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Facebook updating its news feedFlash won't be on future television browsers, the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System failed, and Facebook will bring back the option to toggle between chronological posts and top stories.
It's Thursday, November 10, 2011. I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. We start with some good Facebook redesign news. And by good news, I mean Facebook is reverting the News Feed presentation back to how it used to be, in chronological order. Currently Facebook displays what it thinks are your top stories and you have to click a link above to pull in more recent posts, but soon Facebook will have a sort button to toggle between views: one for most recent and one for highlighted posts. Yesterday we reported that Adobe was no longer developing a Flash Player for mobile browsers. Well, it's also ditching the Flash plug-in made for television browsers. Of course, that's gonna impact future versions of Google TV for anyone who is browsing Flash videos and full websites. Adobe says the future of Flash lies in TV apps not browsing on the web, but can't we just have it all? The U.S. Department of Justice took down a large internet scam ring that pulled in 14 million dollars by infecting 4 million computers in 100 countries with malware that redirected their web addresses. It's called DNS Changer and what happened was, when someone typed in Netflix, it would instead pull up a business called Budget Match and bada-bing, the [unk] got ad click money from that redirect. Type in iTunes and it pulled up some business that sells Apple products. Type in the IRS and it pulled up H&R Block. This infected about 500,000 U.S. computers including some at NASA. Yesterday at 2:00 PM, every television and radio station throughout America was supposed to broadcast a 30-second emergency alert system test that came from inside the White House, and it failed. This was the first time there was a federal level test since the system was made in the '60s. Business Insider reported that several cable stations didn't air anything. Some Comcast subscribers saw cable boxes turned to QBC before the alert and some DirecTV customers heard Lady Gaga's Paparazzi playing during the test because that's reassuring in a crisis. It's been revealed that Amazon has bought a voice-to-text command service called Yap. So here is another of a [unk] company with speech recognition software. After the buzz about Apple's Siri, expect to see more and more services that are voice controlled over the next year. Also, in Amazon News, the company just boosted its orders of the Kindle Fire to 5 million units according to DigiTimes. With that kind of interest, expect a $200 dollar fire to put a wrench in iPad sales this holiday. But if you're in the New York area and don't know whether to get a Fire, a new tablet, an iPad or Android tablet, visit our CNET pop-up store this week. It's called Gotham and until Sunday, we have the hottest holiday devices on display. Yes, you could actually mess with all the best tech and get advice from us and/or the editors who test this stuff everyday. There are cool workshops with tips for using tech at parties, what rookie mistakes to avoid, and of course freebies to win. And if you're not in New York, don't be sad. We'll be posting videos from the events you can get tips to. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.