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SONY IS GOING TO LAUNCH 3D TVS, NOKIA UNVEILS A NEW LINE OF PHONES, AND YOU CAN'T SELL YOUR PARENTS ON CRAIGSLIST. ITS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE. IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] IF YOU DIDN'T NOTICE, I'M SURE YOU HEARD ABOUT IT. GMAIL WAS DOWN YESTERDAY FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS. USERS WERE UNABLE TO LOG INTO THEIR GMAIL ACCOUNTS FROM THE WEB; HOWEVER, POP AND IMAP WERE STILL AVAILABLE DURING THE OUTAGE. GOOGLE SAYS THE PROBLEM WAS CAUSED WHEN THEY TOOK SOME OF THEIR SERVERS OFFLINE FOR MAINTENANCE. MEANWHILE, CHANGES MADE TO ROUTER SOFTWARE BACKFIRED AND CAUSED A CASSCADE OF FAILURES THROUGHOUT THEIR SYSTEMS. I ALWAYS FIND IT SO AMUSING THAT THE BLOGOSPHERE AND TWITTERSPHERE ABSOLUTELY FREAKS OUT WHEN THIS HAPPENS. ITS BACK UP AND RUNNING NOW THOUGH SO WE CAN ALL TAKE A COLLECTIVE SIGH OF RELIEF. [*] EBAY CONFIRMED THAT IT DID IN FACT SELL OFF SKYPE, OR AT LEAST MOST OF SKYPE. A GROUP OF VENTURE CAPITALISTS HAVE PURCHASED 65 PERCENT OF THE COMPANY FROM EBAY, AND EBAY WILL RETAIN 35 PERCENT. EBAY BOUGHT SKYPE IN 2005 FOR 3.1 BILLION DOLLARS AND NOW SOLD OFF THE CONTROLLING SHARE FOR 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS. I'M NO MATHEMETITIAN, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT WAS NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR EBAY. THE COMPANY'S PRESIDENT JOSH SILVERMAN WROTE THAT HE WAS EXCITED TO BE AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY AGAIN. [*] THE KREMLIN NOW HAS ITS OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL. IT LAUNCHED ON TUESDAY ALONG WITH BACK TO SCHOOL DAY. THE KREMLIN PLANS TO KEEP THE CHANNEL UP TO DATE WITH DIRECT ADDRESSES FROM PRESIDENT DMITRI MEDVEDEV AS WELL AS SNIPPETS FROM HIS SPEECHES. OF COURSE THIS IS ALL IN RUSSIAN. [*] THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE HAS BANNED PLAYERS, COACHES, LEAGUE OFFICIALS, AND EVEN THE MEDIA FROM TWEETING DURING GAMES. IN FACT THEY CANNOT ENGAGE IN ANY SOCIAL NETWORKING STARTING 90 MINUTES BEFORE THE GAME AND ENDING WHEN ALL POST- GAME INTERVIEWS ARE COMPLETED. ADDITIONALLY, ANYONE REPRESENTING A PLAYER OR COACH CANNOT TWEET EITHER. OF COURSE, THE NFL DOESN'T WANT INSIDE INFORMATION COMPETING WITH ITS BIG MONEY MEDIA BROADCASTS BUT THIS IS JUST OVERKILL. AND STUPID. I WOULD SAY MORE BUT I DON'T REALLY WANT TO TAKE ON THE NFL. THOSE GUYS ARE PRETTY BIG. [*] NINTENDO IS NO LONGER GOING TO CHARGE FOR THE BROWSER ON THE WII. NINTENDO'S BROWSER IS POWERED BY OPERA. IT USED TO COST 500 WII POINTS, OR $5. NOW IT IS FREE AGAIN, WHICH MAKES SENSE. ALL BROWSERS SHOULD BE FREE. IF YOU SPENT 500 WII POINTS TO BUY THE BROWSER, YOU WILL GET A 500 POINT CREDIT, STARTING AT THE END OF OCTOBER. [*] WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5 IS SET TO LAUNCH ON OCTOBER 6TH. THIS IS THE NEWEST VARIATION FOR WINDOWS PHONES AND IT WILL RUN ON A COLLECTION OF PHONES ON AT&T, SPRINT, AND VERIZON. THEY WILL BE MARKETED AS THE WINDOWS PHONE, KIND OF LIKE THE IPHONE OR THE GOOGLE PHONE, SO THAT HOPEFULLY CONSUMERS DON'T GET CONFUSED. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE ABOUT THAT. [*] NOKIA UNVEILED A NEW LINE OF SMARTPHONES INCLUDING THE X3, X6, AND A NEW N97 MINI. THEY ARE ALL PRETTY PRICEY PHONES, AROUND 450 EUROS OR $640 BUT THAT IS STANDARD NOKIA FAIRE. THE PHONES WILL ALSO HAVE FACEBOOK INTEGRATION IN THE OVI STORE WHERE YOU CAN UPDATE YOUR LOCATION AND STATUS DIRECTLY FROM THE DEVICE. THE FIRST OF THESE PHONES TO HIT THE MARKET WILL BE THE N97 MINI IN OCTOBER. [*] THE NEW LINE OF SONY VIAOS WILL COME WITH GOOGLE'S CHROME BROWSER PRE-INSTALLED. YOU MAY NOT CARE ABOUT THIS INITIALLY BUT THINK ABOUT THE PRECIDENT FOR A SECOND: THE VIAO IS A WINDOWS MACHINE AND USUALLY WINDOWS MACHINE COME WITH ONE BROWSER PRE-INSTALLED: INTERNET EXPLORER. FOR A MANUFACTURER TO GIVE CONSUMERS AN OPTION OUT OF THE GATE IS A BIG DEAL. IT IS SOMETHING MOZILLA HAS WANTED FOR YEARS FOR ITS FIREFOX BROWSER. IT IS A STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF REAL CHOICE IN OUR COMPUTING LIFE. IT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE WITH SONG AND DANCE. GO AHEAD AND DO THAT ON YOUR OWN. [*] IN OTHER SONY NEWS, THE COMPANY IS REPORTED TO BE LAUNCHING 3D TV'S SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. THE COMPANY IS SHOWING THESE OFF AT THE IFA CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN GERMANY THIS MONTH. A FEW WEEKS AGO SONY SAID THAT THEY WOULD NOT PUSH OUT NEW LINES OF OLED TVS. PERHAPS THEY CHOSE 3D INSTEAD? WE DON'T HAVE TIMING FOR THIS YET. [*] AND FINALLY, YOU CAN'T SELL YOUR PARENTS ON CRAIGSLIST. A MAN NAMED MICHAEL AMATRUDO TRIED BUT HE CLAIMS IT WAS MOSTLY A JOKE. IN HIS POST, HE WROTE: "I got lots of use out of these guys over the past 50 years, but it's time to move on. Will consider trade for newer model, hot blonde under age 40 or an Erector Set in good condition. MUST SEE! Please email or call Michael for additional details and pics. $155.00 OBO." HE CLAIMS IT WAS ALL A JOKE. WHAT A LOVING SON! [*] THOSE ARE ALL OF YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY AND I WILL OF COURSE SEE YOU TOMORROW. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE WITH CNET TV AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.

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