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It's Tuesday, October 5th. I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get loaded. Skype is out for Android version 2.1 and later. Users can now start making free calls and instant message to other Skype users. US customers will only be able to make calls over Wi-Fi and the app is not offered in the Android Market in Japan and China. Fring also announced their service is available for Android Market. Fring Out lets users make international calls for 1 per minute. Barnes & Noble announced their self publishing platform yesterday. It's called PubIt! and it lets independent publishers and self publishers distribute their works through Barnes & Nobles' e-book store. Amazon, Apple, and Sony already have their own self publishing platforms. Barnes & Noble is giving authors 65% of the sales price for books that are priced between $2.99 and $9.99. The service also lets you convert your text or Microsoft Word file into an ePub file. You can now make purchases through Amazon in Facebook. Right now, the only items being sold are diapers but if you want to buy Pampers Diapers, their fan page has a Shop Now button that you can click on. From their, you can use your Amazon account info and finalize a purchase. Right now, Amazon is the only site using this feature but you can bet that other online vendors will do the same. Google's TV site just launched this week. We don't have details on price but content partners include Turner Broadcasting, NBC-Universal, HBO, and the NBA. Sony and Logitech are partnering to pair Google software with their hardware. Logitech is holding a press conference tomorrow so we'll keep you posted. And Virgin Mobile announced a no-contract phone yesterday. The Samsung Intercept runs Android and it costs $250 but Virgin Mobile offers an unlimited plan for $60 a month without a contract and plans start at $25. It's not the best Android phone but it has a 3.2-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Those are all your headlines for today. I'm Mark Licea for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.
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On today's show, all the ways Google is going to take over the world (even though some of them might be good), and Amazon is bringing back the short story, the essay, and the self-published manifesto. I'm working on mine as we speak. Plus, lawyers get rich, and why on earth would people get excited about a Gap logo, and even worse, why would Gap cave? --Molly
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