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Get ready to jet-pack to work!Facebook launches the Open Compute Project, the FCC adopts rules on roaming rates and cell signal boosters, and a personal jet pack makes a 7-minute flight--a new record.
It's Friday, April 8th. I'm Natali Morris and it's time to Get Loaded. Facebook is getting into the hardware business with something called the Open Compute Project. The company is working with HP, Dell, AMD, Intel, and more to design computers that are more power efficient and better geared towards internet services. This is an open source project, kinda interesting that Facebook would be in the driver seat. Also interesting that Google was not mentioned in this project given they're trying to do the same thing with the Google Chrome Notebook. The FCC made some controversial decisions on Thursday. First up, the commission adopted new rules that requires wireless carriers to negotiate wireless data roaming deals with competitors. This means that the carriers have to negotiate roaming rates with whoever actually owns the cell towers in those areas. The FCC also adopted new rules about wireless signal boosters. They did not ban them outright as several mobile industry organizations have requested. Instead, they issued strict guidelines for using them safely and effectively so they don't interfere with the networks. T-Mobile confirmed that the Sidekick 4G will cost $99 when it launches April 20th. That is cheap but, of course, there's a $50 mail-in rebate associated with the price. The phone has a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, a 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera, and can download at up to 21 megabits per second on T-Mobile's 4G network. Vintage Atari games have hit the iPad and iPhone. Atari's Greatest Hits is an app that has Pong, Asteroids, Missile Command, and Battle Zone. The app is free but it only includes Pong from the get-go. If you want the other games, that costs 99. There's also a more expensive package that has over 100 classic arcade games and Atari 2600 titles for $14.99. And, finally, we are one step closer to personal jetpacks. New Zealand's Martin Aircraft said that the Martin Jetpack was able to remain in flight for more than 7 minutes on its latest test. Unfortunately, there was no man or woman wearing the jetpack when it flew, it was just a weighted dummy. The 200-horsepower piston gasoline engine can travel a maximum speed of 63 miles per hour, in theory, and, of course, we will need it to fly more than 7 minutes eventually if we're going to start commuting with these things, but, it's a good start. That's your news of the day and for the week. I will see you on Monday. I'm Natali Morris with CNET and you've just been loaded.