"Loaded: White lies"
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Loaded: White lies
>> Nintendo launches the new DS. Apple is threatening to shut down iTunes. And Google is determined to save the world from its own energy crisis. It's Thursday, October 2, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Nintendo unveiled the new DS in Japan today. As expected the new model does have a 3-megapixel camera, a bigger display and enhanced audio functions. It also has an SD card slot, a full browser and it's slimmer than previous generations. It will go on sale in Japan on November 1 and then in other markets around the world sometime next year. Apple is threatening to shut down iTunes if a royalty fees increased here in the US. The Copyright Royalty Board is going to vote on a proposal from the National Music Publishers Association today. The proposal is to raise royalty from 9 cents per song to 15 cents per song. Apple says that this will significantly impact their already small profit margin on music sold through the online store. The Recording Industry Association of America is also against this move. I can't tell if this is an empty threat or if Apple really would shut down the iTunes music store, but if they do, there's always Amazon. Google has laid out some ambitious goals to save the environment. The plan is called Clean Energy 2030 and it aims to significantly reduce the United States' dependency on fossil fuels within the next 22 years. Speaking in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the plan requires an initial spending of $4.5 trillion, but it will pay for itself in the long run by saving $5.5 trillion. Some components of the plan include a shift to renewable wind, geothermal and solar energy and weaning off of coal, oil and natural gas. This would cut carbon emissions from 6 billion metric tons per year to 4 billion in 2030. Be careful what you say over Skype. A new report out of Canada shows that the Chinese government has been monitoring and filtering messages over Skype -- creepy. According to the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, if you've been Skyping about Taiwanese independence, Falun [inaudible] or anything that's oppositional to the Chinese government, you may have had your messages monitored or filtered and a log would have been made with your personal user data. So if you were into conspiracy theories before, you may be now. The next city to get WiMAX will apparently be Chicago. Motorola announced that it would be working with sprint to roll out the new network within the next year. Motorola demoed this network in Chicago this week and it seems pretty confident about it. Incidentally, the Loaded crew will be testing out the WiMAX network in Baltimore next week. Unfortunately, I don't get to go. My producer Wilson will be hitting the road with News.com's Maggie Reardon, so stay tuned for their initial thoughts and reactions. Netflix users can now access movies from Starz from their Watch Instantly service. This means you can watch Starz movies from your Netflix account online. This gives Netflix users an extra 2,500 movies to watch from their computers. Also, Netflix's Watch Instantly service networks with Mac previously with the PC only service. So now both groups of users can get caught watching questionable movies at work. NPR is taking the page out of the New York Times Playbook by launching a social network around their news. NPR community is meant to aggregate stories out of NPR. It also lets users find and share stories easier and has all the social networking staples, profiles, comments, sharing features, etcetera. I admit it may seem a little late in the game for something like this, but NPR's audience isn't trendy like the Facebook crowd. They may not find the social network quite so trite, so better late than never. If you have a lie to tell, send it in an e-mail. That's what most people do. Two new studies have shown that people are more likely to lie in an e-mail than they are in other forms of communication including pen and paper notes. Furthermore, people feel like lying in an e-mail is more justifiable than lying in other mediums. The study is called "Being Honest Online: The Finer Points of Lying in Online Ultimatum Bargaining." Researchers gave students $89 to divide between themselves and someone else. The other person didn't know how much money there was and they couldn't negotiate. It turns out that 92% of the subjects lied about the amount they had to share when they communicated over e-mail, while only 64% lied when they had to communicate by passing hand written notes. It must be that people are more prone to lie over e-mail because you can do it in the privacy of your own workspace without making eye contact. So if you want the truth out of someone, you gotta stare them down. Before we wrap up today, I wanna mention some viewer e-mails. I've got several responses to my question about why anyone would still have a landline or switch back to a landline after going without. Jeremy [presumed spelling] points out that you need a landline for DSL service. Kevin [presumed spelling] uses his Vonage landline to make international calls and Stanley [presumed spelling] from San Jose says that no one in his family can get reception on their cell phones when they are inside his house. Richard [presumed spelling] says he keeps a landline handy in case he needs to fax a document. But Richard, how much are you really faxing these days. Those are all your headlines for today and that wraps up your week of getting loaded, but before I say goodbye, I wanna send out my birthday wishes for the week. Happy belated birthday to Cendric [presumed spelling] and Leo Mike [presumed spelling] and happy early birthday to Luke [presumed spelling] who turns 19 on Friday. Thank you for watching. Remember, if you've missed any episodes this week, be sure to catch up by going to loaded.cnettv.com. I'm Natali Del Conte and you've just been Loaded.
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