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Loaded: Holy grail of social networkingMonty Python inspires a social network, CNET checks out the Nokia N97, and broadband providers look to the stars.
>> Natali: There's a new social network based on Monty Python, we have a first look at the Nokia N97 and our broadband may eventually come from outerspace. It's Monday, December 8th, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 >> Natali: Seems like everyone upgraded their video players over the weekend, Facebook started to support higher resolution video on the site and it's also now allowing users to embed their Facebook videos on other websites. [sound effect] Facebook now supports up to 720p videos and also upgraded the audio playback. YouTube also allows users to watch 720p higher definition videos officially now you can also embed YouTube videos in one of four sizes all the way up to 640 by 505 pixels. You can't embed them in high definition yet, at least not officially, but if you really want to do that News.com has a hack that you can use. And finally Flicker did not upgrade their video player, you can still only upload 90 second videos but they now allow video playback in their mobile site. If you go to M.Flicker.com you'll find Flicker's mobile site much improved and it now supports video play. Nokia announced the new N97 touch-screen phone last week the phone isn't supposed to launch until next year but News.com's Maggie Ruden [assumed spelling] got to see it up-close and personal last week, take a look. >> Maggie: I'm Maggie Ruden with CNET News and I'm here today at Nokia Capital Market in New York City and I've got the N97 right here in my hand; this is the first time we're getting a look at it and this is a really cool new Smartphone from Nokia it's got a touch-screen as you can see and a QWERTY keypad that sort of slides out. And one of the really cool things about this phone is it's got 32GB of storage you can add another 16GB of storage on top of that, so that's surpassing the iPhone by leaps and bounds. It's got a 5 Megapixel camera with DVD quality video that it can take. One of the other really cool features of this phone is that it has assisted GPS that also has a compass in it and sort of aligns the phone with the map that you're looking at, so that's another really cool feature. The phone is gonna be available globally in the first half of '09 and it's gonna sell for 550 euros unsubsidized; this is Maggie Ruden with CNET News. >> Natali: For Maggie's full report head on over to News.com. BlackBerry Storm users got their first firmware update less than a month after the phone launched it was released on Friday via the Desktop Software Manager, the Web-based software and over the air. We don't have specifics to what it updated exactly but I'm guessing it has to do with the general bugginess and sluggishness of the phone, not to get all technical on you or anything. We may have another Cyber Monday today and if you are still looking for a Wii apparently Wal-Mart has them, the retailer's expected to have 10's of thousands of Wii's available across the country today and they'll be selling them for $249.00 alone or in a bundle with games and controllers for $329.00. There are also rumors afloat that Wal-Mart could start selling a $99.00 iPhone; this would be the 4G version that Apple discontinued in 2007. Now, TV clear this is just a rumor but I would be surprised if they went back to making a 4G product a year and a half after they pulled it even for $99.00, then again, I've been surprised before. The next big thing in broadband could come from a satellite; a California company called ViaSat will launch the ViaSat-1 satellite into orbit in the first half of 2011. Once it's there it's expected to bring 100GB per second broadband to 2,000,000 U.S. subscribers making it the highest capacity satellite in the world. ViaSat will own the satellite but not provide the service, if it works I'm sure they will be able to find someone to help with that, AT&T, Verizon, Google, I'm sure they'll be lining up if we aren't already surfing on LimeAx [phonetic] that is. Speaking of outerspace the Next Generation Mars Lander launch has been delayed another 2 years due to technical difficulties and budget snafu's. The rover was supposed to take off in 2009 but now it looks like it won't see the great beyond until 2011 at the soonest; this is because missions to Mars can only be launched every 26 months when the Earth and Mars are properly aligned. The purpose of the Lander is to explore the planet Mars for the possibility of life, the problems have to do with the 31 actuators that control the craft. EA's iron-clad DRM Spore was apparently not quite so iron-clad according to GamePolitics.com Spore was still the most pirated game of 2008 with 1.7 million people stealing themselves a copy. Also topping that list, The Sims, Assassins Creed, Crisis and Commanding Conquer III. Hot on the heels of Facebook Connect Google announced Google Friend Connect; this is a service that lets Web Masters ad social functions to their site through simple Google Tools. For instance, if you really like chili you could go to a site about making chili and there would be widgets on the page allowing you to connect, friend chat, or basically do anything social with other chili lovers; this was announced back in May but is finally live now. What's more, Google doesn't want to hoard the log-ins to these features you can sign in with accounts through AOL, Yahoo, Open ID and, of course, Google; this goes along with my theory that there will not be a next big thing in social networking it will just be an underpinning capability of the entire Web soon enough. For more information go to Google.com slash FriendConnect. Okay, maybe there will be just one more big thing in social networking, how about a social network about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Eric Idol [assumed spelling], one of the founding members of the troop, is trying to keep the comedic genius alive with the launch of PythonLine.com, it's a social network where fans can find clips of old material to use for mashups, sharing and basic fun-loving entertainment. This is complimentary to the group's YouTube page, which launched just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, Idol is doing this alone the other founding Pythons are not in on the gig yet. I usually don't like themed social networks but I do like this one for obvious reasons. I am also going to go out on a limb here and say this is a much better idea in content and form than David Hasselhoff's social network Hoffspace. Those are all your headlines for today, I usually don't do birthday wishes on Mondays but I have an exception today for the main man in my life. I want to wish a happy birthday to my father whose birthday was yesterday, happy birthday daddy. I'll see the rest of you tomorrow, thank you for watching, I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:06:28