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Faster Forward: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Feds Fix Digital-TV Coupon Site

You should now be able to request a $40 digital-TV converter box coupon at dtv2009.gov without running into any security errors. This morning, Todd Sedmak, the communications director for the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, e-mailed me to say that the configuration flaw I noted in Sunday's Help...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 11, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Video  
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Feedback, And Pushback, On eBay's Feedback Changes

This morning's column started in early February when I wrote a quick blog post about some policy changes afoot at eBay. Given the inside-baseball nature of the topic, I figured the post would get at most 20 comments. After the first 300 showed up, I began to rethink the story's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 10, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  The Web  
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Mail Manners: A Question Of Quoting

Several days ago, a reader asked about one of the most divisive subjects in Internet culture today--a topic that can set even old friends on edge, should they disagree about it. I'm not talking about Mac versus PC, the iPod versus other MP3 players, cable versus satellite or any of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 9, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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A New View on Mac Security

Two weeks ago, the CanSecWest computer-security conference staged a simple contest for would-be hackers: Be the first to break into any one of three up-to-date laptops--one running Ubuntu Linux 7.10, one running Windows Vista Ultimate, one running Mac OS X 10.5.2--by exploiting a new software vulnerability, and you can take...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 8, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mac  
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Microsoft and Yahoo's Courtship Continues

Another Monday, another round of stories about how this deal is still up in the air somewhere. The latest developments: On Saturday, Microsoft sent a letter to Yahoo's board of directors, telling them to take the offer on the table in the next three weeks or be prepared to get...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 7, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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