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Faster Forward: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Shopping for Shopping Search Engines

At this point, I have a difficult time imagining that I once had to make major purchases without knowing what dozens of different retailers charged for a given product. The Web's price-finding search engines have spoiled me rotten in that respect -- even if the quest for perfect knowledge about...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 18, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Web  
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Apple Renews, But Doesn't Reinvent, the iPhone

If you look at the review I wrote of the first iPhone, you'll see that my biggest complaint about it was its closed nature--that you were stuck running only the programs Apple shipped with it. It's now a year later, and the new iPhone 3G can run hundreds of third-party...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 17, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Apple Apologizes For MobileMe

Earlier today, Apple sent an e-mail to users of MobileMe, the $99/year e-mail/calendar/contacts/photo-album service that replaced its earlier .Mac offering. It was not the usual bland "thank you for your support" communication you might expect after a new site's launch: We have recently completed the transition from .Mac to MobileMe....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 16, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Mac  
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Well, Duh: Viacom Backs Off On YouTube Records

Not even two weeks after a federal court ruling that would have handed over gigabytes of data about the viewing habits of YouTube users to Viacom, that entertainment conglomerate decided to allow YouTube to strip out personal data from these records. Google subsidiary YouTube posted a note about this deal...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 15, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gripes  
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iPhone 3G First Impressions

Now that we're through with Friday's iPhone 3G feeding frenzy--and the subsequent meltdown of Apple's servers that temporarily turned many newly-purchased iPhones into "iBricks" usable only for calls to 911, it's time for an initial assessment of the second generation of this smartphone. My own $.02 worth: The new iPhone...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 14, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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