"Loaded: Kids these days!"
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Loaded: Kids these days!
>> Hulu is starting to hoard its content. We have a First Look at Samsung's new HD phone and kids these days are way too spoiled with technology -- as if that's news. It's Thursday, February 19, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Boxee is removing support for Hulu. Boxee is a Media Center has been under development for the last couple of months. It has the ability to stream videos from many different online content providers including CNET TV and TV.com. According to a blog post by the company president, Hulu requested that Boxee remove the support even though the Media Center software plays Hulu's ads. Boxee hopes that it can negotiate Hulu support again in the future. But what's with Hulu these days. First, it pulled its content from TV.com and now Boxee. Why are they being so stingy and weird? T-Mobile has announced plans to offer unlimited voice calling for $50 a month. Initially this offer will only be available in the San Francisco Bay Area and only for customers who have been with the company for at least 22 months. However, if you are a new customer, T-Mobile will offer to give you a $135 to make the switch. This effectively lowers an unlimited voice data and texting plan from T-Mobile from $100 to just $85 a month. The new pricing plan has been seen as a response to boost mobile's $50 unlimited voice plan. I'm glad to see competition by the mobile providers has finally started to lower the price of service. Let's see if Verizon or AT&T follows suit. Speaking of Verizon, the company thinks it can have 4G wireless service here in the U.S. by next year. The company will test it out this year and says that it will hit 25 to 30 markets in 2010. Clearwire also has just taken the 4G network. The company teamed up with Sprint Nextel saying that they would establish 4G networks by the end of 2009. But remember back in 2006, Sprint thought their Wi-Fi network would reach a hundred million by the end of 2008 and that certainly didn't happen. These are pretty ambitious goals, and I don't want to jinx them, but I'm also not running out to buy a 4G gadget just yet. Google won a lawsuit in Pennsylvania regarding Street View. The company was being sued by Aaron and Christine Boring saying that Street View significantly disregarded their privacy interest when it captured images of their house beyond signs that said Private Road. They claimed mental suffering and loss of property value. They asked for $25,000 in damages and for the images to be removed and destroyed. The District Court of Western Pennsylvania said no way, ruling that the Borings failed to state a claim under any count. Also they made their address and property even more public than ever before by filing the suit in the first place -- way to show it to you. The new Nintendo DSi is coming to the U.S. on April 5. It's been available in Asia for months, but it's finally coming here for a $170. This is the thinner DS, with two cameras and expandable card slot and a music player. It will also launch in the U.S. in a new blue color. It's kind of a powder, aqua blue, not my favorite, but there's always black. While following our coverage out of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress I noticed something we haven't seen before. Kent German got a first look at the new Samsung Omnia HD. Take a look.
>> Really has a huge screen, it's really bright, really colorful, very vibrant. It looks really nice. It does play HD video. It does have the Samsung's TouchWiz interface as you can see and the icons are all there on the side. It's very similar to the TouchWiz we've seen in other phones in the U.S. Also this is a 3D interface and what you can do is you can slide that over like that, kind of looks like a corner of a room. There's a little bit of effects going on. It is a totally touchscreen device, so there is no keyboard, no keypad.
>> The President Of The United States of America -- the band, not the group of American leaders are selling their music on iTunes as an iPhone application -- this is clever. You can buy the music as MP3 files, but you can also buy a 2.99 application that streams their top 40 hits. The application was built by Melodeo, which was founded by the group's singer Dave Dederer. Of course you need a Wi-Fi connection to stream this music, so it really isn't any better than Pandora or Slacker, but I still think it's an innovative way to get your music out there, so thumps up to POTUS. And now it's time for my regular. This story is good birth control report. A new study out of the U.K. shows that 35 percent of children own a mobile phone by the time they are 8 years old. It also shows that children have owned at least one if not more than one mobile phones by the time they are 15. The Personal Finance Education Group did find that children were more aware of the cost of mobile phones though. They offered to do chores for ring tones. So maybe they are not quite as spoiled as the study would have them seen. But still, kids are expensive. It makes me feel A OK with being a spinster. Those are all your headlines for today and that wraps up your week of getting Loaded, but before I go I want to wish a happy birthday to Dough, Dale and Adam [assumed spellings]. I will see you all next week or later today and tomorrow on Buzz Out Loud. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you have just been Loaded.
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