Sprint rolling out 4G LTE next yearKindle Fire could disrupt iPad's tablet dominance, Facebook cookies track users after logging off, the Facebook iPad app could be announced next week, and Sprint will be rolling out its own 4G LTE wireless network.
-It's Tuesday, September 27, 2011. I'm Jeff Bakalar from cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. A CNET exclusive report says Sprint will be launching its own 4G LTE Network early next year. Right now, Sprint uses WiMax and this upgrade will put it on par with carriers like Verizon and AT&T who have the more advanced 4G technology and if reports are true that means all 3 carriers will be getting the iPhone except for T-Mobile. Sprint is planning to announce details of the LTE network in an event next week. The rumored train is chugging along next stop, the Kindle Android Tablet that's supposedly will be announced Wednesday. TechCrunch reports it will be called the Kindle Fire and it will have a 7-inch display about the same size as Blackberry's Playbook. When the news comes out tomorrow, expect Amazon to rave about all the media that can be played on it. They have about 11,000 streaming shows for prime subscribers after that new deal they just signed with Fox and the Wall Street Journal say amazon just made several deals with magazine publishers as well. Kindle isn't the only tablet with rumored news. Mashable is reporting that Facebook iPad app will finally be released. Unlikely, it will be announced the same time as the iPhone 5 on October 4th. Apparently, the this app has been done for some time, but sources say, the release was held up because apple and Facebook just couldn't agree on terms, but apparently Facebook won't disagree over one thing tracking your every move even if you're signed out of Facebook. The news broke after a self-labeled hacker made a blog post showing that Facebook's cookies will track the pages you visit after you log off. Facebook response, the cookies are designed to prevent phishing attacks and Facebook won't use the data the collect. Facebook says they are looking at ways to avoid having the data collected, but it will "take a while." Sure, Facebook, we understand that's no problem. We totally trust you. In other Facebook news, the service Spotify is requiring new users to have a Facebook account to sign up for the service and it's taking off users who don't like the idea of sharing every single song they are listening to with Facebook servers. Discussion boards are flooded with displeased users who say it's a deterrent from joining. Hey, I don't blame them. It's not like I want people knowing I listen to air supply on repeat. I just told everyone, but you can always turn off the option to share by heading to Facebook's privacy settings under apps and websites. There's even a how to today on CNET.com. For the digital to analog social network, one man in Canada proves you can still do it old school style by chucking bottles into the ocean. For 15 years, Harold Hackett has sent more than 4800 messages into the Atlantic Ocean and has even gotten more 3,100 replies like real handwritten replies. What a concept. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.