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Loaded: Google watches you sleepThe FCC is taking its own sweet time to figure out a solution to the digital divide, Facebook helps you with philanthropy, and Google may be watching when your eyes are closed.
>> Natali: The FCC is taking its sweet time to figure out the digital divide, Facebook helps you with philanthropy and Google may be watching you sleep. It's Thursday, April 9th, I'm Natalie Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:11 [ Music ] ^M00:00:19 >> Natali: The FCC is going to be looking into ways to expand broadband but not anytime soon. As part of the economic stimulus package the FCC has to come up with a plan to encourage the expansion of high-speed Internet. The Commission is calling for comments and suggestions from the public and the industry. That's all well and good but they won't assemble the plan until next February, February it's April, they can't move any faster than that to nothing like a slow plan for high-speed access. It's not dead yet the Conficker worm is back and has quietly been updating itself after an uneventful April Fool's Day. According to security experts the worm appears to have updated itself through peer to peer networking. They're not sure what has been installed because the update is encrypted and works as a root kit but they suspect it's a keystroke logger. Stay tuned to CNET News for more information about the progress of the worm but it appears that this worm is set to self destruct on May 3rd. We may be in for a new Storm there's talk of BlackBerry coming out with a Storm 2; this is their all-touch screen phone. The spokesperson for the company hinted that a new version may be on its way with an improved touch-screen, thank goodness. We don't have anymore information than that but we also hope it will have WiFi since the first one regrettably does not. Google is in a word site with the Associated Press, earlier this week the AP said that it would launch and aggressive campaign to prevent new sites from benefiting from its content on the web. They're singling out Google News but his also applies to sites like Digg and Yahoo Buzz. Well Google is not backing down Eric Schmidt [assumed spelling] Google's CEO said that the newspapers should be online and free and if they try any other business model they're going to annoy and ultimately lose their readers. In my opinion the Associated Press is being rather petulant in this matter. The free news model should not really be a threat to the news business you don't pay for TV news, you don't pay for radio news and even when you do pay for a newspaper you aren't really paying for the news the advertisers cover the cost of the paper so why should Internet news be any different. The Associated Press should be focusing on what they should have been focusing in on all along wide distribution of its stories including over Google News and ad revenue optimization. And that's what I think of that. Be careful what you post on your MySpace profile it is not protected speech. A woman in Coalinga, California found this out the hard way she ranted about how much she hated the city and the local newspaper published it. She sued them and lost the court found that she had no privacy to her Internet speech that she posted publicly. The ruling said, "Here Cynthia publicized her opinions about Coalinga by posting the ode on MySpace.com a hugely popular Internet site. Under these circumstances no reasonable person would have had an expectation of privacy regarding the published material," although I have empathy for the poor girl about Coalinga the entire city smells like cow poop. It's undeniable if you've ever driven through Highway 5 you know what I mean. Am I gonna be liable for that? GMail Labs introduced a new feature called Sender Time Zones which allows you to tell if a contact is asleep. No, Google isn't watching you sleep, I hope, GMail guesses from the sent email which time zone you're contacts are living in if they're away it will display a small moon. Pretty convenient for those more needy friends who expect immediate responses to their emails. If you live in France and get pirating material you could lose your Internet access for up to a year the country has enacted a 3 strikes law that uses a graduated response and could be a model for the love RIAA is pushing for in the U.S. The accused are first emailed if they're flagged as a copyright violator. A second offense will trigger a snail mail warning. On a third offense the person's Internet access can be suspended. Has protecting copyright gone too far, is Internet access a fundamental home living right now like electricity and water. Let me know what you think Loaded@CNET.com. Dictionary.com has released an iPhone app that lets you look at definitions and synonyms from Thesaurus.com the app lets you attempt to guess the spelling of words, has audio pronunciation and a slue of other features you'd expect in the dictionary. It is free as opposed to the venerable Merriam Webster Dictionary which costs $24.99 in the App Store, ouch. Facebook registered its 200 millionth user this week. To celebrate they launched Facebook for Good a page for members to share their stories and experiences about how the social site has helped them give back; this is about altruism not about how generous you are by sharing your drunken photos with the world. The page has partnered with 16 charities and advocacy groups where users can make donations or buy gifts for fellow Facebook friends, these are reputable charities like The American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, Tom's Shoes and Charity Water. See for yourself at Facebook.com slash Facebook for Good. Those are all your headlines for today and that wraps up your week of getting Loaded. Before I go I want to wish a happy birthday to James, Justin, Masataru, Marco and Larry. I'll see you Monday or today and tomorrow on Buzz Outloud, thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:10 [ Music ]