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Faster Forward: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Dish's DTVPal DVR Puts Digital TV On The Record

One of the missing pieces in the we-swear-it's-almost-finished digital-TV transition has been recordability. While you've got plenty of options for viewing DTV broadcasts off the air, your options for recording those shows fall short. Yes, your cable, satellite or fiber-optic TV provider would be glad to rent you a DVR,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 24, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  TV  
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Google Gets Into the Public-Profile Business

Earlier this week, Google upgraded a little-known feature on its site -- the ability to set up a profile page with your name, photo, contact info, relevant links and any other tidbits you care to share (i.e., the same info every other social network wants you to provide). Instead of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 23, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web , The business we have chosen  
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Facebook Users Voting On New Terms of Service

Facebook is waiting to see the results of its experiment in user democracy: Six days ago, it invited its users to vote for or against two documents governing how the popular social-networking site operates, and the balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time tomorrow. I pretty much told Facebook to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 22, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Digital culture , The business we have chosen  
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Earth Day Tips For Cheapskates (AKA, Old-School Environmentalists)

If I didn't remember that today was Earth Day, all the press releases I've gotten from computing and electronics firms attesting to their green credentials would surely have reminded me. A sampling of today's headlines in my inbox: [Company] Reveals Use of Navigation Systems Has Positive Environmental Impact [Other Company]...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 22, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  The business we have chosen , Tips  
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Google's Timeline: a Graphical, Glitchy Take on the News

Yesterday afternoon, Google unveiled a new, experimental interface for its Google News site -- an interactive timeline view. Instead of the usual list of links provided on the standard Google News page, the timeline appears as a grid that you can scan through by dragging the cursor left, right up...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 21, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Web , The business we have chosen  
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PostPoints tip: What's the big deal about Twitter?

The "micro-blogging" site Twitter, which lets you share no-more-than-140-characters-long updates with designated friends or the Web at large, has been in the news a lot lately--such as when Oprah Winfrey began using it on Friday. Why the fuss? This free service has turned out to be a handy little communications...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 21, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oracle To Buy Sun, Putting Java Under New Management

You can pretty much write these stories off a template, Mad Libs style: In a move that promises to reshape the [noun] industry, [Company A] agreed to buy [Company B] for [really large number preceded by a dollar sign]. The move will bring a variety of [products and/or services] under...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Web , The business we have chosen  
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