On the Radar: Van der Sloot charges, Google notebooks, hockey final
Joran van der Sloot is suspected in the death of Stephany Flores in Peru.
June 15th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

On the Radar: Van der Sloot charges, Google notebooks, hockey final

Three things you need to know today.

Van der Sloot case: Formal charges against Joran Van der Sloot, who is suspected of killing a woman in a Peruvian hotel, could be filed on Wednesday.

Van der Sloot and his new private defense attorney were in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. The hearing was held behind closed doors at the Castro Castro prison outside of Lima. No cameras were allowed.

The hearing was postponed last week because Van der Sloot did not have legal representation.

Van der Sloot was once the prime suspect in the disappearance in Aruba of American teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished at age 18 while on a graduation trip. He was arrested twice but never charged in connection with her disappearance.

He was arrested in May 2010 following the death of Stephany Flores in Peru.

Once charges are filed against him, a three-judge panel will set the date for an oral trial to begin.

Google notebooks: Notebook computers running Google's new operating system, called Chrome OS, come out on Wednesday.

The new operating system is based on Google's Chrome Web browser but adds some extra features for connecting digital cameras and offline usage. Google says 160 million people actively browse the Web using Chrome, up from 70 million a year ago.

Because the laptop runs on a stripped-down system, first-time setup takes three minutes, and the computers boot up in 8 seconds, Sundar Pichai, an executive for the Chrome group, said during a presentation on the system last month.

The notebooks will run Web-based apps and store files in the cloud instead of on a hard drive. "Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files," Google said in a blog post announcing the computers.

Samsung Electronics will sell a version with a 12.1-inch screen and Wi-Fi for $429, and another model with Verizon Wireless 3G connectivity for $499. Acer will also make a Chromebook with prices as low as $349.

Stanley Cup final: The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins square off for the seventh and final game to determine the winner of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.

The home team has won each of the previous six games. Wednesday night's Game 7 is in Vancouver, British Columbia.

SI.com's Stu Hackel looks back at the series and what to expect tonight.

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Filed under: Crime • Google • Hockey • Joran van der Sloot • NHL • Peru • Sports • Technology
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dilrod

    Hockey! Yay.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dilrod

    Google Chrome stores your files in "the cloud", not on your hard drive. What happens when it rains?

    June 15, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • SG

      your data / files go down the storm drains...

      June 15, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dilrod

    If Boston wins, my Bobby Orr bangs will be back in style. Watch out ladies.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Go bruins go tim thomas from davison michigan where hockey and the detroit tigers rule might i add first place detroit tigers

    June 15, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. JohnD

    Yikes... Hockey is still going on?

    June 15, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. StIves

    Van deer Sloot........won't make it another year. He must understand that its over!

    June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. mommajam

    He doesn't have that smart*ss look on his face anymore.....

    June 15, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • mommajam

      Oh, Hockey... being from Canada I hope Vancouver wins, but interestingly, there are more Canucks on the Boston team! Should be a great game.

      June 15, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz The Queen Of Snot

    I am the daughter of Arnold. With that line I can pick up any man. He he.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. wow

    Could be charged today?! That was fast!

    June 15, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Why is it i post something and they dont put it up so i post the same thing and then they put up both makes me look dumb

    June 15, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      It happens to everybody so you dont look "dumb". If your comment is not posted inmediately, wait before reposting, some times it takes few minutes.

      June 15, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    Van der Snot is history. Hope he gets life in the general population -will not last a week

    June 15, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    James Van Der Beak's deranged cousin, Van Der Sloot, the caribbean nitemare killer, is recorded as saying, "What is better than one Castro? Two Castro's!"

    June 15, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Van der Sloot Rising

    Hi.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pleo

    So, the ChromeBooks cost more than a full featured laptop from Dell, but have half the features. I was honestly expecting the price of these things to be in the $250 range or so, given their limited capabilities. Don't think I will be buying one at those prices. Not paying $499 for a half-featured notebook.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. FRAN

    This guy needs to fry already!

    June 15, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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