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IT'S WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, I'M NATALI DEL CONTE AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] WINDOWS PHONE 7 LAUNCHED THIS WEEK AND NOW WE ARE SEEING ALL THE INTERESTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW PHONE ROLL OUT. MOST NOTABLY ARE THE SLINGBOX APP THAT LETS YOU STREAM CONTENT FROM YOUR HOME CABLE BOX, AND A GOOGLE APP THAT LETS YOU BYPASS THE DEFAULT BING SEARCH. EARLY REVIEWS ARE THAT THE PHONE IS REALLY GREAT SO WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT CONSUMERS THINK. [*] GOOGLE ANNOUNCED INSTANT PREVIEW ON TUESDAY. IT IS A FEATURE THAT LETS YOU SEE PREVIEWS OF WEB SITES WITHOUT FULLY COMMITTING TO A CLICK. SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO VISIT A SITE TO SEE THAT IT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU WANTED. YOU'LL SEE A PREVIEW THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS WITHIN A FRACTION OF A SECOND. YOU GOTTA LOVE GOOGLE. SAVING YOU TIME, SECOND BY SECOND. [*] YOU WON'T BE ASKING ANYTHING FROM ASK-DOT-COM MUCH LONGER. THE COMPANY IS SHUTTING DOWN ITS SEARCH BUSINESS AND LETTING GO OF ENGINEERS. INSTEAD THEY WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING THEIR ONLINE QUESTION AND ANSWER SERVICE. WHICH I SUPPOSE IS STILL SEARCH BUT NOT IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE. KIND OF SAD. I USED TO USE IT WHEN IT WAS ASK-JEEVES-DOT-COM. POOR JEEVES. TIMES ARE TOUGH. WE'VE GOTTA LET YOU GO. [*] APPLE HAS REPORTEDLY BOUGHT WIRELESS HEADPHONE MAKER WI-GEAR. SO FAR THIS IS UNCONFIRMED BUT REPORTS ARE THAT THIS HAPPENED TWO MONTHS AGO. WI-GEAR DESIGNED HEADPHONES THAT CONNECTED TO IPODS AND IPHONES VIA BLUETOOTH. THEY WERE ABLE TO CONTROL THE MUSIC PLAYER AT UP TO 40 FEET AWAY. [*] A VERY COOL YOUTUBE APP IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID. IT LETS YOU CONTROL YOUR GOOGLE TV AND THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS YOU PLAY THERE. YOU SIGN INTO YOUR YOUTUBE APP AND THEN SELECT THE VIDEOS YOU WANT TO WATCH ON THE PHONE AND THEY WILL PLAY ON THE BIG SCREEN. IT IS KIND OF LIKE APPLE AIRPLAY THAT WILL SOON WORK WITH THE APPLE TV AND IPHONE. VERY COOL BUT THEN AGAIN YOU DO NEED A TV THAT HAS GOOGLE TV. [*] AT&T USERS CAN NOW GET MOBILE APPS WITH GETJAR. GETJAR IS LIKE THE ITUNES APPSTORE FOR NON-IPHONES. THERE ARE OVER 75-THOUSAND APPS IN THE GETJAR STORE AND THEY RUN ON ABOUT 50 AT&T PHONES. OBVIOUSLY THE IPHONE IS NOT ONE OF THEM. WHEN RESEARCH IN MOTION THROWS ITS TABLET INTO THE MARKET, THE DEVICE WILL COST LESS THAN $500. RIM CEO SAID THIS IN AN INTERVIEW WITH BLOOMBERG. THE 7-INCH BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK IS DUE OUT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011. [*] AND FINALLY, YOUR JOB MAY BE PROTECTED EVEN IF YOU SAY TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT YOUR BOSS ON FACEBOOK. A WOMAN IN CONNECTICUT IS INVOLVED IN A LEGAL CASE THAT CHALLENGES HER RIGHT TO DO THIS WITHOUT LOSING HER JOB. THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD SAYS THAT THIS IS HER RIGHT AND THAT A FACEBOOK WALL IS JUST LIKE A WATER COOLER. YOU STAND AROUND AND DISCUSS THE JOB. A HEARING ON THE CASE IS SET FOR JANUARY 25. [*] THOSE ARE YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY. I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE FOR CNET.COM, AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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