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-It's Friday, February 4th, I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get loaded. Energy Star is updating their program to launch a new tier of certification. It's called Superstar. We don't have many details on what Superstar status would mean, but consumerist speculates it could be given to the top 5% most energy efficient products in a given category. Currently, Energy Star labels are given to the top 25 most efficient products. It seems like Energy Star labels aren't too hard to come across these days. Last year, the government accountability office submitted 20 phony products and 15 of them were certified. Verizon and Apple have officially sold out of iPhone 4 pre-orders. Verizon says the number of iPhones sold in the first 2 hours exceeded the 1-day total for any other phone sold from the carrier. If you weren't able to pre-order 1 yet, you may have to wait until February 9th at 3:01 a.m. or try your luck at the store on February 10th. An android market will soon allow purchases inside an app, so if you wanna test out a game or a paid app, developers can let you try a demo version before you decide to purchase. This is nothing new for iPhone users, but the feature should help app sales in the android market. The world's largest mobile equipment maker, Erickson, launched its own mobile banking system. It's called Erickson money services and it's designed for mobile money transactions aimed at people without access to traditional banks. Users can send payments across borders and the service supports currency conversions. Big names like Mastercard, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Visa are all working on their own mobile payment services. We can expect to see more of these in the future. Hotmail is launching a service of throw-away accounts. These are accounts that you can create and manage inside your main e-mail inbox. Therefore, users that don't wanna give third parties the same e-mail they share with friends and family. Hotmail users can create 5 aliases which they can delete and replace with other aliases at any time. You can choose Hotmail or live.com as the domain and the service is rolling out now. That's your news for the day and that wraps up your week of getting loaded. I'm Mark Licea for cnet.com. You've just been loaded.

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