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Facebook's Buffy: The Smartphone SlayerAmazon is selling many smartphones for just a penny through Cyber Monday, Microsoft uses bacon to entice potential employees to its Kinect for Windows group, and Facebook may be working on a smartphone with HTC codenamed Buffy after the TV show.
-It's Tuesday, November 22, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com, an it's time to get loaded. Rumors of a Facebook phone have persisted for quite some time, but according to report from All Things D, Facebook has tapped smartphone maker HTC to build an actual phone that has the social network integrated into its core experience. It's code named Buffy after the television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Supposedly the phone will run a version of the android a version of the android operating system, but with heavy tweaks that integrate Facebook services and will support HTML 5 as a platform for applications. Speaking of mobile apps, CTIA, the trade organization for the wireless industry has said it will be taking the raps of this new mobile app rating system. By ratings mean content, not quality. The system was designed with the help of the video game organizations, ESRB. They review and then assign age appropriate ratings to games. The system is said to be unveiled on November 29th, and the hope is that it will consolidate the multiple rating systems for Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft app stores. Companies are trying hard to find ways to keep and recruit talented employees and Microsoft may extract gold. The company has decided the best way to hire engineers for it connect for windows team is not stock options or big bonuses, but free bacon. The company is trying to double the size of its engineering team and has setup a bacon wagon to serve free slices of that delicious meat. Adobe wanted its customers to subscribe rather than buy their software. It helps the company maintain consistent revenues with many [unk] think that the features of CS3 are still good enough. So, the company has decided that it will make operating to new software more unpalatable. When the company unveiled its creative cloud next year, it will cost 49.99 a month and include access to apps like Illustrator and Design Premier Pro, Flash Pro, After Effects, Dream Weaver, and new Adobe apps edge and use. Meanwhile, only uses with CS5 or CS5.5 can have upgrade pricing. If you're still on older versions, you will only get 20% of the regular price until the end of the year. Now, here's a company that knows the value of a good deal, Amazon. The online store has announced that through cyber Monday, customers can buy any non-iPhone smartphone for just 1 penny. Phones include the Motorola Droid Razr, which Verizon sells for $300, but also includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, The Epic 4G Touch, Blackberry torch 4G and more, which all go for significantly more than 1 cent. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded..