A wireless mouse for your couchGoogle's Eric Schmidt steps down as CEO, Verizon challenges the FCC's Net neutrality rules, and Logitech has a new wireless mouse to keep you on your couch--it is actually optimized to work there!
It's Friday, January 21st. I'm Natali Morris and it's time to get loaded. Big change up at Google. CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down and Google co-founder Larry Page is going to step up into the role of CEO. Schmidt will stay with Google as executive chairman and Google's other co-founder, Sergey Brin, will continue to work at what they're calling Projects. Schmidt indicated that this is an effort to simplify management, as if it were just taking too long to get things done because of too many executive cooks in the kitchen. This change happens April 4th. Couch potatoes, this one's for you. The new Logitech wireless mouse M515 works on your sofa. It's made specifically for this purpose. It has a sealed bottom case so you can plop yourself down on your laptop and have a mouse that can plop right down with you. It launches in April in Europe and we assume shortly thereafter in the US. Verizon has fired the first shot in challenging the new net neutrality rules. The company filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals challenging the SEC's recently adopted net neutrality rules. Specifically, they challenged that the SEC has overstepped its boundaries in making such a move. They want the court to stay implementation of the new rules which go into effect 60 days after the SEC post the rules to the federal register which could be any day now. Google isn't the only company going through a corporate shakeup. HP has replaced four board members and added five brand new ones, including former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. All five new members report for duty in March. Google may be ready to release a competitor to Groupon, the local deal finding site. Remember, Google tried to acquire Groupon last month but to no avail. Google's homemade version is said to be called Google Offers and it sounds just like Groupon, aimed at matching potential customers with businesses through daily e-mail deals. This product hasn't been formally announced but Google has confirmed that they're working on it. Don't you wish old online photos of you would just disappear? A new technology would make it so. German researchers have created a software called X-Pire. It would give your online photos an expiration date. Once that date passes, the images would no longer be viewable or copyable. It's a cool idea but you'd have to set the expiration date when you publish the photo, meaning you have to have the presence of mind to know that this photo has the potential to embarrass you, meaning you probably should know better. And get ready for Angry Birds the Animated Series. Rovio has planned to turn its hit iPhone game into a cartoon. We saw the game in board game form earlier this month at CES. It's not uncommon for a big franchise like this to come to multiple medium, but that usually happens with children's products and I'm not so sure Angry Birds the Animated Series would be for children. Isn't it a little too angry? And if you're interested in knowing who holds the title for most cursing in a video game, you might be interested in the 2011 Guinness World Records Gamers Edition. It was published on Thursday and has all kinds of fun and useless facts like the most people to sing a karaoke game together, or the most perfect Wii bowler who happens to the oldest record holder in the book. It is 85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin. That's your news of the day and that wraps up your week of getting loaded. If you want more about any of our stories today, visit CNET.com/loaded. I'll see you next week. I'm Natali Morris for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.