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THE U.S. DIRECTOR OF CYBERSPACE STEPS DOWN, IRIVER MAY RELEASE A TOUCHSCREEN TABLET TO COMPETE WITH THE APPLE TABLET THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW EXISTS, AND YAHOO CLOSES DOWN BIX, WHICH MEANS YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE YOUR KARAOKE ACT ON THE ROAD. ITS TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. [*] MELISSA HATHAWAY, ACTING CYBERSPACE DIRECTOR FOR THE WHITE HOUSE'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND HOMELAND SECURITY COUNCILS, RESIGNED FROM HER POST THIS WEEK. SHE REPORTED PERSONAL REASONS AS HER REASON FOR RESIGNATION. HATHAWAY WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE JOB PERMANENTLY THOUGH. PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS REPORTEDLY VERY CLOSE TO CHOOSING A PERMANENT REPLACEMENT FOR HER IN THE POSITION HE CALLS "CYBER CZAR." HATHAWAY WAS A CANDIDATE FOR THAT JOB BUT SHE REMOVED HERSELF FROM THE RUNNING A FEW WEEKS AGO AND NOW REMOVES HERSELF FROM THE POSITION ALTOGETHER. SO DUST OFF YOUR RESUME. MAYBE YOU ARE THE RIGHT MAN..OR WOMAN, FOR THE JOB. [*] IF YOU TEND TO GET EXCITED ABOUT STORAGE, YOU'LL LIKE THIS: TOSHIBA ANNOUNCED THE WORLD'S FIRST 64 GIG MEMORY SD CARD TODAY. THE COMPANY CLAIMS THAT IT HAS THE FASTEST DATA TRANSFER SPEEDS AROUND. IT HAS A TOP WRITE SPEED OF 35 MEGABITS PER SECOND AND A READ SPEED OF 60 MEGABITS PER SECOND. IT WILL START SHIPPING TO MANUFACTURERS IN NOVEMBER AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN THE SPRING OF 2010. [*] GOOGLE CEO ERIC SCHMIDT IS RESIGNING FROM HIS POSITION ON APPLE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS. THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREY AREA AS TO WHETHER OR NOT HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH APPLE WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. AS GOOGLE MOVES FORWARD WITH A CHROME OPERATING SYSTEM AND ANDROID PHONES THAT COMPETE WITH THE IPHONE, THAT AREA BECOMES LESS GREY. SCHMIDT HAS SERVED ON APPLE'S BOARD FOR THREE YEARS. [*] ACCORDING TO THE UK TIMES, APPLE TRIED TO SILENCE A FATHER AND DAUGHTER AFTER THE CHILD'S IPOD EXPLODED. APPARENTLY, LAST MONTH THE IPOD TOUCH MADE A HISSING NOISE. THE FATHER REPORTED FEELING THE DEVICE GETTING HOTTER AND EVENTUALLY SMOKING. HE THEN EXPLAINED THAT THE DEVICE MADE A LOUD POPPING SOUND BEFORE IT EXPLODED AND FLEW 10 FEET IN THE AIR. APPLE HAS REPORTEDLY ATTEMPTED TO HUSH THIS INCIDENT BY OFFERING THE FAMILY A FULL REFUND ONLY IF THEY SIGNED A SETTLEMENT FORM. IF THEY AGREED TO THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT, THE FAMILY WOULD HAVE BEEN LEFT OPEN TO LEGAL ACTION. THE FATHER REFUSED TO SIGN IT AND CLAIMED ALL THEY WANTED WAS A REFUND. NOW I DID NOT SEE THIS WITH MY OWN EYES BUT I AM VERY CURIOUS ABOUT AN IPOD'S ABILITY TO FLY 10 FEET IN THE AIR. I'M NOT CALLING THESE PEOPLE LIARS. I JUST HAVE SUSPICIONS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. [*] RESEARCH IN MOTION RELEASED AN UPDATE TO BLACKBERRY APP WORLD. VERSION 1.1 CONTAINS ENHANCED SEARCH OPTIONS. THIS ALLOWS USERS TO FIND APPS BY CATEGORY AND BY SORT BY HIGHEST RATING OR PRICE. TO GET THE NEW VERSION HEAD TO BLACKBERRY.COM/APPWORLD OR MOBILE.BLACKBERRY.COM FROM YOUR PHONE. [*] RUMOR HAS IT THAT IRIVER IS LOOKING TO LAUNCH A TABLET TOUCHSCREEN PC/E-READER WHATEVER. IT IS BASICALLY A HYBRID OF THE KINDLE, THE IPOD TOUCH, AND THE NON-EXISTENT APPLE TOUCHSCREEN TABLET. AGAIN THIS IS A BIG FAT RUMOR BUT AN AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT MANAGER SAYS THAT IT WILL BE CALLED THE K2 AND HAVE A 3.5-INCH TOUCHSCREEN, WI-FI, BROWSER, ACCELEROMETER, BLUETOOTH, AND A DIGITAL TV TUNER. MOST OF US AT CNET AGREE THAT IRIVER IS ONE OF THE FEW COMPANIES THAT COMPETES WITH APPLE FOR SEXY PERSONAL MEDIA PLAYERS. IN WHICH CASE, LETS HOPE THIS IS TRUE! [*] TECHCRUNCH POINTED OUT THAT YAHOO HAS CLOSED BIX. FUNNY THAT NO ONE ELSE REALLY NOTICED. BIX WAS YAHOO'S KARAOKE SITE THAT LET USERS SING THEIR HEARTS OUT AND COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER, A LOT LIKE MYSPACE KARAOKE. BIX WENT DOWN SOMETIME IN THE LAST WEEK BUT IF YOU GO TO BIX.YAHOO.COM NOW, IT JUST TAKES YOU TO A YAHOO WEB PAGE. WHICH MEANS YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE YOUR RENDITION OF ACHY BREAKY HEART ELSEWHERE. [*] THERE ARE RUMORS THAT NETFLIX IS LOOKING TO BRING ITS WATCH INSTANTLY MOVIE STREAMING SERVICE TO MOBILE PHONES. OR MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE IPHONE. THIS WOULD MEAN THAT YOU COULD WATCH MOVIES IN YOUR NETFLIX CUE ON YOUR PHONE ON THE GO. THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK WILL EVENTUALLY HAPPEN BUT NOT SOON AND NOT OVER 3G. AT&T DOESN'T NORMALLY ALLOW STREAMING VIDEO SERVICES ON ITS 3G NETWORK. NORMALLY IT REQUIRES WI-FI. SO IF THIS IS TRUE, IT WOULD LIKELY BE ANOTHER WI-FI ONLY APP. IN OTHER NETFLIX NEWS THAT IS TRUE, THE COMPANY IS NOW STREAMING ABC'S TOP SHOWS IN ITS WATCH NOW SERVICE. THESE SHOWS LIKE LOST ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE ON ABC.COM FOR STREAMING BUT THE NETFLIX DEAL ALLOWS ABC TO BRING ENTIRE SEASONS FOR RENTAL TO NETFLIX CUSTOMERS ONLINE, ON THE ROKU BOX, ON NETWORKED BLU-RAY PLAYERS AND TV'S AND MORE. [*] 10 NEW U.S. CITIES ARE GETTING WIMAX AS OF SEPTEMBER 1ST. CLEARWIRE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD BE EXPANDING THE NETWORK TO PLACES INCLUDING BOISE, IDAHO, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, AND EIGHT CITIES IN TEXAS. CLEARWIRE'S 4G NETWORK IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN 4 CITIES. [*] HEY, SO YOU SHOULD MEET ME AT THE SHACK. OH YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SHACK IS? TIME TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM! THE SHACK IS THE REBRANDED NAME FOR ELECTRONICS STORE RADIO SHACK. THE COMPANY IS CHANGING ITS IMAGE WITH THIS NEW MONIKER, UNDOUBTEDLY AIMING TO BE COOLER. THEY ARE ALSO HAVING NET- TOGETHERS, WHICH IS A GATHERING THAT STARTS UP ON THE WEB, IN SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK THIS WEEK. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO RADIOSHACK.COM/THESHACK. WHAT DO YOU THINK? GOOD NAME? LAME NAME? WRITE IN AT LOADED@CNET.COM [*] THOSE ARE ALL OF YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. I'M NATALI DEL CONTE WITH CNET TV AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.
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