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The battle for online privacyT-Mobile is getting a speed boost, Nike sneakers know if you've got game, and the White House is pushing for new laws to protect your personal data online.
It's Thursday, February 23, 2012. I'm Bridgette Carey on Cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. There may seem to be laws protecting your right to control your personal data online. The White House announced that it is working with the Congress to protect your online privacy and your right to know how that deed is used under consumer privacy Bill of Rights. At the same time, web giants, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL have pledged to support a technology called Do Not Track on web browsers. So that we all can stop companies from tracking their online behavior. There has been increasing criticism over how technology companies collect private data without the user knowing such as tracking your location or harvesting address books. And this one is accused of playing hard ball with publishers that want to be on the Kindle E-Reader and the site is dropping about 5,000 Kindle titles under the independent publisher's group after not renewing an agreement to carry the electronic versions of the books. The print editions will still be sold by Verizon. Team Mobile's 4G will be faster next year. Team Mobile announced it is launching LTE 4G technology in the US thanks to money and spectrum space obtained from the failed AT&T Merger. The company plans to spend $4 million on the new hardware. LTE 4G which is already in use by Verizon and AT&T would be a faster network venting mobile's current HSPA plus 4G. Sprint said it'll be launching its LTE 4G network some time this year. New sneakers from Nike will let you finally prove to your buddies on the basketball court who jumps higher and runs faster. Call Nike plus basketball. The shoes have pressure sensors on the sole to measure how hard you're playing. The data is sent to your iPhone to track your progress and users can compete by sharing status with their friends. And if basketball isn't your game, there's also Nike plus training. The same concept but the sensors target feedback on various work out drills and challenges. If you hate hunting for a place to charge your phone, you're going to love researchers at Wake Forest University because they've come up with a way to just charge your phone by putting it in your pocket. The team has come up with fabric that generates electricity when in contact with heat. So just touching the piece itself can recharge your battery. This could be in a car where it's sitting in your (keys work?) and improve the car's fuel mileage or fabric under roof tiles on a summer day can lower the electricity bills. And this (felt?) isn't expensive. It would only cost $1 to add a square to a cellphone cover. The university is in talks with investors to produce powerfully and commercially. So those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridgette Carey from Cnet.com and you've just been loaded