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Mid-May Miscellaneous Updates

Some smaller news items--all of which concern recent subjects of my column and blog--that didn't earn their way into a separate blog post over the last few weeks: * Cable-modem provider Comcast got in a lot of hot water last year when people discovered that it sometimes blocks the popular...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 16, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Windows XP's Afterlife

When Windows Vista shipped more than 15 months ago, I really thought I was through writing about Windows XP. Having written dozens of stories about XP by then, I had no problem with waving goodbye to the topic. And yet here I am, writing yet again about an operating system...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 15, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Windows  
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Philadelphia's WiFi Network Shutting Down

One of the country's biggest experiment in citywide wireless Internet broadband has officially failed: On June 12, EarthLink will shut down the municipal WiFi network it had built across much of Philadelphia, then unbolt its transmitters from streetlights and ship them away. The Atlanta-based Internet provider gave notice to the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 14, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Apple Adds HBO Shows To the iTunes Store

HBO is finally starting to recognize the Internet as one of the ways people watch TV. Three months after inviting viewers to watch its series "In Treatment" for free on its Web site, it has begun selling copies of some of its shows on Apple's iTunes Store. Unfortunately, it's doing...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 13, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Video  
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Social-Networking Sites And Multiple-Personality Disorder

If you spend enough time at any one social-networking site, you're likely to find that some of your friends may have chosen to take up residence on a different social network, while work colleagues can be found at a third and neighbors at yet another. If you're going to keep...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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