What's a Huawei? And ZTE who?Advertisers can target you in new ways on Facebook, Netflix bids farewell to Disney princesses, and it's time to learn how to say Huawei.
It's Thursday, March 1, 2012. I'm Bridget Carey on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Today's top level players are all well known. There's Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola. But this year, expect to hear more about 2 other Smart phone vendors, ZTE and Wall-E. Previously, these makers really had most of their business in China. But they've been making a big push to get into the US market. At this weeks Mobile World Congress Trade Show in Barcelona, Spain, they don't plan to give attention. Wall-E showed off the world's fastest Smart phone and first 10-inch tablet with a flat core processor and ZTE, it announced 15 different phones. Prepaid phone providers like Metro PCS and Live Wireless are starting to carry their lower cost phones and Team Mobile even carried a Wall-E tablet. Facebook has introduced 3 new advertising messages for brand pages. When a brand or company page makes a post such as the status update or a photo, that post can be pushed out to fans and show there's an advertisement on the right side of their main Facebook feed page. There are also new spaces to place an ad like the Facebook log out page. Facebook has 37 million users logged in each day. So that's quite a few eyeballs and mobile users will see more ads too in their news feed and on the mobile log out page. Amazon announced it has more than a hundred thousand eBooks in its Kindle owner's lending library and it just started with about 5000 books back in November. Now the wording can get confusing but this has nothing to do with your local library. Rather, it's a perk for Amazon prime paid subscribers and will ask the customers to check out 1 book a month from the selection with no due dates. Amazon also said it's seen a growing number of customers reading and buying independently published books. Others can get on Kindle devices through the Kindle direct publishing program and so far, those independently published eBooks have paid out $1.8 million to others. Netflix subscribers are saying goodbye to nearly a thousand movies from the ancestry library as Netflix has lost the rights to stream movies from Star. The movie channel cut off is for your contract with Netflix and thereby cut off access to Disney movies and other classic hits like Bill Dukes and Scar Face. Recently, Netflix has been focused on creating several original series as it competes with HBO for viewers. And Smart phone's auto correct can be a spelling life saver or cause a massive misunderstanding as one has to do at a technical college in Georgia discovered the hard ray. A student meant to text the phrase "gonna be at West Hall today". But instead of saying "gonna", auto correct changed it to read "gun man be at West Hall today". To make it worst, the text was sent to a wrong number. The receiver alerted the police and authority has locked down West Hall Middle and West Hall High School. Yeah, gotta check your text or you're gonna be in trouble. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for cnet.com and you've just been loaded