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Faster Forward: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

(Some) Analog TV Broadcasts Died This Week

As midnight arrived Tuesday night, analog television broadcasting ended on Baltimore's CW affiliate WNUV much as any other night of programming might have concluded: with a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by a test pattern. But a few moments afterward, an all-about-digital-TV infomercial kicked in, counseling viewers that "if...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 20, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  TV  
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Facebook Faces Privacy Fears

Reading two things in particular got the wheels turning in my head about Facebook's terms of service controversy, leading both to yesterday's blog post and today's column. (Well, actually, another significant factor in the column's genesis was my editor asking me to set aside the piece I'd been working on...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 19, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , Privacy  
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Facebook Retreats on Terms of Service

After a long weekend of increasingly bitter reaction to recent revisions of its "terms of service," Facebook hit the Undo button on the changes late last night. It reinstated the previous terms and said it would take some time to hear its users. Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly e-mailed...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 18, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The Web  
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Microsoft Unveils New Windows Mobile Software

Yesterday, Microsoft debuted a dramatically revised version of its Windows Mobile operating system. Microsoft's new software, announced by chairman Steve Ballmer at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, features a simpler interface, over-the-air synchronization, and a tap-to-install application catalog. This looks like a dramatic change from the current...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 17, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom , Windows  
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PostPoints tip: Rescan for digital TV channels today

The government recently pushed back the scheduled end for almost all analog television broadcasts from today to June 12, but stations can still turn off their analog transmissions today if they want to. Hundreds of them plan to do so, including a few smaller broadcasters in the Washington area and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 17, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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