"Loaded: Heart attacks and earbuds"
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Loaded: Heart attacks and earbuds
>> AT&T buys Centennial Wireless. Craigslist cracks down on prostitution and your earbuds may give you a heart attack. It's Monday, November 10, I'm Natali Del Conte coming to you from San Francisco this week and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Your earbuds could give you a heart attack. A new study finds that certain headphones can interfere with pacemakers or heart defibrillators if they're kept too close. Headphones contain magnets that could change the function of these devices perhaps even preventing the defibrillator from delivering a life saving shock. In tests, this happen nearly 25% of the time when ear phones were within an inch of a heart device and the same is true whether or not the headphones are plugged in. This information was presented over the weekend at an American Heart Association conference. Doctors are not suggesting that we all panic just that we keep earbuds more than an inch away from pacemakers. AT&T is expanding its reach into the Midwest, Southeast and Puerto Rico. The company purchased Centennial Communications for $944million over the weekend. This gives AT&T 1.1 million new customers. With Verizon scooping up Altel last week it seems the days of the little guy are coming to an end. They're having a hard way to go anyway. Plus AT&T can much easier buy an existing company than it could build out new towers and infrastructure in any given area. So you know what that means for Centennial customers, iPhone for everyone. YouTube may stream full-length feature films from at least one major Hollywood movie studio. Google has been trying to make this happen for awhile now. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the studio in question is MGM. They'll kick off their YouTube partnership with full length films like Bullet Proof Monk, the Magnificent Seven and Legally Blond. The movies will have intermittent ads placed in them -- a lot like Hulu shows. And speaking of Hulu, YouTube had better hurry this up. Hulu gets new movies and news content everyday. Just as twitter ditches instant message support, FriendFeed picks it up. The company has announced that it will let you monitor all activity to your FriendFeed account over instant message. This means you'll get a notice every time someone comments on your FriendFeed items. You can reply within the IM window and the comment will be posted back on your page. FriendFeed is an aggregation of pretty much all things social on the internet. It's a lot of information and a pretty nifty way of keeping track of it all. Although, I have an RSS feed to my FriendFeed activity setup and that's more than sufficient. If you're impatient though, IM is good too. I'm gonna call this one a touch down for the NFL. For the first time the National Football League has started to broadcast games on Sprint mobile phones. This started last Thursday with the Browns and Broncos game. It isn't free. Sprint customers have to have the NFL mobile live package, which costs about $15 per month. The NFL is hoping to gain more viewers since only 40% of American households can access the NFL network. Seems like a good idea since mobile users do want more stream content these days, right. I mean I know I do. But I'm curious about how's spotty it can be to watch a football game on your mobile device and does it come in poor crimes. I don't like to report on too many rumors, but here's one that could potentially be good for me and for Loaded. MacRumors is reporting that an impending firmware update for the iPhone will let users wirelessly download podcast. The podcast would have to be 10-megs or less, which is actually not great for Loaded since our average episode is between 20 and 30-megs. But I don't know that the size limitation is true, so hopefully it isn't, so you could get Loaded-on-the-go. We'll see. In other iPhone maybes AT&T wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega said that the iPhone could soon function as a wireless modem to get your laptop online -- that would be awesome. De la Vega said this at a conference here on San Francisco last week, but no further details were released. Yahoo! Buzz got a new social functionality to let you see what your friends and family have buzzed. Buzz is Yahoo's version of Digg where your spotlight stories or websites that you find interesting. Now, you can share personalized buzz page that shows your people what you've been buzzing, voting on or commenting on. Most experts agree that Yahoo! Buzz is a successful endeavor from Yahoo. Probably one of the most successful things they've done all year. The social lair is a good idea and indicative of the way that Yahoo! is headed with their open strategy initiative. Expect to see a lot more of this from them. Craigslist is cracking down on erotic ads. In order to prevent prostitution on the site, Craigslist now requires anyone posting an erotic service to have a working phone number and credit card. Craigslist is based here in San Francisco and the company has been going rounds with the California State Attorney General over this kind of thing for months. They try to filter out prostitution and other illegal activities, but malware can get around that. The credit card implementation is the company's attempt to get around the get arounds. However that works. Those are all your headlines for today, but I will see you tomorrow right back here on San Francisco I'm Natali Del Conti with CNET TV and you've just been get Loaded.
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