"Loaded: Tweeting about the election"
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Loaded: Tweeting about the election
>> Netflix stops DVD sales. AT&T puts a cap on your Internet usage and finally the day after the election -- back to the important stuff. It's Wednesday, November 5, I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> We now have president-elect Barack Obama. We had hoped to give you a behind-the-scenes look at CBS News election coverage, but instead Natali got pulled to cover the event for the CBS Early Show. So let's quickly sum up some of the tech related stories of the election. According to most pundits Obama's victory had a lot do with his ability to organize his supporters using social networks and text messages. CNN projected holographically one of its correspondents into its main studio which was cute. Citizens live blog the election as if it were an Apple event. We got live SMS updates on the electoral vote and most surprisingly, twitter, though it did get slow at times continued to function throughout the evening. Yahoo and Delver are partnering up to get you results -- search results that is. Delver is a search start up that pulls from all your social networking groups to display information on what your friends and contacts are doing online. Yahoo BOSS allows other sites to use Yahoo Search results in exchange for shared revenue or ads. Delver is using Yahoo's BOSS with its own tech to scan publicly visible info from your buddy's blogs, profiles, et cetera. As long as Delver stays away from Google I'm fine. I don't want people knowing what I'm up to. The iPhone dev team has just been presented with another challenge, the new aluminum MacBook line has a custom build version of iTunes that won't recognize the iPhone or iPod Touch if it's been jail broken. A jail broken iPhone boots into a special mode that won't register when it's connected to the newest MacBook. Gizmodo speculates that the issue is most likely a software model exclusive to the new line, the iTunes version works with other Macs and the Windows version just fine. Brightcove, the online video uploading site is ending its free services. Brightcove is a lot like YouTube, but it's since undergone a few changes. The site began offering consumer uploads at the beginning of its run and tapered it down to allow video uploads exclusively from its publishing partners. Now, the Brightcove network will be no more and the company aims to focus on its paid services. All free accounts will be deleted by December 17 and videos by users that haven't upgraded will be removed. Chances are it's mostly out of date anyway, but if you have Brightcove videos embedded on any of your blogs or social networks transfer that puppy over before it's too late. Netflix is putting an end to DVD sales. The company posted a blog yesterday saying that they would focus on their core business of DVD rentals and streaming video. The company just expanded its streaming service to Mac users and if you really want to buy a DVD there are plenty of other places to go. Nokia is getting into the low cost handset market. The company is planning to offer a selection of affordable mobile devices and services for users in emerging markets. The prices will range from 25 to 90 Euros and some models will begin shipping by the end of this year. The phones will include the company's lowest cost handset and a model with an integrated music player and e-mailing capabilities. The company will also launch a service titled Nokia Life Tools specifically designed for rural and small town communities. The service is expected to rollout in the first half of next year in India and then expand to Asia and Africa later on in the year. AT&T is considering a monthly data cap for Internet subscribers. The company will test out the cap in Reno first and then may extend the limit on to other areas as they see fit. AT&T claims 5% of their subscribers take up 50% of the bandwidth capacity and the company wants to limit those users specifically. Beginning this month AT&T will place at 20 gigabyte per month limit on users with the slowest DSL service and a 150 gigabyte per month cap for the fastest plan. Of course customers can track their usage on AT&T's site and the company will reach out to members after they've reached 80% of their limit. Those exceeding their plan will be charged $1 per gigabyte and the company will offer a grace period to allow subscribers time to adjust. Well, that's very nice of them. A 150 gigabyte cap for AT&T's fastest plan seems awfully small to me. Let's hope this little experiment of AT&T doesn't get passed Reno. In government news the FCC has approved the use of White Space spectrum for wireless broadband. White Space is the buffer zone between television channels that prevents interference. Supporters of the measure hoped by opening the White Space they would be able to offer super fast broadband access to the Internet from a variety of mobile devices. Backers hoped to offer Internet access to rural areas as well. Detractors mostly from the broadcast industry had claimed that it would interfere with their television signals. That does it for today. Natali will be back tomorrow, so definitely check back with us then. I'm Mark Licea and you've just been Loaded.
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