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Play time for GoogleXbox Live expands its entertainment hub, HTC Sense demolishes its data for a redesign, and Google concentrates all its digital content into one Play button.
It's Tuesday, March 27th, 2012. I'm Virgie Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. When you sign in to your Google account, you'll notice a new option on the menu bar called play. Google introduced a new store for you just to download movies, Android apps, music and e-books. It's pretty much a re-branded Android Marketplace with the addition of Google music and the Google e-book store. The big goal for Google was to put all their additional content in one place and that it's in the menu bar, it's easy to find and Google could be adding another feature soon, a commenting system tied to Google Plus. TechBlog, the next web is reporting that Google is working on a commenting system that would be similar to what Facebook offers. As you know, some new sites and blogs let you log in with Facebook to leave a comment, well Google wants to make sure they're not left behind and it's working to offer that same option. An Xbox LIVE update will be available this week. An early report say it'll give live subscribers access to HBO Go and Comcast on demand video service. This will raise subscribed to HBO would be able to access HBOs on the main content like Game of Thrones who just premiering this week. Xbox LIVE has already released other apps for on-demand video services including Google Plus and ESPN. If you have an HTC phone, be sure to back up all your contacts, messages and call history before the end of April because the service that was backup, HTC sends a shutting down erasing all data and getting renovated. Users can go to HTCSense.com to download a zip file of all their data. At the end of April, the servers will no longer be able to sync contacts and messages and will no longer be able to track or find the lost phone. In the meantime, HTC phone owners are encouraged to find another app that can do the job. Square, the credit reader from mobile devices used by small business owners has gotten a hardware update for encryption report to VentureBeat, devices that compete with Square like PayPal here already were encrypting credit card numbers as they transfer from the device to the payment app. Square now is doing the same and shipping out readers with encryption. As you've heard, the new iPad can tap into 4G wireless network in speeds but that's not the case in Australia even though it's sold as a 4G device. The high speed networks in Australia use a different 4G frequency than with the iPad support so the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking Apple to court seeking fines and trying to stop the sale of iPads down under over the misleading title. The Apple Stores in Australia still call it a 4G model but there's fine print saying it's 4G only in other countries. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Virgie Carey for CNET.com and you just been loaded.