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>> Acer has even more competition in the small laptop market while they set their sites on desktops. Starbucks now officially has free Wi-Fi. And we're still counting down the days until next week's iPhone news. It's Tuesday, June 3, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:16 [ Music ] ^M00:00:18
>> There's a new entrant into the small and cheap laptop market and this time it's Acer. The company announced the Acer Aspire One and it's a 9-inch machine that will cost $379. It will run Linux. Come with an 8GB solid-state drive, 512MB of RAM, and a standard 3-hour battery. It will be available on July 2 and a Windows version that will cost a bit more will come out later in the month. While Asus is still the leader in the low-cost laptop market, the company is also planning to release a desktop machine. It's called the ASUS Eee Box desktop. True to Asus style, it is really small. It looks a bit like a Nintendo Wii and it's cheap around $300. We're expecting to see it here in the US by mid-July. Microsoft took a pretty significant step forward in the world of search this week. The company will have its Live Search toolbar pre-installed in all HP PCs starting in January. Now, I tend to think that people may not want to use that and will instead just switch over to Google or Yahoo, but a lot of computer users do just use what they're given, so this could get more people using Live Search, although, by January of 2009, this could be a joint Microsoft-Yahoo project. You will now be able to follow your stocks on Google Finance to the second. Previously, stock quotes had been filtered through brokerage institutions and you had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to get real-time quotes or else get it through a paid service. But if you're involved in Finance, you'll know that time is money, so this will be very useful to you high-rollers out there. News.com is reporting that Apple may launch its most aggressive promotional plan for students and teachers as early as today. Last year Apple offered a rebate on the cost of any 4GB Nano to students who purchased both a Mac and an iPod Nano or a video iPod. Mac rumors says that this year's offering may be a free 8GB iPod Touch or an iPod Nano when you buy a Mac. The promotion is rumored to start today and run through September 15. As promised, my producer Randall and I put on our Sunday best for a Monday evening reception last night to kick-off New York City's first Internet Week. Here's some highlights. ^M00:02:19 [ Music ] ^M00:02:20
>> So we figured, we'd start out Internet Week right, we got in our fancy duds and we're here at Gracie Mansion, which is the Mayor's house where he's scheduled to speak in just a few minutes. ^M00:02:29 [ Music ] ^M00:02:30
>> June 27, 2002, a wireless network is set up within Brian Park, and finally September 6, 2007, this one's really important. I'm shocked that none of you know this. Michael Bloomberg sets up his own Facebook profile. ^M00:02:50 [ Laughter ] ^M00:02:51
>> Internet Week gives us a chance to celebrate all our success and look forward to the industry's bright future and David-Michael Davies, the Executive Director of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which organized the Internet Week and the Webby is here tonight in recognition of this important event and the Internet's countless contributions to our quality of life, we hereby proclaim June 3 to the 10th, 2008 in the City of New York as Internet Week and congratulations to all of us.
>> We wanted Internet Week New York to be open to all companies, to you individuals, to artists, to Fortune 500, to NASDAQ, to everyone in New York City that was part of this community. ^M00:03:37 [ Music ] ^M00:03:38
>> The mayor also announced the Seed Investment Fund focused on early stage technologies. You can find out more by visiting NYCSeed.com. AT&T's free Wi-Fi at Starbucks is launched today marking the official end of the coffee company's seven-year relationship with T-Mobile. The Wi-Fi is available to anyone who buys a minimum $5 re-loadable Starbucks card that must be registered online for the rewards card program. Oh, and you have to use the card at least once a month, which shouldn't be a problem for the average Starbucks customer who goes back to the store 17 times per month. Sadly, I am included in that demographic. Even though it's Internet Week, we are still keeping our eye on the iPhone. We are less than a week away from the Steve note where we are 99.99% sure that there is a 3G iPhone on its way. Kevin Rose from Digg Nation posted a video yesterday with a new rumor that there will also be a low-end iPhone that will cost $200. Like in iPhone Nano maybe, we'll see. T minus 6 days and counting. Those are all your headlines for today. Join us tomorrow for your Seed at the Women and media panel. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:04:48 [ Music ]
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