Loaded: Do these shoes match? Video
Loaded: Do these shoes match? Video Transcript
GOOGLE WANTS TO LAUNCH A TWITTER SEARCH, AMAZON HAS TO PAY UP TO TOYS R US, AND MICROSOFT WANTS TO BE YOUR NEW FASHION STYLIST. ITS MONDAY, JUNE 15TH. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE, COMING TO YOU FROM SAN FRANCISCO THIS WEEK. IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] MICROSOFT HAS DECIDED THAT IT WILL SELL WINDOWS 7 IN EUROPE WITHOUT A BROWSER. THE COMPANY HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK FOR PRE-PACKAGING INTERNET EXPLORER WITH WINDOWS FOR SO LONG THAT THEY HAVE DECIDED TO PULL THE RATHER BRATTY MOVE OF JUST DELETING IT FROM THE OPERATING SYSTEM, WHICH LAUNCHES ON OCTOBER 22ND. SO YOU GET YOUR NEW OPERATING SYSTEM, TRY TO GET ONLINE...HOW DO YOU DO IT? TRUE, YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY BROWSER NOW. BUT HOW DO YOU INSTALL ONE WITHOUT A BROWSER? MICROSOFT WILL PROBABLY JUST BUNDLE A PHYSICAL CD WITH THE BROWSER, WHICH A BIG WASTE OF RESOURCES. I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE FINAL PACKAGE SOLUTION FOR WINDOWS 7 BUT IF IT IS, WHAT A PAIN. [*] SPEAKING OF MICROSOFT, THE COMPANY HAS APPLIED FOR A RATHER UNUSUAL PATENT CALLED ONLINE PERSONAL APPEARANCE ADVISOR. THE APPLICATION DESCRIBES IT AS A PROGRAM IN WHICH THE "contributor uploads self images for viewing and rating (or voting) by viewers who choose to provide an opinion on different fashion and/or cosmetic looks of the contributor." YOU MIGHT BE THINKING: WHY DOES MICROSOFT CARE IF YOUR SHOES MATCH YOUR OUTFIT? THE ONLY THING I COULD COME UP WITH WAS THAT PERHAPS THIS MUST BE FOR NATAL. AFTER ALL, THE MARKETING VIDEO DID SHOW A TEENY BOPPER TRYING ON PROM DRESSES. [*] OK, ONE LAST MICROSOFT STORY. IT HAS TO DO WITH BING. MICROSOFT'S NEW SEARCH ENGINE NOW FILTERS OUT PORN. BING CAME UNDER FIRE FOR NOT DOING THIS SINCE ITS LAUNCH A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGO. A REVISION OF THE PROGRAM ALLOWS PARENTS TO BLOCK OR MONITOR WHAT THEIR KIDS ARE VIEWING. ACCORDING TO THE POST: "explicit images and video content will now be coming from a separate single domain, explicit.bing.net. This is invisible to the end customer, but allows for filtering of that content by domain, which makes it much easier for customers at all levels to block this content regardless of what the SafeSearch settings might be." [*] AMAZON HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY TOYS R US $51 MILLION TO SETTLE A 5-YEAR-OLD LAWSUIT. THE SUIT WAS OVER A DEAL BETWEEN THE TWO RETAILERS WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE TOYS R US THE EXCLUSIVE TOY PROVIDER FOR AMAZON. AFTER THIS DEAL WAS MADE IN 2000, AMAZON BEGAN USING OTHER TOY RETAILERS BECAUSE THEY CLAIMED THAT TOYS R US COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH INVENTORY. THIS PARTNERSHIP WAS SUPPOSED TO LAST THROUGH 2010. TOYS R US WANTED $93 MILLION BUT INSTEAD THEY GET $51, PAYABLE Q3, WHICH STARTS ON JULY 1. [*] GOOGLE IS MAKING SOME CHANGES TO THE WAY THEY DO STREET VIEW IN EUROPE, FOLLOWING MANY PRIVACY COMPLAINTS BY THE EU. ONE CHANGE IS THAT THEY HAVE TO GIVE COMMUNITIES ADVANCED NOTICE WHEN THE CAMERA-EQUIPPED VANS ARE COMING THROUGH. THIS IS HOW GOOGLE CAPTURES IMAGES FOR STREET VIEW AND EUROPEANS DO NOT WANT TO BE CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN...LITERALLY. EUROPEAN REGULATORS ALSO WANT GOOGLE TO SET A TIME LIMIT FOR HOW LONG THE RAW IMAGES ARE HELD ON GOOGLE SERVERS. GOOGLE BLURS OUT FACES AND OTHER SENSITIVE INFORMATION BUT THOSE UNBLURRED IMAGES STILL RESIDE WITH GOOGLE. THE EU DOESN'T LIKE THAT BUT GOOGLE HAS NOT AGREED TO A TIME LIMIT YET. [*] IN OTHER GOOGLE NEWS, THE COMPANY IS SAID TO BE WORKING ON A MICROBLOGGING SEARCH ENGINE...SO BASICALLY A TWITTER SEARCH. WHEN BLOGGING TOOK OFF, GOOGLE LAUNCHED GOOGLE BLOG SEARCH. THIS WOULD BE A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THAT. OF COURSE TWITTER HAS ITS OWN SEARCH ENGINE BUT IT IS LIMITED TO JUST TWITTER AND IT SORTS RESULTS BY DATE, NOT KEYWORDS. GOOGLE'S REPORTED MICROBLOG SEARCH WOULD SORT BY RELEVANCY AND BE INTEGRATED WITH GOOGLE'S WEB SEARCH. [*] YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE FANCY EQUIPMENT TO TWITTER. A MAN NAMED JOHAN VAN DEN BRANDE IS DOING IT FROM A COMMODORE 64. IN THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO, HE CAN BE SEEN TWITTERING OH-SO-SLOWLY FROM HIS 1982 MACHINE CONNECTED TO A TV. DON'T SEND HIM ANY LINKS OR VIDEOS THOUGH. I DON'T THINK HE WILL BE SENDING OR CLICKING ANY TINY-URL'S FROM THERE. [*] THOSE ARE ALL OF YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY. I WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW WITH MORE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE WITH CNETTV AND YOU JUST BEEN LOADED.
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