End of an era for Encyclopedia Britannica
2:53

End of an era for Encyclopedia Britannica

Culture
It's Wednesday, March 14th 2012. I'm Bridget Carrie in cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. After 244 years of printing volumes of books, Encylopaedia Brittanica will now only be accessed by computer. The publisher announced they will focus on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The 2010 edition is the last print edition of the encyclopedia and has more than 4,000 contributors. The set costs about $1400 and sold about 8 thousand copies. The encyclopedia saw its best sales just before the internet boom back in 1990 but now the online database is much larger than what can be fitted into print. It's also available through an Apple on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and if you like to check it out, Britannica Online will be entirely free for the next several days. Another information database is getting a digital twist. Known by the industry as the music bible, the Billboard Hot 100 songs now calculates the popularity of a song based on data from streaming and subscription music services like Spotify, Rap City and RDO. The streaming data supplements the ratings already being collected for radio airplay and digital downloads. Pinterest is getting a few updates. The site which is a virtual pin board of interesting finds and ideas from around the web will redesign user profiles and users will be able to pin videos from sites like Vimeo, Hulu and Netflix. The Pinterest CEO also announced the company is working on creating an iPad app. Walmart introduced a new service that let's customers purchase a digital copy of their DVD movie and then view it on any internet connected device. A customer brings in the DVD they already own to a local Walmart and then they can get streaming access to that movie on Walmart's cloud service for $2. To get that movie in high definition though, it'll cost $5. Walmart is the first big box retailer to use this platform called Ultraviolet. It's aiming to solve the problem of wanting a digital copy of a movie even though you already own the physical disc. And don't expect any software updates to AOL Instant Messenger anytime soon. The New York Times reports that AOL has laid off 40 employees and it only left some support staff left to look over the instant message service. Next on the chopping block is the company's patch.com news unit which might lose 100 employees. And if you're planning on standing in line for the new iPad this Friday, Apple announced that its retail store doors will open at 8:00 AM to sell the tablet. In the US, the new iPad will also be in sale at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carrie for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.

Up Next

Wikipedia to join Web blackout to protest SOPA
Wikipedia to join Web blackout to protest SOPA

Up Next

Wikipedia to join Web blackout to protest SOPA

Watch CNET Update!
Watch CNET Update!

Watch CNET Update!

Get touchy with BlackBerry 10
Get touchy with BlackBerry 10

Get touchy with BlackBerry 10

Microsoft's got the hots for Nook
Microsoft's got the hots for Nook

Microsoft's got the hots for Nook

CNET Update has launched!
CNET Update has launched!

CNET Update has launched!

One last time to get Loaded
One last time to get Loaded

One last time to get Loaded

The battle over e-book prices
The battle over e-book prices

The battle over e-book prices

Why Facebook snatched Instagram
Why Facebook snatched Instagram

Why Facebook snatched Instagram

The Flashback phenomenon
The Flashback phenomenon

The Flashback phenomenon

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

7 Tips to Get More Out of Your Roku TV
screenshot-2022-08-16-at-12-52-46.png

7 Tips to Get More Out of Your Roku TV

Porsche Pushes the 911 to New Extremes With the New GT3 RS
Porsche 911 GT3 RS OGI

Porsche Pushes the 911 to New Extremes With the New GT3 RS

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth
mars-samples-back-to-earth-v2-1

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Most Popular All most popular

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors
iphone14-rumors2021-200000

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth
mars-samples-back-to-earth-v2-1

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

Latest Products All latest products

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared
220809-yt-galaxy-z-flip-4-vs-z-flip-3-v2

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras
jje-9771

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features
thumb1

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1
nothingphone1-cms

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch
p1050672

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use