Viral Spin: Google Phone, Cloak Of Secrecy

Host Andrea Seabrook takes a look at what's hot in Internet land this week.

ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Time for a rundown of some of the stories bubbling just off the main burner -the viral move burning up the Internet.

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SEABROOK: Remember the breathless rumors of a Google phone? Well, those dreams are finally coming true in the form of the T-Mobile Dream. It'll be the first cell phone to run on android, the software platform Google built. It's set to come out this fall. The truly viral part of this news is the shaky YouTube clip showing a phone said to be the Dream. The top tech blogs, though, say the Dream might not be so dreamy. It's reported to be a little heavy, little clunky. Not quite a sleek answer to Apple's iPhone.

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SEABROOK: Now, imagine if your boss came to you and demanded that you stop talking to people outside your company. No, not just talking to them about your work but about your thoughts, your ideas, your hobbies. That's what happened to Shigeru Miyamoto. He's a famous game developer for Nintendo. Get this: Miyamoto got deep into puzzles and Nintendo developed Brain Age, the killer brain training software. He then got into exercise and the Wii Fit was born. His whim is your next video game purchase, and Nintendo wants to make sure those whims aren't leaked.

So, according to the Times of London, the company banned him from talking about them.

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SEABROOK: And that's this week's viral news. In a few minutes, debate news. We'll discuss how to pull troops out of Iraq, dueling divas in La Boheme, and the granddaddy of them all: Lincoln versus Douglas.

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