell blood. At the end of last week, Adobe announced that users who switch from Final Cut or Avid will receive 50 percent off Premiere Pro and Creative Suite Production Premium while Avid is pouncing on Apple as well by offering Media Composer for just 995 dollars to users who switch from Final Cut Pro. Unfortunately, Final Cut Pro X users are excluded. You probably won't see anything related to the fear over a Final Cut Pro X in Steve Jobs official biography. The book was announced a few months ago as "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." Now, according Simon & Schuster which is a unit of CNET's of paired company CBS, the book will simply be titled "Steve Jobs: A Biography." The book is dated to be published on March 6 of next year. Jail breaking an iOS device has become standard for millions of iPhone and iPad users but unfortunately the fun has yet to arrive on the iPad 2 until now. Jailbreakme.com will now unshackle users from Apple's Iron Grip but it only works with iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.3. Now, don't blame CNET if you use jailbreakme.com and it breaks your iPad. Speaking of blaming CNET, you might have heard that CNET was being sued for millions of dollars for offering the P2P Software program, LimeWire on download.com. Well, attorneys for the plaintiffs have now withdrawn their sued after only setting 6 instances of infringement in their complaint. Plaintiff's attorneys vow to [unk] with thousands of more infringement claims. The alleged CNET enable pirates download over 200 million copies of LimeWire and profiting from the downloads. Those are the headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.