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Faster Forward: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Electronic Voting Follies Continue

The District of Columbia has witnessed yet another triumph of electronic voting this week, when a computer malfunction inflated records of write-in votes in the city's Tuesday primary elections by insane amounts: D.C. election officials blamed a defective computer memory cartridge yesterday for producing what appeared to be thousands of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 12, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gripes  
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More Choice For the Web: Microsoft's IE 8 and Google's Chrome

Anybody remember when we had this many Web browsers to choose from on our desktops? Seven years ago people were pretty much limited to Microsoft's already-aging Internet Explorer or the far-more-antiquated Netscape. But by the start of this year, you could pick from Mozilla Firefox, a rejuvenated IE, Apple's Safari...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 11, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  The Web  
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Apple Remixes the iPod and iTunes

Attention, readers who have been asking if it's the right time to buy a new iPod: It now is. Yesterday Apple updated its line of media players, as Mike Musgrove outlines in today's story. For my taste, the upgraded iPod nano -- available in a choice of nine colors at...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 10, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mac , Music  
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News Flash: Not Every Story On the Web Is True

Today's front page has a great tick-tock by my colleague Frank Ahrens about how a six-year-old wire-service story briefly sent United Airlines' stock into the toilet yesterday morning. It's both amusing--"look at those Wall Street lemmings sprinting off the cliff!"--and slightly alarming. As the piece explains, it started with an...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 9, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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How Do You Read User Reviews?

If you're going someplace where you don't live and know few people, you'll have to rely on the opinion of strangers. Simple enough -- but which strangers? This is something I've been mulling over since getting back from last week's vacation. More so than on any earlier trip, I relied...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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