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Xbox 720Twitter celebrates its fifth birthday with a new site, Firefox 4 is out, and Microsoft begins planning for the next Xbox.
-It's Tuesday, March 22nd. I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get Loaded. If you were hoping that RIM's PlayBook would be priced less than Apple's iPad 2, no such luck. The company announced that their tablet will sell for the same as Apple's iPad starting at $499 for a 16-gigabyte version. It will also have a 32-gig version for $599 and 64 gigs for $699. The company made no mention of 3G or 4G options. Pre-orders begin today from Best Buy and the PlayBook ships on April 19th. Amazon is rumored to be launching its own Android app store today. According to Wired, mobile users can access the store through amazon.com or by a native app on their Android phones. Unlike Google's open door policy towards apps, Amazon will approve what goes into the store similar to Apple. Last week, the App Store was spotted briefly at amazon.com/apps featuring a slew of content along with pricing, but it was quickly taken down. Twitter celebrated its 5th birthday by launching a new website. Discover.twitter.com features a variety of 16 different users from various backgrounds. Some notables include Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Serena Williams, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and astronaut Paolo Nespoli. You can watch the video on the site to hear who they follow and what Twitter means to them. The Firefox 4 browser is set to launch today. Mozilla scheduled to launch the new browser software for both Windows and Mac. Some new features include syncing passwords, bookmarks, and settings across all devices running Firefox, plus the ability to group tabs by category, and of course faster speed and graphics. Apple is under fire from the gay community. The company approved an iPhone app from Exodus International. They're a religious organization whose app encourages people to cure themselves of homosexuality. Apple bans anti-Semitic and racist apps from the store, but they're okaying this, which LGBT groups are unhappy about. Groups like Truth Wins Out say this is hate-based and bigoted, and change.org created a petition to take the app down. Right now, the petition has over 125,000 signatures. And, leaked pictures of a mock-up model for the next Xbox console surfaced. ZDNet found a portfolio image from a designer collaborating with Microsoft. The company also posted job listings weeks ago that pointed toward early work on the next Xbox, although Microsoft says we won't see anything until 2015. The images are simply mock-ups and probably will not resemble the upcoming console. That's your news for the day. I'm Mark Licea for CNET and you've just been Loaded.