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Google goes glossyYahoo launches Search Direct to compete with Google Instant, Apple pulls app that offended many by claiming to "cure" homosexuality, and Google launches a quarterly online magazine for high-brows.
-It's Thursday, March 24th. I'm Natali Morris and it's time to get Loaded. Yahoo! launched something called Search Direct. It finds information that users are searching for like movie times or local weather, rather than links you to where you can find that information. This will be used on Yahoo!'s homepage starting in the US only today, and then in other countries eventually. This is very useful and we know because Google has already done it for quite some time with Google Instant. Google has launched an online magazine called "Think Quarterly." It's a very highbrow, intellectual magazine that claims that its goal is to be a "breathing space in a busy world." It covers things like business, data, economics, technology, and it focuses on high quality journalism, not quick draw blogging. You can find this at thinkquarterly.co.uk. Apple has pulled the anti-gay app that we discussed earlier in the week. The app in question sought to help people to cure themselves of homosexuality. It was from a company called Exodus International. The fact that the app was ever allowed was upsetting to a lot of people because Apple rejects apps for much lesser offenses. Apple responded by yaking the app and saying it does, in fact, violate developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people. The new Ford Focus will use AT&T's network to send and receive data about the car using the MyFord Mobile smartphone app. This will let drivers plan trips, monitor the car's charge, find charging stations, remotely lock and unlock the doors, and more. It will do all of this over AT&T. In preparation for the new paid site, the New York Times is asking Twitter to shutdown the account @FreeNYT. The account disseminates free New York Times articles and the New York Times is not a friend to free news any longer, or at least they won't be as of March 28th. If you fail to get invited to the royal wedding of Prince William, you will be able to watch it online within hours of the lovely couple saying "I do." The official recording will be available for download immediately, and then they will have a big official album available on May 5th. It will include a booklet from the service, the music, and the footage available digitally or on CD, vinyl, or casette tape. Research In Motion has agreed to pull all apps from the BlackBerry App World that help you avoid getting a DUI. Four senators have requested that Apple, Google, and RIM not allow these types of apps, and so far, RIM is the only one that has said that they would comply. The apps help you find and avoid DUI checkpoints, which is stupid. And furthermore, if you're really that drunk, would you have the presence of mind to use an app like this? Don't answer that and don't drive drunk. And finally, if you're going to commit a hacker crime, probably best not to admit to it on YouTube. A former security guard at a hospital did just that and was sentenced to 110 months in federal prison. To add insult to injury, he used the Mission Impossible Theme on his YouTube video. Ethan Hunt would never do that. That's your news of the day. I'm Natali Morris for CNET and you've just been Loaded.