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Facebook Readies (Yet Another) Home-Page Facelift

The paint has barely cured on Facebook's new home-page design. But as users continue to gripe about the new look's rearrangement of many popular features, the popular social-networking site says it will adjust the way its home page looks and works. In a "Responding to Your Feedback" blog post, product...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 27, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gripes , The Web  
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Can Web Ads Add Up For Readers, Not Just Advertisers?

Like many of you, I've gotten too much practice at clicking the "close" button on Web ads that try to seize my attention by popping up, popping under or pushing down. Unlike many of you, my livelihood partially depends on how many Web ads people do notice and, to some...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 26, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Web , The business we have chosen  
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HD Radio Backers Claim Progress

This morning, a group of broadcasters called the HD Digital Radio Alliance announced that this promising but perennially underachieving technology has reached two "milestones": 1,000 FM stations now broadcast a digital-only "HD2" channel, and 100 different HD Radio models are now on sale. The 1,000-stations achievement is worth touting. For...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 25, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Gadgets , Music  
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The Curtain Falls On Windows Vista's "SideShow"

Windows Vista hasn't exactly vaulted its way to the top of the personal-computing business -- it only secured a 30 percent share of the market last week, as measured by one Web-statistics firm -- but one of that operating system's more-hyped components already looks close to dead. That would be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 24, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Windows  
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PostPoints tip: Old cables and chargers still have value

When an old camera or phone dies, you're often stuck with a proprietary battery charger or cradle and data cable that won't work with your next model. But that doesn't mean you have to toss those old accessories. Try re-selling them instead: Odds are, somebody out there either lost the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 24, 2009; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Upgrading Transit's Interface: Metro Releases Google Transit Data

This morning, Metro's Web site has a new page with a title not normally seen on the online presences of transit agencies: "Developer Resources." That page offers a download of Metro's bus and rail schedules in Google Transit Feed Specification format, ready for any developer to download and reuse in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 23, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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