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Natali Del Conte: Google Voice finally starts to let in new users, T-Mobile launches the MyTouch which is a follow up to the G1 and your favorite blogger may not get so many free launches anymore. Its Monday, June 22nd I’m Natali Del Conte and it’s time to get loaded. Google has started to roll out Google Voice, the program has been limited to old grand central costumers for sometime now but the company is finally letting new costumers in and taking people off the wait list to been waiting for this for months. This is the service that rings all your phones at ones and transcribes your voicemails into an email. I’ve been using it for about a month in half and I did a demo this morning on the CBS early show, take a look. Male: So you set this to ring your iPhone, your Blackberry and the CNET I mean the— Natali Del Conte: And a Pre that I’ve been testing. And also will ring my office phone right now. Male: Okay, alright. Natali Del Conte: Yeah, so call it just press call that’s my Google Voice number, there we go. That’s our Sir Wil’s phone and it’s going to call all three of my phone so if I’m running around with my work corporate, Blackberry or my personal iPhone if I’m sitting there all these phones are ringing at once because I said it to ring and my office phone is ringing. So I pickup this call, this phone are just going to know that and stop ringing I’m going to end this call. If I decide not to get that call and it goes to voice mail, then Google will transcribe that voicemail into an email which I can display on google.com. Male: Oh that’s pretty cool. Now you talk and you’re getting to an actual usual function that I can identify alright so in this case? Natali Del Conte: So I have Rush call me this morning and he left the message and it transcribe that into an email that I can read. You can see it say’s Bradley even though my name is Natali, Google Voice the speech is not really all that accurate but let’s play it and see what he said to me. Rush: Hi Natali! It’s Rush, Winos can you buy me one of those smart phones I’ve been wanting one for a long time and I figure you have a hook up. No fracture, thanks bye. Male: Okay. Natali Del Conte: So he is trying to get phone out of me. If you want to sign up to get in on this go to goggle.com/voice. T-Mobile announced surprising and availability to the MyTouch today, this is the follow up to the G1. It’s a 3G phone without a physical keyboard instead it has a 3.2 inch QVGA touch screen display with the virtual keyboard that does working landscape. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera, it cost $199 with the two year agreement on T-Mobile and it would be available on July 8. Speaking of android IBM launch the Wimbledon application this week for android just in time for the world’s most renowned tennis tournament the program super imposes real time stats and updates from social networks like Facebook and Twitter into a video feed from the phone’s camera so if you point your G1 at the court it will tell you which court you are looking at, who is playing, who also play there etc. of course you have to be at the tournament with the G1 for this works I’m not sure how many people will actually fall into that category but it could be a model for sports applications in the future or you point your phone at the player and get all the stats and history. The new LG virtualization monitor may not interest you right now but I suspect we’re going to see a lot more products of this kind and not to distant future. It’s a flat screen monitor that can function as a virtual computer by connecting a keyboard and mouse. It allows us many as 11 users to share a single PC; it’s called the Smart Vine NSeries. A 19 model will cost $199 and work with Windows and Linux no Mac; LG says that the target market for this line of products is education and service environments. Sony plans to bit up its blue race strategy first the company announce a new DB live feature called Movie IQ. Starting this September users with the capable player will be strange IM DB like information about the movies such as directors and actors. The facts will come from Sony’s grace note and not IM DB. In addition the company is hoping to get more blue ray and more notebooks starting with the new Vaio NW Series. The computer starts at $870 with the blue ray player inside, that’s $799 without one. Apple is offering the $30 iTunes store credit to iPhone 3GS costumers who had travel with the activation. On Sunday the company started contacting costumer via email alerting them that they may experience up to two days delayed due to system issues and high activation volumes. This is highly reminiscing of last years in store activation process which overload at AT&T server for hours. Also if you are trigger happy like me a pre ordered the 3GS before the company change its policy about subsidizing the phone price here what I did. I called 1800 on my iPhone yesterday and was told that the amount should adjust on my credit card as a bit broadcast is still has not but I will be patient for just a little longer before I blow up the costumer service line. When shopping on the internet consumers often search for reviews of product and services and while many of you will visit CNET for you information. Many of you will also scourer the net for blogs and personal reviews. What you may not know is that many bloggers have accepted free gifts like laptops, trips to Europe and even gift cards for there blog post. The Federal Trade Commission is hoping to rain in on that parade by making bloggers abide by the same rules that most journalist have to abide by which is for discloser. The blogging community is obviously open arms about this, they worry that in an accused has post could trigger an FTC investigation. What do you think, should the FTC be able to pursue the bloggers fear or do you consumers rights jumped for speech. Right in at loaded at cnet.com. Those are your headlines for today but I was seeing you tomorrow with more thank you for watching. I’m Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you’ve just been loaded.