"Loaded: The Internet kills the Post Office"
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Loaded: The Internet kills the Post Office
>> The Internet is killing the Post Office. Iphones are sold out everywhere and Ebay upsets a lot of people down under. It's Monday, May 12th.
>> I'm Natali Del Conte, and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> And now for some iPhone news.
>> The free Wi-Fi for iPhone users is back up and it's meant to stay that way, but not for long. AT&T told the New York Times that the service was launched prematurely due to human error, but they still do intend to roll this out eventually. Also, there have been reports all weekend about the iPhone being sold out in the US and in the UK. If you go to the Apple Store online, you'll see for yourself that in fact no 8 or 16 gig iPhones to be found, which is a good sign that Apple's ready for a next generation launch. Australians are unhappy that Ebay will require them to use Paypal for all purchases made on the site. This rule goes into effect next month. Australians claim that Paypal takes too big of a commission from their transactions. They also accuse the company of instating [assumed spelling] this rule just to increase profits on Paypal because Ebay owns Paypal. Ebay has not said that they will instate this rule in any other countries. They said that they will just watch and learn from what happens down under. I have a feeling that they will learn that this is a very unpopular thing to do. The price of mailing a letter goes up today, stamps are now 42 cents rather then 41 cents. The US Post Office announced that it had lost seven hundred million dollars in the second quarter of the year due to the fact that people rely on the Internet for bill pay and correspondence. I hate to see an organization go under like this but we really don't need the Post Office like we once did. How long do you predict until we just don't have one anymore? Send me your guess [inaudible] at Loaded@cnet.com. There's been a lot of Facebook news in the past few days. I'm going to attempt to summarize. First off, the company launched Facebook connect, which is a way for Facebook to integrate login, identity and use with other websites. The company is said to be increasing its friend limitation from five thousand to infinity. Not sure why you need infinity amount of friends, but I have more friends on Facebook then I really need so I'm not one to talk. Facebook is also discontinuing Network pages in favor of groups. And finally www.news.com is reporting that Facebook has borrowed a hundred million dollars to keep up with expansion. I guess Microsoft's pockets are not deep enough, huh? Safari users can now get a little more search help from Yahoo. The company launched Inquisitor, which is a browser plugin for Safari. It helps users searching the toolbar and get relevant search terms and results in a preview window. This is a version of search assist, which Yahoo launched last year. The plugin is free and you can find it out at www.inquisitorx.com/safari. Last week I said that the new Adobe Photoshop Express would allow flicker integration, I was wrong actually, it didn't happen until just this weekend. Adobe announced the upgrade last week but when they tried to roll it out they found a bug and it didn't work. The new version with an embeddable Photo player and flicker integration works now. I'm sorry if you tried it this weekend and it didn't work for you. Try it again. Those are all your headlines for today. Join us tomorrow when we take a look at a sneak [assumed spelling] inspired robot.
>> I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV, and you've just been loaded.
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