>> Facebook launches a Mini Feed, Motley Crue rocks out on Rock Band, and a social network for Segway owners. All 20 of you. It's Wednesday, April 16 and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Facebook launched the pretty obvious response to FriendFeed on Tuesday and they're calling it a Mini Feed. This is a place where you can get activity reports on your friends on places other than Facebook. For now, you can only get feeds from Flickr, Yelp, Picasa and Delicious which isn't a huge deal because most of those sites already have third party applications in Facebook. I'd like to see it open up to other competitors like MySpace or Linkin, but for now, I'm perfectly contented with FriendFeed, so I don't really need this half-baked solution. If you own a Segway, I would imagine it's pretty hard to find and bond with other Segway owners unless you're a mall security guard, I guess. Anyway, Segway wants to make that a little easier for you. The company launched a social network this week, called Segway Social where enthusiasts can chat over tips, tricks, maintenance or whatever it is you do on a Segway other than just stand there. You might think this is gimmicky and it's certainly is, but I think it proves that in the future, the idea of a social network won't be quite as novel. The social network will just be an element of all websites and more of an underlining thing that the entire internet has rather than a novelty like Facebook. I mean, if a Segway can be social, certainly anything can. The band, Motley Crue is the first group to release a real single on Rock Band. The single, "Saints of Los Angeles" is from their up-coming album. It was released as a download yesterday on the Xbox Live marketplace and will be available tomorrow on Sony's Play Station Store for ninety-nine cents. Writers point out that artists are having to experiment with alternative ways of selling their music because of suffering CD sales. That's the good point, plus it makes sense that Motley Crue's fans of yesteryear are most likely rock band fans. I mean, I can't imagine someone loving Motley Crue and not loving rock band or even vice versa. Advertisers are constantly trying to get our attention in more and more innovative ways. This holds true both online and offline. Toyota recently employed some clever tact tricks to get peoples attention here in midtown, so the Loaded crew headed over to check it out.
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>> Inwindow Outdoors is an outdoor advertising company and we really pioneered the concept of using vacant retail space as a medium for ads. Recently, we've been increasingly doing more and more things that are integrating digital effects. We do some interactive videos, such as this, which showcases the cars inside these bubbles and when people pass by the space, there's a motion sensing device and the bubbles scatter, so you can't actually, you know, capture the car. The motion sensing cameras in the upper portion there and it's capturing infrared light and detects body movements as a result. This is a very special screen made by 3M that has glass feeds in it and basically, what it does is it prevents ambient light from washing out the image. So, it turns the glass essentially into a video projection and in broad daylight it looks amazing. So this is for iShare and the idea that it's a fog and as people walk by the glass, the fog clears and the concept is to clear the financial fog and it's the digital screen using motion sensing hardware and software.
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>> The State of Kentucky will not get additional funding for a State-wide broadband network. Governor Steve Beshear vetoed a 2.4 million dollar program that would build out broadband for the entire state. While this may seem disappointing, his reasoning on the subject was legitimate. He said that budget cuts and a rough economy as a reason not to increase the budget for this by twenty six percent. Seems logical enough to me, but I don't live in Kentucky, so there might be more politics at play. If you are getting Loaded in Kentucky, can you please write me and tell me what you think of this, loaded@CNET.com. Amazon is not really stealing customers away from iTunes in the way that they intended to. A study from the NPD group says that only ten percent of those who shop at Amazon's DRM-Free Music Store were previous Apple customers. This might seem like bad news for Amazon, but the NPD group says that it's actually not. Since Amazon is doing so well and most of its customers are not from Apple that means there is an influx of new customers in the digital music market. The report does not address those who buy from both stores regularly like I think some of us at CNET do, except those of us who pirate and I'm not naming names, Randall [presumed spelling]. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded.
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