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Verizon Slashes Usenet Access; Users Actually Notice

Last week, we covered Verizon's agreement, with other Internet providers, to stop providing access to Usenet newsgroups carrying child pornography. This week, details about how Verizon will do that emerged. The broadband provider, one of the two biggest services in the Washington area, will not just drop the relatively small...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 20, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Firefox Turns 3

It wasn't until I'd finished today's review of Mozilla Firefox 3 that I realized one of my favorite features could help me not just personally, but professionally. That would be its smart auto-complete function, which remembers not just pages' addresses but also their titles. As the author of a blog...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 19, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Web  
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MySpace's New Look Seems the Same Old Mess

MySpace is sporting a new look today, as my colleague Mike Musgrove notes in his story. It's drawing some early, if limited praise; TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld writes that the redesign "shows that MySpace can clean up its act without giving up the ability for every member to customize their MySpace...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 18, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Remembrance of Things Password

As I was working on last week's review, I had to test those two HP laptops on an old wireless network at the Post's offices "secured" with a 26-character WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) key. Being 26 characters long, and being stored in hexadecimal notation (the numbers 0 through 9 and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 17, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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FCC To Clear Sirius-XM Merger For Liftoff

With today's news that Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin will vote to approve the merger of the XM and Sirius satellite-radio companies, it looks like we're officially near the end of competition in this corner of the radio realm. I thought this combination was a bad idea when it...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 16, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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