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>> Natali Del Conte: Facebook gets a face lift, your iPhone can control your entire car, and how to avoid getting scammed by the stimulus package. It's Thursday, March 5th. I'm Natali Del Conte, and it's time to get loaded.
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>> Natali Del Conte: Facebook will be rolling out changes to its home page and profile pages next week. Here's what to expect. First off, the home page will be presented as three columns. On the left, you'll be able to filter content by groups or friend list. In the middle, Facebook added a dedicated publisher so you'll be able to share an article or photo quickly. Underneath is the so-called stream, which is a real-time update of what's going on with your friends which won't have to be refreshed like Twitter, and on the right are highlights which will include events. In addition, Facebook pages for public figures will act just like user profiles and updates from people like Oprah and President Obama will be directly feed into your stream if you so choose. Google is making Calendar available offline. That means if your Internet connection is off, you can view your scheduled events in Google Calendar, but you won't be able to edit them. If you do, the changes won't be saved. This feature was previously available to users of Google Apps, but the company is turning it on for everyone using Google Gears. You can now stream audio podcasts without actually downloading them from the Zune Marketplace.
>> Congress voted today to establish a new government agency specifically charged with finding loose coins on the ground, in couches, or wherever they may be located.
>> Natali Del Conte: If you visit social.zune.net/podcasts, you'll be able to find the entire library of Zune podcasts from which to stream episodes without actually downloading them. Very cool, and great for Buzz Out Loud except I couldn't find it in the online directory, which, of course, doesn't make me happy, and I've sent someone to work on it. Imagine using your iPhone as your car key and in-dash controller. You don't have to image too hard. Brian Cooley has a look at the iChange, which is a concept out of the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, and it can do just that. Take a look.
>> Brian Cooley: Win [phonetic] speed is one of the best reasons to go Geneva every year. They do some wild concept cars. Do you recall their scuba underwater ride? Well, this year, they might even top that with the iChange, which has a body that, well, can change. It'll morph from a one-seat speedster to a three-passenger car at the push of a button. It's all very aerodynamic having no doors to speak of. You get in through the pop up, tear-drop roof capsule. Even cooler is the use of an iPhone to control most of the car's functions you'd normally put into dashboard controls. Just don't lose your phone.
>> Natali Del Conte: AOL is said to be relauncing Win Amp, the old media player from way back when. It's suppose to have a few new features like a commerce platform, artists discovery tools, and iTune synching, which is a surprise. The last update to good old Win Amp was in late 2007, so it's about time. The Federal Trade Commission is worried that you'll fall victim to phishing or spamming scams due to the stimulus package. They're doing their part to warn against this. So if you see an e-mail that promises a chunk off the 800 million dollar stimulus package, please don't click on it. Not even if it has a picture of President Obama. One example is Jessica has a moneyblog.com. It asks you to pay $1.99 in order to get your piece of the pie. This should go without saying, but unfortunately, it doesn't. So be careful, and keep in mind that the only official information about grants that is legit will be found at grants.gov. You should know this, and tell your less web-savvy friends to do the same. On Monday, I posed this very serious question to you. Would James Bond use an eReader? After all, it does seem kind of like a sleepy gadget for a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Here's what you think. Kadem [assumed spelling] says, "I don't think James Bond would actually use an eReader. I never even seen him read a book." Marco says, "I think Bond can use his eReader for the mission briefings M hands out." Roberto says, "Hmm, don't think Bond would use something so hard to conceal." And Keith makes this good point. "Seems like any spy movie/show you'll see the spy using a newspaper while doing surveillance. You can't hide behind an eBook so well." That's a good point. In fact, we tested out this theory just to be sure.
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>> Natali Del Conte: Those are all your headlines for today, and that wraps up your week of getting loaded. Before I go, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to Ben, Christy, Siobhan, and a Happy 21st Birthday to John. I will see the rest of you on Monday. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV, and you've just been loaded.
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