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Faster Forward: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

The State of the Laptop, 2009: Progress Stalls Out

Every year around this time, I try to get a sense of the laptop market by test-driving sample machines loaned by a handful of manufacturers. Most of this research flows into my annual guide to laptop shopping--which you can read in today's column--but as the laptop increasingly becomes the default...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 31, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Computers  
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Landlord Torches Reputation With Twitter-Driven Lawsuit

By far the most entertaining tech story to go around the Web this week has been the tale of how a Chicago apartment-management firm sued a woman for incinerating its reputation by posting a Twitter update that almost nobody read. Seriously, you can't make this up. The story surfaced on...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Yahoo's Search Leads It To Microsoft

Adieu, Yahoo. Not the Web site or the company, but the search engine. Yahoo announced this morning that it had signed a 10-year agreement with Microsoft in which the two companies will combine their search and advertising efforts, each ceding much of one field to the other: In simple terms,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 29, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Web  
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Sprint Nextel Buying Virgin Mobile Prepaid Service

The world of prepaid wireless-phone services is getting a little smaller: Sprint Nextel announced this morning that it would buy Virgin Mobile USA for $483 million in stock. Sprint, of Overland Park, Kan., said it plans to market that Warren, N.J.-based firm's prepaid services alongside its existing Boost Mobile offering....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 28, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Check your batteries for a charge

Using a digital camera that takes rechargeable AA batteries means you can always buy a set of standard AAs in an emergency. But proper preparation can reduce the odds that you'll need to pay--more likely, overpay--for extra batteries while on vacation. First, make sure your rechargeables still hold a charge...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 28, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Palm, Apple Continue iTunes-Syncing Battle

Late Thursday, Palm released the 1.1 version of its Pre smartphone's WebOS operating system, and in so doing continued its thumb wrestling match with Apple over the Pre's ability to sync with Apple's iTunes software. Palm broke the news in a cheeky blog post that reused a favorite phrase of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 27, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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