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Faster Forward: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Microsoft Reveals Windows 7

Earlier this week, Microsoft provided the first extensive preview of Windows 7 -- the successor to Windows Vista that may ship in early 2010 -- at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. At this gathering for programmers, the company gave attendees a "pre-beta" release of this operating system and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 31, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Windows  
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Baby Got Backup

Today's column is not going to curb my reputation for grumpiness. I set out to find one cheap (or free), simple and reliable Windows backup application that I could enthusiastically recommend to all the readers who keep asking for advice on what to do, but I couldn't do it. Only...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Gripes , Mac , Windows  
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A Newspaper Loses the Paper

Something a lot of people have predicted is coming to pass -- a major American newspaper is going to end its print edition and make the Web almost its sole outlet. The Christian Science Monitor announced yesterday that it would end its daily print publication in April. The, um, paper...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 29, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web , The business we have chosen  
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Google Settles Book-Scanning Lawsuit

Google's quest to assimilate the sum of human knowledge took a major step forward today when it settled two lawsuits filed by authors and book publishers who sought to stop its Book Search Library Project. The plaintiffs--led by two trade groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers--wanted...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 28, 2008; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Smarter Phones Leave No Escape From the Web

Over a few weekends this month, I've conducted a little experiment on my own time to answer one question: How well can I keep up with my usual online pursuits using just an Internet-connected smartphone instead of a laptop or desktop computer? I can sum up my findings in three...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 27, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gadgets , The Web  
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