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Barnes & Noble E-Book Store Yields Prosaic Results

Today's column evaluates Barnes and Noble's new e-book store. This may not surprise anybody, given my history with these things, but I find it somewhat wanting. Its software -- you can see the Windows version at right, the iPhone release below -- fails to recreate the paper-reading experience as well...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 24, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Yahoo Redesigns Home Page; Does It Matter?

Yahoo took the wraps off a redesigned homepage yesterday. At first glance, it looks a lot like the old one. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company's previous Web facade (as seen in the top image at right) remains the default design at yahoo.com. It consists of the Yahoo logo above a small...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 22, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Kindle Gets Company With Barnes & Noble E-Book Store

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced a new electronic-book store, calling it the "world's largest eBookstore." Barnes & Noble comes to the e-book party after Amazon, which launched its Kindle Store back in November of 2007 and shipped its third Kindle e-book reader, the larger Kindle DX, last month. Against Amazon's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 21, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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PostPoints tip: Shorten Web addresses wisely

It's easy to paste a Web address into an e-mail or instant message, but lengthy addresses can spill onto a second line--which may stop the link from working at all. I've written before about using Web-shortcut sites like TinyURL.com or (my own favorite) bit.ly to get around this problem, but...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 21, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Web Looks Back on Apollo 11

One of the privileges of this job is the chance to see things once confined to science fiction become fact. A pocket-sized device that carries all the music you own? A display in your car that shows your location and what roads to take to your destination? A television thin...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 20, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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