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APPLE IS FACING SOME HEAT FROM THE FCC, EBAY PLANS TO STAY THE COURSE WITH SKYPE, AND A NEW PAIR OF GLASSES COULD HELP YOU STAY AWAKE AT YOUR COMPUTER. AND NO, NOT BY ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY. ITS MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] APPLE RELEASED AN IPHONE FIRMWARE UPDATE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THIS WAS IN RESPONSE TO THE SMS VULNERABILITY THAT WE REPORTED ON LAST WEEK. A SECURITY EXPERT HAD REPORTED THAT THE IPHONE COULD BE HACKED AND TAKEN OVER BY A SERIES OF INVISIBLE TEXT MESSAGES. APPLE HAD BEEN AWARE OF THIS VULNERABILITY BUT DID NOT RELEASE FIX 3.0.1 UNTIL AFTER THE DEMO WAS DONE LAST WEEK. THE UPDATE IS ALSO SAID TO IMPROVE THE DEVICE'S MEMORY HANDLING. [*] APPLE IS ALSO GETTING MORE HEAT OVER THE BLOCKED GOOGLE VOICE APPLICATION. THE FCC LAUNCHED AN INQUIRY INTO THE COMPANY'S REJECTION OF THE IPHONE APPLICATION. THE FCC ASKED APPLE AND AT&T TO EXPLAIN WHY GOOGLE'S VOICE APPLICATION WAS REJECTED FROM THE ITUNES STORE. THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT ROLE AT&T HAD IN THIS, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT AT&T HAS OTHER PHONES ON THE NETWORK THAT DO USE GOOGLE VOICE. AT&T SAID THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE APP STORE SELECTION AND REJECTION PROCESS SO NOW ALL EYES ARE TURNED BACK TO APPLE. SO MAYBE WE'LL FIND OUT JUST WHAT GIVES. MEANWHILE, THE PALM PRE HAS A GOOGLE VOICE APPLICATION CALLED DK-GOOGLE-VOICE AND NEITHER SPRINT NOR PALM SEEM TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. AND IF THEY DO, THEY ARE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO SPEAK UP NOW. [*] HERE IS SOME NICER APPLE NEWS: SNOW LEOPARD IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON. THIS IS THE SERVICE PACK TO LEOPARD THAT WE ARE EXPECTING IN SEPTEMBER. YOU CAN ORDER AN UPGRADE FOR $30 OR A FAMILY PACK THAT INCLUDES 5 ACTIVATIONS FOR $50. SERVER AND BOX SETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. NO FIRM RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED YET. [*] EBAY IS HAVING SOME TROUBLE WITH SKYPE LATELY. EBAY IS IN A LEGAL DISPUTE JOLT-ID, WHICH IS SOFTWARE THAT EBAY USES TO RUN SKYPE. IF THE LEGAL DISPUTE CAN NOT BE RECTIFIED, EBAY HAS CONFIRMED THAT IT IS WORKING ON AN ALTERNATIVE SOFTWARE TO MAKE THE VOICE OVER IP PROGRAM WORK. MEANWHILE, EBAY SHRUGGED OFF ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SPINNING SKYPE OFF INTO ITS OWN COMPANY. [*] SAMSUNG IS PUSHING HARD INTO THE TOUCHSCREEN MARKET. LAST WEEK THE COMPANY LAUNCHED THE JET, WHICH WAS WELL REVIEWED HERE ON CNET BY KENT GERMAN. NO US CARRIERS ARE SUBSIDIZING IT BUT AT&T IS GOING TO CARRY THE SAMSUNG SOLSTICE, WHICH IS A NAME I KIND OF LIKE FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON. IT HAS A FULL QWERTY KEYBOARD, 3.0-INCH TOUCHSCREEN, AND IS HEAVY ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKING. IT LOOKS LOVELY AND HOPEFULLY WORKS AS WELL AS IT LOOKS. IT COSTS $99. [*] WE HAVE SOME REAL INFO ABOUT THE NEW LG CHOCOLATE. WE KNEW IT WAS COMING BUT ALL WE HAD BEFORE WAS SOME VERY ODD PHOTOS OF THE SILOUETTE. IT IS A HEAD-TURNER. IT HAS AN UNUSUALLY WIDE 4- INCH MULTI-TOUCH SCREEN, ADOBE FLASH, A 5 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA WITH FLASH, AND BUILT IN WI-FI AND HSDPA. WE DON'T HAVE A PRICE OR LAUNCH DATE JUST YET. [*] IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE STAYING ALERT WHILE YOU'RE WORKING, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER THE WINK GLASSES. THEY ARE USB-POWERED SPECS THAT FOG ONE LENS IF THE WEARER HAS NOT BLINKED IN FIVE SECONDS. THIS FORCES THE OPPOSITE EYE TO FOCUS INSTANTLY, WHICH THEN WAKES YOU UP A BIT. THE WINK GLASSES WILL BE SOLD IN JAPAN STARTING AUGUST 10 FOR 40,950 YEN, OR $430. THEY HAVE AN 8-HOUR CHARGE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE TETHERED TO YOUR USB CORD AND THEY SURPRISINGLY DON'T LOOK TOO GOOFY. AT LEAST NOT ON THIS JAPANESE MODEL. THEY MAY STILL LOOK GOOFY ON YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN EACH ALTERNATE LENS KEEPS FOGGING UP. [*] THE ORDEAL WITH AMAZON DELETING BOOKS FROM THE KINDLE IS STILL NOT OVER. A 17 YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IS SUING AMAZON BECAUSE HE LOST HIS COPY OF 1984 ALONG WITH THE NOTES THAT HE HAD MADE FOR HIS ADVANCED PLACEMENT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. SO I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT THE KINDLE ATE HIS HOMEWORK...? THAT'S A NEW ONE. [*] THOSE ARE ALL OF YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE WITH CNET TV AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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