Loaded: Facebook gets friendly
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FACEBOOK ACQUIRES FRIENDFEED, HP TESTS OUT A NEW WAY TO SELL LAPTOPS IN JAPAN, AND HOW TO GET TEXTBOOKS ON YOUR IPHONE. ITS TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] FACEBOOK HAS ACQUIRED FRIENDFEED. THIS IS THE SOCIAL NETWORK AGGREGATOR THAT GIVES YOU A RUNDOWN OF WHAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING ON PRETTY MUCH ANY SOCIAL NETWORK. FRIENDFEED IS A GREAT WAY TO FOLLOW YOUR FRIENDS AROUND THE INTERNET BUT IT NEVER REALLY BECAME THE NEXT TWITTER LIKE SOME THOUGHT IT WOULD. STILL IT MAKES SENSE FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO SEE THIS INFORMATION WITHIN FACEBOOK GIVEN THAT FACEBOOK IS NOTORIOUS FOR THE NEWS FEED FEATURE. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW THE TWO WORK TOGETHER BUT I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT A MORE CROWDED FEED. I AM GOING TO NEED A WHOLE LOT OF FILTERING TOOLS. [*] YAHOO PURCHASED OMG.COM FOR $80,000. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH THAT. RIGHT NOW OMG.COM DOESN'T DIRECT ANYWHERE BUT I HAVE A HUNCH THIS IS HEADING TOWARDS MY VERY FAVORITE THING: CELEBRITY GOSSIP SITE. JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS. [*] LOGITECH ANNOUNCED A NEW HARMONY UNIVERSAL REMOTE THAT HAS RF, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO USE YOUR REMOTE CONTROL THROUGH WALLS. THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY AND DAVID CARNOY HAS A FIRST LOOK. CHECK IT OUT. THE LOGITECH HARMONY 900 COSTS ABOUT $400. [*] GENERAL MOTORS STARTED SELLING CARS AND TRUCKS ON EBAY TODAY. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER TACTIC BUT IT REALLY ISN'T. IT WILL STILL INVOLVE LOCAL DEALERSHIPS. IF YOU GO TO GM.EBAY.COM, YOU CAN BROWSE DEALERS' INVENTORIES, ASK QUESTIONS, NEGOTIATE PRICES, AND ARRANGE FINANCING. IT IS TOO BAD THAT YOU CAN'T BIG ON CARS DIRECTLY FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND CUT OUT THE MIDDLE MAN ALTOGETHER BUT PERHAPS THE ECONOMY WILL PUSH US IN THAT DIRECTION SOMEDAY SOON ENOUGH. [*] THE ROKU CAN NOW STREAM MLB.TV'S LIVE GAMES OVER YOUR HOME WI-FI NETWORK. THIS IS OF COURSE NOT FREE, YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF MLB.TV'S PREMIUM PACKAGE, WHICH GIVES YOU ACCESS TO ALL OUT OF MARKET GAMES. IF YOU HAVE A ROKU AND THIS SUBSCRIPTION, YOU CAN NOW RECORD GAMES OR WATCH THEM LIVE. YOU CAN ALSO FIND A WEEK'S WORTH OF BACK GAMES TO WATCH ON DEMAND. THIS IS A COOL THING BUT TOO BAD WE ARE ALREADY PASSED THE ALL-STAR BREAK. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL HAVE A SIMILAR DEAL WITH OTHER SPORTS LEAGUES. IF THEY DO, IT IS AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT FOR TO TRY TO TAKE OVER THE HOME SET TOP BOX MARKET. [*] HP IS TRYING OUT A NEW MODEL OF LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION IN JAPAN. THE COMPANY WILL SELL LAPTOPS FOR ANYWHERE BETWEEN $50 AND $100. THEY WILL COME WITH A REMOVABLE SIM CARD THAT LETS YOU BUY MINUTES OVER YOUR CELL PHONE CARRIER'S NETWORK. THE LAPTOPS WILL COME WITH 100 FREE MINUTES BUT YOU CAN TOP THEM UP AS YOU LIKE AFTER THAT. THEY WILL BE NETBOOKS, NOTEBOOKS, AND TOUCHSCREEN TABLETS. THEY GO ON SALE NEXT MONTH. THIS IS A VERY COOL IDEA, ALTHOUGH IT MAKES HP AN MVNO, WHICH IS A HARD BUSINESS MODEL TO MAKE WORK. STILL IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW CONSUMERS ACTUALLY USE THESE MACHINES AND IF THE PARADIGM WILL MAKE ITS WAY OVERSEAS TO THE U.S. [*] A NEW YORK WOMAN HAS BECOME THE FIRST PERSON IN THE U.S. TO USE A WIRELESS PACEMAKER. THIS LETS YOUR DOCTOR MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF HER HEART OVER THE INTERNET. 61-YEAR-OLD CAROL KASYJANSKY GET THE PACEMAKER THREE WEEKS AGO. WHEN SHE GOES INTO THE DOCTOR, HE IS MORE PREPARED FOR HER VISIT BECAUSE HE HAS SEEN THE PROGRESS ALL ALONG FIRST HAND ON HIS PC. THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER. IT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA SINCE JULY. [*] IF YOU'RE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER THE COURSESMART IPHONE APPLICATION. THIS GIVES STUDENTS ACCESS TO OVER 7-THOUSAND E-TEXTBOOKS. COURSE-SMART HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE GIVING STUDENTS ACCESS TO BOOKS ON THEIR MACS OR WINDOWS MACHINES. THE BOOKS ARE FAR CHEAPER THAN THEIR PHYSICAL COPY COUNTERPARTS BUT THEY EXPIRE WITHIN 180 DAYS. THE BOOKS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH KINDLE. [*] HERE IS AN UPDATE TO THE STORY ABOUT THE BOY WHO DIED IN AN INTERNET ADDICTION CAMP IN CHINA. THE CHINA DAILY REPORTS THAT 13 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND THE CAMP CLOSED DOWN. ALL 122 PATIENTS WERE REPORTEDLY SENT HOME. THIS IS NOT A CONFIRMED STORY YET. THE SOUTHERN METROPOLIS DAILY REPORTED THAT THE FACILITY WAS STILL IN OPERATION. XINHUA IS ALSO REPORTING THAT THE CAMP WAS UNLICENSED. WE WILL REPORT MORE ON THIS STORY AS IT UNFOLDS. [*] WE HAD A LOT OF VIEWER RESPONSE TO RADIO SHACK'S NEW BRANDING, THE SHACK. YOU UNANIMOUSLY DO NOT LIKE IT. NOT ONE PERSON WROTE IN FAVOR OF THIS NAME. MY FAVORITE EMAIL WAS FROM CAMERON. HE SAID: If Radio Shack was trying to trick potential customers into visiting their store because they thought they were walking into a brothel, the name change was a good idea. If not, someone's getting fired." THANK YOU FOR THAT CAMERON. [*] THOSE ARE ALL OF YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. I'LL SEE YOU NEXT TOMORROW. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE WITH CNET TV AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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