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Amazon Takes a Long Lunch Hour

Amazon briefly debuted a new home page design earlier today. The Seattle-based Web retailer replaced its usual rich array of text and graphics with a white background and a single line of text that was almost profound in its elemental simplicity: Http/1.1 Service Unavailable I kid, of course. The renowned...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 6, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Web  
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What's Up Apple's Sleeve?

It's time, once again, to indulge in one of the Internet's favorite games: Guessing what Apple will announce at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. "WWDC" primarily serves as a forum for Mac programmers who come to San Francisco to learn about new and upcoming features in Apple's software. But WWDC...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 6, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Mac  
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Now Showing on the Netflix Player: Hollywood's Busted Business Model

Once again, I'm cranky about the state of movie downloads. For the third time just this year, I've found a promising product--in this case, Roku's Netflix Player--undercut by a crummy selection of movies to watch off the Internet. But why is that? To get a better picture of how fundamentally...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 5, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Video  
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Comcast, Time Warner Try Out Tiered Broadband

If you live in Warrenton, Va., Chambersburg, Pa., or Beaumont, Tex., you may soon face a different Internet experience. Cable-modem providers Comcast and Time Warner will be testing out new bandwidth limits that they say are meant to deter overuse of their connections. Cecilia Kang's story in today's Post describes...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 4, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Web Finance Follow-Up: Bailing Out

About two weeks ago, I reviewed three Web-based personal finance programs -- Mint, Quicken Online and Wesabe -- and noted in an accompanying blog post that the story was not complete. I'd have to close my account at each service to see how difficult that might be. Would I be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 3, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Review That Never Happened: Microsoft Office 2008

If only I'd had an extra week in January. Back then, I had been looking forward to reviewing Microsoft's then-new Office 2008 for Mac, the long-awaited successor to its Office 2004. (Long-awaited largely because it was the last must-have Mac program to be rewritten to run properly on the Intel...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mac  
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