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Saved by TwitterGoogle is launching its Web TV service in the fall, Verizon says you can buy one Samsung Fascinate on its Web site and get a second for free, and a Japanese journalist uses Twitter to escape captivity.
-It's Wednesday, September 8th. I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get loaded. Goggle is launching its own web TV service this fall. The CEO, Eric Schmidt, said the service will allow you to browse the internet on your TV for free and Sony has agreed to support the service on its sets. Google says it plans to work with a variety of program makers and electronics manufacturers. Google TV is slated to hit before the end of the year in the U.S. and worldwide next year. The Samsung Fascinate is on Verizon's online store today, and they're offering a special buy 1 get 1 free promotion. If you buy the phone with a 2-year contract for $199, you get a second Fascinate for free. You'll still need to sign up for 2-year agreements on both phones plus the minimum monthly data plan and the $100 rebate for the free phone. And the Wii 2 probably won't be out for years. We don't even know if it will be called the Wii 2 and we don't have any real details about it. We do know that Nintendo is working on something big in the console space and Metroid, it's co-creator, says it will surprise us. And Microsoft plans to unveil Internet Explorer 9 next week, but there's a video of the new user interphase floating around on the web. Pictures of the browser leak last month and now we can see it in action. It's using a minimalist design and it scored 95 out of 100 on the Acid3 test, which measures how well the browser conforms to specific web standards. The Beta version of IE9 is due out on September 15th. And a Japanese journalist used Twitter to escape from captivity in Afghanistan. Kosuke Tsuneoka had been MIA since April 1st. He managed to send out a tweet with his location while teaching a soldier how to access the internet on a cellphone. He is now back home safe in Tokyo. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Mark Licea with cnet.com and you've just been loaded.