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Faster Forward: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

With The Pre, Palm Reboots Itself

My first hint that Palm might be up to something that would rescue itself from a deserved oblivion came during a chat with an Apple developer at Macworld Expo in 2007; my source mentioned that Palm had hired away a bunch of smart people from Apple who probably hadn't left...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 12, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Microsoft To Run Out Of Money (The Program, That Is)

One of the oldest two-program rivalries in the personal-computing business ended yesterday when Microsoft announced that it would stop selling its Money Plus line of personal-finance applications after June 30. With banks, brokerage firms and Web sites now providing a range of options for managing personal finances, the consumer need...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 11, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Productivity  
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Get Your Facebook Usernames Here!

If all the status updates, photos, links, notes, quizzes and games you've added to your Facebook profile don't adequately reflect the awesomeness that is you, just wait until this weekend. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, you'll be able to choose a username and convert your Facebook profile's Web...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 10, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Browser Bits: Safari 4 Exits Beta, Firefox 3.5 Near Release

Apple made a lot of news yesterday, but only one of the new products announced yesterday was immediately available for use after its keynote: Safari 4, the latest version of the browser it first shipped on the Mac and then released for Windows a few years ago. The final release...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 9, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  The Web  
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PostPoints tip: Prune your Facebook news feed

The Facebook social-networking site can be a wonderful thing, but there's such a thing as too much of it. That's especially true when it comes to the "news feed"--the stream of updates about your friends' Facebook activity that fills the site's home page--if too many of your pals spend their...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 9, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Apple's Updates: Cheaper Laptops, A Mac OS X Upgrade, New iPhone Software And Hardware

Apple opened its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this morning by introducing a round of updates to its laptop, operating-system and mobile-phone product lines. (My thanks to the liveblogs at Gizmodo and Engadget, plus everybody Twittering away about the news, for relaying the keynote as it happened.) A set of Apple...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 8, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mac  
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