Google wants to be your wireless carrierBuy a data plan from Google? Reports say it could happen. Meanwhile, Amazon launches a textbook creator and Twitter shows missed tweets.
Google wants to be your wireless carrier. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. In a year or two you may purchase a wireless data and calling plan from Google. Several reports indicate Google is taking steps to launch its own cellular phone service. And it would ride on the existing networks of Sprint and T-Mobile. The Wall Street Journal and the tech blog The Information are among the outlets reporting the plan. Google would pay Sprint and T-Mobile to use those networks, and that's how it works for smaller carriers like Tracfone and Freedompop. So why would Google want to do this? Well, it's complicated. You see, Google needs to stay friendly with wireless carriers that sell android phones, but it does want more control the whole buying experience. So if Google is in control of both the phones and the wireless plans, that simplicity could lower the cost of a plan, and it means Google could experiment with new ways of showing you advertising through its network. But this is not happening anytime soon. And maybe it'll be a limited launch when it does become available. Google has been exploring all sorts of new wireless projects lately, including delivering internet to more countries using drones, balloons, and most recently low orbit satellites with an investment of $1 billion to Space X. Meanwhile, while we have Google working on new internet services and Microsoft creating hologram viewing headsets, the folks at Amazon are dealing with dirty diapers. One of Amazon's recent projects is causing a stink with consumers. About seven weeks ago, it began selling its own line of discounted baby diapers as a perk to Prime subscribing parents. But it has stopped selling the diapers to make some design improvements. And there's other Amazon news leaking today. Yeah, I can't help myself. The retail giant has launched a new program to create digital textbooks. And educators and authors can use the Kindle Textbook Creator tool to turn PDFs into interactive digital textbooks. That can be accessed on multiple devices, not just kindles but on also iPad, pcs and android tablets. And in Amazon competitor news Overstock dot com is also getting into video streaming game, going up against Amazon prime instant video. In a few months it's gonna launch a video streaming service for over stocks club o loyalty program. Offering 30,000 shows and movies. Overstock's loyalty program costs $20 a year, but unlike Amazon, Overstock is gonna charge another fee for video. The price hasn't been determined. And, in social media news, you may start seeing older tweets pop up on your mobile Twitter feed. Twitter has a new feature that will show you some of the tweets you missed since the last time you logged on the app. Even though the point of Twitter is to see things in real time, Twitter just can't resist the urge to act more like Facebook. That's your tech news update, there's more details on cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]