Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is slated to make a rare television interview appearance Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes." (CNET News is published by CBS Interactive, a unit of CBS.) It's his first TV appearance since the release of "The Social Network," the unauthorized film about his founding of Facebook that has been both praised by reviewers and criticized for what some say is an unduly negative portrayal of the young founder.
Jill Schlesinger and Natali Morris join us on today's show as our Thanksgiving week without Justin Yu continues. Justin usually takes care of our daily blog post seen here but instead has opted to take off three days so he can read bedtime stories to his cat, Chairman Meow.
Today Jill and Natali help us make sense of the inherent dangers associated with allowing civilians to text, MMS, or even video stream to 911 rather than dialing in. Of course Wilson and I overlook the prime opportunities this would present hoodlums who will inevitably use the new technology for evil. While funny, we certainly wouldn't support pranking 911 with video of a fake incident. Not to worry though, Natali informs us that not only is there no funding for such a thing, it hasn't even been planned out at all, and it turns out it was just someone's idea that somehow made its way into mainstream news outlets.
Next up is Oprah Winfrey announcing that the iPad is her favorite thing ever. Though we're pretty sure Apple doesn't need the attention, it's hard for us to believe that Oprah even uses an iPad. We figure she'd just scream at it repeatedly and tell it that it's going on a 10-day trip to Europe over and over.
There are a tons of laughs on today's show, so be sure to tune in, plus some vital financial info that everyone shopping this holiday season needs to know! Jill tells us how much we should be spending on gifts this year, so make sure you've got a budget!Episode 715 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
NBC, CBS, and ABC had already said no to Google TV, and today Fox Broadcasting made it unanimous.
News Corp.-owned Fox became the last of the broadcast networks to block full episodes of its shows from appearing on the software platform that enables users to view Web content and video on their home TVs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of Fox's move.
A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.
Fox executives didn't reject the offering as soon as the other networks because it was evaluating the platform, the sources said. Now that the evaluation is over, the … Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Google TV seems to be blocked by ABC, NBC, and our parent company CBS
The Barnes and Noble Nook will go on sale at Wal-Mart this weekend
FaceTime for Mac may jeopardize your passwordsMicrosoft announces Games for Windows, a PC gaming store
Google TV has the network television industry's attention.
Certain television shows on the Web sites of broadcast networks CBS and ABC are currently being blocked when Google TV users try to access those sites. The Wall Street Journal also reported that NBC confirmed it was blocking streams to Google TV users, although CNET was able to view shows on NBC.com using Google TV. (CBS.com is published by CBS Interactive, which also publishes CNET.)
The decision to block the programs only seems to affect full-length episodes available on the Web sites of those companies, and it began in … Read more
For today's frivolous tech post of the day, we bring you Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder and "Dancing With the Stars" alum, who last night made an appearance on CBS' hit show "Big Bang Theory."
The Woz is onscreen a little over a minute and interacts exclusively with ubernerd Sheldon via a "virtual presence device" in a restaurant.
Sheldon says he's a big fan and that Wozniak is his 15th favorite technological visionary. Wozniak remarks, "Only 15?" To which Sheldon replies: "It's still six spots above Steve Jobs. … Read more
So, what does today's show title mean? If you're a news junkie, you probably already know, but to Jill and Wilson's surprise, even in the financial capital of the country, nobody really knows who the heck Elizabeth Warren is. (In case you don't know, she's the Chairman of the TARP Oversight Committee and will likely be appointed as a "Special Adviser to the President" to run and build the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.)
Warren has been a leading advocate for consumer financial protection for decades and was the person who initially came up with the idea for the CFPA. But what's interesting is that it was really the Internet, "The Daily Show", and social media that has made her into the "Money Momma." Unfortunately for Jill, "Money Aunt" doesn't seem to have the same ring to it. We won't get into other M-related alliterations.
As usual, Aunt Jill has some great advice for anyone who needs a little financial guidance in these trying times. For the tech enthusiast, there's Mint.com to manage and track your personal finances, and the best feature is its capability to automatically categorize your spending on your credit and debit cards. But keep in mind that you are giving up your personal financial information, user names, account numbers and passwords to a third party.
Some bullet points also to follow:
Don't buy actual gold; buy gold-based traded funds. In general, don't buy gold unless you know what you're doing.
Follow Jill at @jillonmoney for daily financial tips. We're still thinking of a Twitter hashtag for her to use. Send us your suggestions.
The First Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit has expired.
Only consolidate your student loans (and loans in general) if you're going to get a lower rate.
You're probably "SOL" if you bought a brand new car a few years ago, are still making payments, and want to get a new car. Jill's advice is to buy used always. She even did, and she definitely makes more money than any of the guys.
Finally, couples who want to start a joint bank account together should find a bank or network that is close by. If you're adventurous look into credit unions. And there are a few banks that don't really have branches but will refund all ATM fees.
If you have any financial questions or just want to send your love to Aunt Jill and The 404, feel free to send us an e-mail at the404 [at] cnet [dot]. Or call us at 1-866-404-CNET (2638) and leave a message. Jill demands that you follow her on Twitter @jillonmoney, or follow us at @the404, @rhapsodyartist, @malusbrutus and @jeffbakalar.Episode 667 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
NEW YORK--Just having the latest and greatest 3D-enabled TV won't guarantee you a virtual court-side seat this weekend when CBS Sports broadcasts the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 3D. You'll also have to subscribe to DirecTV's satellite TV service.
Avid sports fans can now feel like they're part of the action in their own living rooms thanks to 3D TV broadcasts of live sporting events, such as the U.S. Open. But exclusive distribution deals limit who gets to see what.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Tennis Association, which hosts the U.S. Open and … Read more
Molly Wood is back in New York for a new Web show on CBS called Eye on Parenting, so of course we invite her on the show to chat with us about Gmail voice calling, the new Digg layout, and an ironic Twitter post from Gizmodo's Brian Lam that segues into a live in-person Molly rant!
Google just announced that it's adding the ability to place real live phone calls and send text messages straight from your Gmail window. Internet calling isn't new by any means, but where you formerly had to arrange a specific time to … Read more