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Yahoo Becomes Latest Site to Mute Music Purchases (Updated)

The e-mail Yahoo sent out yesterday to customers of its Yahoo Music online store could not have surprised anybody who's been following the music-download business lately. The beleaguered Sunnyvale, Calif., Web firm's music store is following the same score as earlier big-name failures like Sony Connect and MSN Music. It's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 25, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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Apple's MobileMe: The Medium is the Mess

Apple often does its best work when it buys every ingredient in the kitchen -- the computer, the software it runs, even the store you buy both products in. So maybe I should have expected MobileMe, the $99/year online service that replaces its .Mac offering, to have debuted in such...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 24, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Mac  
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Google Walks the Walk

Yesterday, Google added an overdue feature to its Google Maps site: the option to request walking as well as driving directions from one point to another. A blog post announcing this feature outlines its basic workings. You'll only be offered pedestrian pointers for routes shorter than 6.2 miles, and while...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 23, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Web  
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Your Opinions Requested: PC-Repair Services

The e-mail came from an old friend, but it could have been sent by any random reader -- a "Help, please!" subject header, followed by a litany of computing ailments and a request for suggestions about a good in-home repair service that could, in this case, troubleshoot an erratic monitor...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 22, 2008; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Tips  
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Twitter Status Update

Back in April, I began playing around with Twitter, a Web site that invites its users to post very brief notes--as in, 120140 characters or less, spaces included--for anybody to read. One of my initial motivations for this experiment was shallow and vain: All the cool kids were doing it,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 21, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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