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Microsoft previews Windows 8

Facebook organizes your friends into Smart Lists, Google Flight Search takes off, and Microsoft previews the next Windows operating system with a new touch-screen mode.

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:

Microsft previews Windows 8 Facebook unveils Smart Lists Verizon launches $50 unlimited prepaid plan Google Flight Search takes off Intel shows off Ivy Bridge for ultrabooks HTC Sensation XE debuts with Beats Audio Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Buzz Out Loud 1529: HTC tries to buy some street cred (Podcast)

HTC spends $300 million to acquire some Beats Electronics awesomeness, but we have to admit: we're befuddled. Also, Apple is now officially the world's most valuable company, and we're happy, because they're slightly less evil than ExxonMobil. And in the worst idea we've heard in a while, the British Prime Minister floats the idea of turning off social networks to stem the rioting in London. Dude, do you WANT more riots!?

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Gizmodo not charged in iPhone 4 theft

Hewlett-Packard permanently cuts the price of the TouchPad to just $399, Google is reportedly rushing to finish the Ice Cream Sandwich update to its Android operating system, and the San Mateo, Calif., district attorney has filed charges in the theft of an iPhone 4 prototype but not against Gizmodo.

Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:

iPhone 4 charged filed against two men but not Gizmodo HTC buys Beats by Dr. Dre HP cuts price of TouchPad to $399 Google rushing to finish Ice Cream Sandwich Verizon and AT&T block jailbroken tetherers Nintendo 3DS gets "Flame Red"Read more

HTC's Beats deal: Hear no evil?

HTC's acquisition of a majority stake in Beats Electronics amounts to nothing but a lot of white noise.

The Taiwanese smartphone maker said yesterday that it would acquire a majority stake in the famed headphone manufacturer--best known for its partnership with Dr. Dre--for $300 million. Sources told CNET's Greg Sandoval that the deal could eventually be worth more than $500 million.

HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou and Beats Chairman Jimmy Iovine touted the opportunity to integrate Beats' sound technology into HTC's mobile devices. But HTC, typically savvy when appealing to its customers' needs, may be missing the … Read more

HTC to acquire majority stake in Dr. Dre's Beats

HTC is expected to announce Thursday that it has acquired a 51 percent stake in Beats Electronics, the company that manufacturers the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and loudspeakers, sources close to the talks told CNET today.

HTC, a maker of popular smartphones, will obtain the majority stake in Beats Electronics at a cost of more than $500 million, the sources said. The Beats headphones has emerged as a player in higher performance audio and more importantly become a status symbol among music fans and the country's youth.

Dow Jones and All Things Digital were first to report the … Read more

The 404 865: Where we don our bedtime spanx (podcast)

The Sleep Doctor Michael Breus is back on the show to answer your questions about how sleep affects everything from your weight to your memory, and even your mental health. We never get enough time to talk to Dr. Breus, but today we pick his brain about waking up sleepwalkers, how to get your kids back on a summer sleep schedule, and the best natural sleep aid.

The 404 Digest for Episode 865

Rocked to sleep-- not just for babies anymore. Check out Dr. Breus's book, " The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep" For-hire Brooklyn woman reads you bedtime stories. Go the ***k to sleep! Add Dr. Breus on Twitter!

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Volkswagen's 'Temporary Auto Pilot' will drive your car up to 80 mph

The dangers of drowsy or distracted drivers may be a thing of the past. Volkswagen engineers say they have developed an autopilot for your car.

Dr. Jurgen Leohold, Executive Director Volkswagen Group Research on Friday introduced the "Temporary Auto Pilot" (TAP) by Volkswagen at the EU research project HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport).

With TAP, the car can drive semiautomatically up to a speed of 80 miles per hour, under the driver's supervision.

"[TAP is] An important milestone on the path towards fully automatic and accident-free driving," Leohold said.

TAP relies on cameras … Read more

Lara Croft uses Beats by Dr. Dre, iPhone 4

Here's an odd one. While perusing the E3 trailer for the new Tomb Raider game, we noticed that iconic pistol-packing heroine Lara Croft was using what are--unmistakably--Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

The iconic red-ribbon cable tipped us off, but after a comical double-take we noticed that Miss Croft's headphones de choix also sport the Beats ControlTalk cable remote, which lets you control music playback and--if you're using an iPhone--take calls as well. That makes these action-packed 'buds the Beats by Dr. Dre Tour.

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The 404 817: Where we sleep great and lose weight (podcast)

The Sleep Doctor Michael Breus is back in the studio answering your questions and telling us about his new book, "The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep." We also have two copies of the book to give away, so be sure to follow The Sleep Doctor and The 404 on Twitter, mention both of us in a tweet, and you'll be on your way boosting your metabolism, decreasing your hunger, and increasing your energy and willpower through a good night's rest!

We always have plenty of questions to ask the doctor while he's here, and the chatroom helps us out today with questions about what foods to eat before hitting the sack, the effects of alcohol and smoking on sleeping, the benefits of temperature-sensitive mattresses, and more! Wilson's also taking a sleep diet challenge as well, so look out for Dr. Breus on the show six weeks from now to check up on his performance!

The 404 Digest for Episode 817

The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep." The Nap-a-latte works every time. How to sleep anywhere! Too much sleep may accelerate cognitive aging. Air traffic controllers sleeping on the job: is it really their fault? Dr. Breus recommends the Sleep Smoothie. Check out Dr. Breus's line of temperature-regulated mattresses at Sleepy's!

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Digital City 126: Apps a-go-go (or no-go), and the social media effect

In this episode, we talk about how cable companies' attempt to port their services to digital apps both frustrates and confounds us, the debut of the NFL 2011 iPad app, what's new in Netflix streaming, and how busy broadcast news was this week--from the royal wedding to the reported death of Bin Laden.

Bonus: You can download the show's theme song as a free MP3 here for a limited time! … Read more