Loaded: Don Corleone on Blu-ray Video
Loaded: Don Corleone on Blu-ray Video Transcript
>> There's more on the Microsoft and Yahoo front -- if you care. Good news and bad news about the iPhone, and Don Corleone comes to Blu-ray. It's Thursday, July 3, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] ^M00:00:13
>> I'm getting weary of reporting on Microsoft and Yahoo's foreplay dance but there is more news, so I'm gonna tell you before I bore you to death. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Yahoo is shopping for partners, while Microsoft is out looking for other companies to help with the take-over. Apparently, Yahoo is still looking to Time Warner for a little help, so we'll follow along and see what happens. It's been five months and three days since we've been following the story and really nothing ever happens. Does anyone even care anymore? Please feel free to let me know, Loaded@CNET.com. Nokia has a new accessory for people with hearing disabilities. It's called the Nokia Wireless Loopset and it's designed to work with the hearing aid. It looks a bit like a necklace that uses Bluetooth technology to route the calls to a hearing aid or an implant. It's expected to be available worldwide in early 2009 for less that 200 Euros, which right now is about $317. The latest PlayStation3 Firmware update was not a success. Sony is yanking it because of reports that the new update has break certain consoles or just really messed up the operating systems. Stay tuned to Sony's next move on this unfortunate event. I have good news and bad news about the iPhone today. I'll do the good news first and that is that Google has launched a new chat application for the iPhone. It works in Safari and you can find it at Google.com slash talk. The bad news is mostly for Australians and that is that Optus has released its iPhone service plans today and according to Duncan Riley of the Inquisitr, it's no good. The service is about $74 per month, but it caps data at 700 megs. Riley says that BlackBerry users pay about the same amount for unlimited data -- that's not fair. Australia, time to start petitioning like the Canadians. Google is helping to fight pornography is Brazil. The company has signed an agreement with Brazilian Public Prosecutors to help rid any inappropriate content from Orkut, which is its social networking site. The agreement mandates that Google use filters to remove and prevent any illegal content on Orkut. Google will also help out in any investigation that goes on around activity in Orkut. This is appropriate because even though no one uses the site here in the US, half of Orkut's user base is in Brazil. Microsoft has released a new pricing plan that bundles Microsoft Office with Windows Live OneCare. OneCare is a security and protection service. The bundle is called Microsoft Equipt and it costs $69 per year and will be available later this month. In other Microsoft news, the company announced an arts project of sorts on Wednesday. It's a graphic novel sponsored by the Zune. I got to say the project baffles me a little. It's an actual physical novel written by 4 graphic artists about space time travel and it will be sold in comic stores his month. I'm not really sure what this has to do with Zune other than the fact that you can download podcast from the artist. You can find more info at zune-arts.net/lost. WordPress.com users can now use the site when they are not connected to the internet. The site recently got integration with Google Gears, so there's a new button in the top right hand corner called Turbo. What it does is cash the latest 200 files in your WordPress Library on your browser. That way you can get to them when you're not online. This currently works with Firefox 2 and 3 and Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Safari support is on its way. Plans to construct the natural power billboard in the Big Apple's Times Square in the works, the Japanese company Ricoh plans to create the electronic sign, which will house 45 solar panels and 4 wind power turbines. The billboard will produce around 98 kilowatt hours of electricity per day and cut carbon emissions by 18 tons per year. Construction should begin by the end of this year. In case you're wondering, Firefox 3 did succeed at landing itself at Guinness World Record for the most downloads in a single day. Remember they didn't take this record from anyone else. They just created it. That [inaudible] size Firefox 3 was downloaded 8,002,530 times on its launch date on June 18. Just think what they could have done if the site wasn't down for the first half of the day. In other browser news, Opera has announced that Ask.com will be the official search engine to its latest desktop browser Opera 9.51. This goes into effect globally with the exception of users in China, Japan, Poland, Russia and the Commonwealth of the Independent States. While most of us wonder if Blu-ray will ever really take off like regular DVD players. The format has landed a small win with the new title, the Godfather. The trilogy will be released on September 23 in a Blu-ray set that cost a $120. The set has commentary from its director Francis Ford Coppola, galleries, featurettes, trailers and more. It's also presented in 1080p and has lossless audio from Dolby to HD. Maybe I should get this and actually watch the Godfather. It's pretty pathetic that I never have. Those are all your headlines for today and that wraps up your week of getting loaded. Remember if you've missed any episodes this week, you can find them all at loaded.cnettv.com. Also tomorrow, kicks off the Fourth of July weekend and I will be on vacation through next Tuesday, but we will still have a show for you on Monday. So stay tuned for that. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:08 [ Music ]
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