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Loaded: Facebook for spiesCelebrities are getting their DNA sent into space; Wilmington, N.C., is the first market to transition from analog to digital TV; and the CIA, FBI, and NSA have a social-networking site.
[ Background music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Mark Licea: Hey everybody. I'm Mark Licea filling in for Natali Del Conte while she takes care of business over in San Diego covering the DEMO conference. On today's show, celebrity DNA is getting sent into space. Wilmington, North Carolina gets to be the guinea pig and the CIA wants a social networking site too. It's Monday, September 8 and it's time to get Loaded. If you're an AT&T U-verse customer, I've got some good news for you. The company has decided to launch high-definition video-on-demand movies. The service is available to all AT&T U-verse customers. Current titles include "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins." Upcoming titles include "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Incredible Hulk." I'm hoping AT&T starts to offer a couple more quality titles in the near future. I don't know about you, but I don't know anybody clamoring to see Roscoe Jenkins at all, much less in high definition. Google is invading more than just your browser. It's planning to take on the final frontier, sort of. The king of online search has rented a time-share on the space satellite GeoEye-1. The satellite launched yesterday at 11:50 a.m. and will feature the most advanced commercial imaging available. They'll be able to resolve detail down to a single square foot. Images from the satellite will start flowing in 45 to 60 days. You should start to see Google updating aerial views in Google Maps soon after. The CIA, FBI and the National Security Agency are collaborating on their own social networking site for top secret information. It's called A-Space and Michael Wertheimer of the National Intelligence for Analysis says the site is every bit Facebook and YouTube for spies, but it's much, much more. Analysts within the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies will be able to exchange information on covert topics. As you can expect, A-Space is highly classified and will not be available to the public. It launches at the end of this month. The idea of a social networking site in the CIA almost seems counterintuitive to me. They better make sure that security is airtight. They wouldn't want the information being leaked to the wrong places and they're not doing too great a job already, I mean we all know about it. You may be getting more than expected for the event that Apple has planned for tomorrow. Rumors of the new nano announcement can pretty much be considered fact at this point. The company will also be unveiling iTunes 8 that we've been told will have some cool new features, but it also seems as if Steve Jobs will keep his promise of releasing the iPhone 2.1 update as well. Shoddy [assumed spelling] issues with the iPhone's password, security, scrolling and crashing after are a few of the kinks that we're hoping will be smoothed out, so weeks of speculation and pretty much everything Kevin Rose said is true. I guess all we have left is the price cut unless Apple has another one more thing up its sleeve. Speaking of mp3 players, Microsoft Zune made a slightly more humble appearance this weekend and Gadgettes is reporting that the new 120 gigabyte Zune that was mentioned last month has quietly popped up on Amazon site. Aside from the largest storage capacity, the new Zune has pretty much the same specs and runs the same firmware. If you go to Amazon, you'll see that it is on the page, although temporarily out of stock. The price is set at $250. It's not the biggest deal, but it is funny considering all this ruckus over the new nanos and then there's the Zune of which there is none. The creator of the popular MMORPG Tabula Rasa has been running a promotion based off the game that is out of this world. Richard Garriott, who just so happens to be the son of a former NASA astronaut is planning a trip to the International Space Station next month. Garriott is bringing with him an archive of what he believes are humanity's greatest accomplishments to be left in orbit. The archive will contain DNA samples of Olympic gold medalists, authors and musicians and Kevin Rose. The project is titled Operation Immortality and it's based off of the game's plot where Earth is attacked and mankind is wiped out. The deadline to submit your own messages and suggestions to the project has been extended until the end of this month. So if you head on over to operationimmortality.com you can take part in this. It's a unique idea and kinda silly, but he's rumored to be blowing about $30 million on the trip, so why not go all out. I was actually impressed with the contributions that people left on the site though. It's worth a peek. Today the first TV market in the country is making its transition from analogue to digital. Wilmington, North Carolina will play the role of the guinea pig in preparation for the national conversion of digital broadcasting next year. The city's four commercial networks will discontinue broadcasting in analogue signal at noon today. So if you're in the area and you haven't prepared for the change, those channels won't work. The FCC is testing the transition now so that it'll hopefully have most of the kinks worked out by February 17th next year. Snag Films is streaming five documentary films this week in memoriam of September 11. The films are available without commercials at both snagfilms.com and indiewire.com. Viewers are encouraged to embed the videos on other websites or their own social networking site using the movie theater widget. You can contribute to the national September 11 Memorial and Museum by clicking on the support button on each film's page. Snag films say it will match contributions from viewers that are donated this week. Before we finish things up, one of our viewers Catherine told us that she watches Loaded everyday with her boyfriend, Brian. His birthday was over the weekend and we wanted to wish him a happy birthday. Those are your headlines and that does it for today's show. Thank you for watching. I'm Mark Licea with CNETTV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:00 [ Music ]