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How Social Networks Can Be a Friend to Viruses

There are some unavoidable risks associated with spending time on social-networking sites. Some friends can't stop themselves from oversharing the details of their lives, whether drunk or sober. Some will get sucked into the random games you can add to a Facebook profile and then keep suggesting you do the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 10, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Google Announces "Chrome" Operating System

Google calls the new Web-centric, laptop operating system it announced last night "Chrome OS," but the company could just as well have titled this software "Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's Revenge." Jackson, you may recall, presided over much of United States. v. Microsoft, the antitrust case in which Microsoft was found...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 8, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  The Web , The business we have chosen  
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Web Radio Royalties Resolved*

Our long national Web-radio nightmare is over--sort of, at least for the next five years or so. Yesterday, representatives of the recording and Web-radio industries announced an agreement on a lower set of royalties that Webcasters would pay to musicians and record labels for the use of their recordings. Instead...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 8, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Music  
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Gmail, Other Google Apps Escape Beta Status

If you have a Gmail account and you haven't checked it yet today, log in and see if anything on that site looks different. Notice anything missing? Do you feel a vague sense of absence when you gaze over your inbox? That's right: The "beta" subtitle that has graced the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 7, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Digital culture , E-mail  
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PostPoints tip: Assessing an eBay free-listings offer

In mid June, eBay began waiving its usual insertion fees for the first five auctions posted each month. This offer sounds like a good deal, especially given its relative absence of restrictions: The deal only excludes listings posted through third-party software, video-game systems and "items with a Start/Buy It Now/Reserve...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 7, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Following Up On Firefox 3.5, Safari 4 and Chrome 2

Yesterday's review of three Web browsers--Mozilla Firefox 3.5, Apple's Safari 4 and Google's Chrome 2--didn't mark a huge departure from my recent history of browser reviews. I still like Firefox best overall, I still think Safari is a good fit on a Mac but not elsewhere, and I still think...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 6, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  The Web  
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