Netflix raises pricesPandora gets a new HTML5-based redesign, Facebook for Every Phone gives people sans smartphones access to the social network, and Netflix raises prices on plans for DVD rentals and streaming video.
It's Wednesday, July 13th 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on Cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. If you haven't already heard about Netflix's net pricing scheme, then brace yourself. You may not like this. Netflix has started to offer a bare-bones DVD plan for just 7.99 a month. The kicker is that it doesn't come with any support for Netflix's popular streaming servers. Users who wanted both could just pay 9.99 a month before but now, users will have to pay 15.98 a month for a single DVD rental and streaming service as well. A 60% increase overall. New users will be subject to the pricing changes immediately while current customers won't be affected until September 1st. Google has rolled out a new Android market and now, it includes books and movies. In addition to a new look, American users will be able to rent thousands of movies starting at just 1.99. Movies will be streamed instantly without the need to wait although, downloading is still an option. Also in the U.S., users can now purchase books as well. Books and movies will be linked to your Google account. The new market requires Android 2.2 or higher. AT&T has announced that HP's new webOS based tablet is coming to the wireless carrier. It's called the HP TouchPad 4G but don't think that the new tablet supports LTE speeds. The TouchPad 4G uses HSPA+. On the bright side, it does come with all the basic goodies like wifi, 32 gigabytes of internal storage, GPS and a surprisingly faster 1.5 gigahertz CPU. There's no word yet on pricing or an exact release date except sometime before back-to-school season starts. The popular internet streaming music site, Pandora is rolling out a new design that is slicker but loads faster and gets rid of its Flash based music player. The site, has been rebuilt for HTML5, has built-in support for [unk] of features and it promises to be easier than ever before. Additional features include: enhanced search, music feeds where you can listen to music at the same time as your friends and personal profile pages. Nintendo has announced that its Nintendo Video service will land on the Japanese version of its popular 3DS handset today. The new service will allow users to download 2D and 3D continent. While it arrives in the Land of the Rising Sun, American users are still out of luck. Nintendo Video and Netflix will be released soon- the company says. While a recent study said that one third of Americans now have a smartphone, the vast majority of cellphone users and Facebook users are still on feature phones. Not wanting to alienate a major portion of its 750 million users, the social network is launching Facebook for every phone and will reported be compatible at phones that support Java, the applet user check out their feeds and Facebook is working with carriers around the world to offer free data and access for 90 days. So far though, no American carrier has signed up. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for Cnet.com and you've just been loaded.