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PlayStation 3 price dropNetflix launches a video streaming channel for kids, a Chrome extension called Google Related shows content tied to the currently viewed page, and Sony drops the price of all its PlayStation 3 models by $50.
It's Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Sony has dropped the price of its PlayStation 3 models by $50. That means the 160GB and 320GB versions of the console will now just cost $249 and $299, respectively. The PS3 joins the Nintendo 3DS which dropped its price by 32 percent. We think that's a pretty good deal for a game console and Blu-ray player. Speaking of gaming consoles, Nintendo has announced its popular Wii console will be hitting a slight redesign at least in the UK just in time for the holiday season. The console doesn't look dramatically different. Although, it's now designed to lie flat rather than stand vertically like the original Wii does. The redesigned however does bring a major feature loss. The console no longer plays Gamecube games. It becomes pack with a Wii remote plus a non-track and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Party. Nowhere yet a [unk] availability. Google has released a new service that chose user's related links based on the same topics as the page that currently viewing. It's called Google Related and comes in the form of an extension for its Chrome browser. Once installed, users will see a bar appear along the bottom of certain page types like news, shopping, or even a restaurant site. Verizon Communication plans to suspend health insurance coverage and medical benefits for any workers who are still on strike. This is the latest escalation in the contract dispute between the company and union workers who walked off the job in August 7th. Striking workers will have the option of continuing their health coverage as long as 18 months if they continue to make premium payments themselves using COBRA. Netflix is trying to get parents some help finding child appropriate content on its video streaming service. It's called Just for Kids and as you would expect, it's geared toward children 12 and under. Some titles include Sesame Street and Toy Story 3. The service has launched in the US and Canada for users on Windows and Mac computers with support on other Netflix compatible devices coming in the near future. Mozilla has released version 6 of its Firefox browser. This is the second release on Mozilla's new rapid release schedule. Unlike previous whole number upgrades in the Firefox, there are fewer features and many under the hood improvements. Some features include highlighting the domain of the site your visiting, support for web sockets, faster startup times, and overall a more secure and stable browser. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.