Apple execs must read Playboy for the articles Video
Apple execs must read Playboy for the articles Video Transcript
It's Wednesday, January 19th. I'm Natali Morris and it's time to get loaded. Facebook changed their privacy feature on Tuesday after a new feature they enabled last week exposed user's phone numbers and addresses. The feature asked users permission for information when they downloaded an app. This request usually asks for basic demographic information like name or gender. It started to ask for phone numbers and addresses on Friday and then Facebook changed their mind about this and disabled it. Why does the developer need your address anyway. The government approved the Comcast take over of NBC on Tuesday. Comcast participate 51% controlling stake in NBC Universal, home of the NBC television network. They purchased this from General Electric for 13.8 billion dollars. Of course the concern is whether or not Comcast will give preferential delivery to its own web properties like [unk] to Comcast broadband customers. They will be watched closely either way. American Airlines is on the out with online travel sites. The airline did just agree to deal with Priceline to sell tickets through Americans direct to connect technology. Priceline agreed to just put orbits Orbitz and Expedia did not. Both of these companies have decided not to sell Americans tickets because they think that their new pricing at sales program is anticonsumer and anti choice. Sprint Smartphone users kiss goodbye next for 10 dollars per month. The company is hiking prices on smart phone plans starting January 30th. Now the cheapest plan on Sprint starts at 79 dollars per month bringing their prices closes to Verizon and AT&T prices. Starbucks will now accept mobile phone payments for your [unk] in all stores. The company does this to Starbucks app that lets you manage and reload your Starbucks card. They tested this payment system and target stores in New York and San Francisco. It works great if you can find the barista who knows about it. Most of the time, I hand over my phone and the wonder what the heck I'm doing. And finally the latest magazine to come to the iPad is Playboy, the full the catalog of this since 1953 will be sold in iPad format starting in March. And the word is that it will be uncensored, which does surprise me because Apple usually does censor adult content. I guess like so many, the powers that creat Apple read Playboy for the articles. That's your news of the day, but if you want more about any of our stories, visit CNET.com/loaded. I'll see tomorrow. I'm Natali Morris for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.
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