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Faster Forward: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths: Tread Carefully

Today's column isn't my review of Microsoft's Windows 7, but it's a necessary precursor. Unless you'll buy a brand-new PC to get Windows Vista's replacement, you first need some idea of how easy it might be to install this on your own PC. As you can read in the piece,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 14, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Windows  
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DVD-Copying Tools Lose in Court, Flourish in Real Life

Over the past two days, two different commercial DVD-copying programs have gotten shot down by court rulings. Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel barred Seattle-based RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD program. And yesterday, a California appeals court reversed an earlier ruling that allowed Kaleidescape to sell its home...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 13, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Digital culture , Video  
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Facebook Soups Up Search

Everybody's favorite waste of time is adding a new source of distraction: Facebook is upgrading its search tool to find far more of the content generated by the sprawling social network's 250-million-plus users. The new search, as outlined in this post on Facebook's blog, encompasses not just the massive social...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 12, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Roku Player Brings MLB.TV to the TV

Baseball fans have a new way to watch out-of-town games without padding out their cable or satellite TV bill: Early this morning, Roku added Major League Baseball's MLB.TV Premium Internet video service to its Digital Video Player. That marks a big step up for Roku's $99.99 box. As a movie-viewing...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 11, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Video  
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PostPoints tip: Don't buy cables in stores

You can come up with fair arguments to shop for electronics gear in physical stores or on the Web; real-world merchants let you inspect the merchandise firsthand and provide near-instant gratification, while online retailers typically offer better prices. But it's hard to conjure up a reason to buy audio, video...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 11, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Link-Shortener Tr.im Sees Its Life Cut Short

A somewhat popular Web-address-shortening service is closing. Tr.im announced on its home page yesterday that it would shut down by the end of the year, explaining that its business model had evaporated: There is no way for us to monetize URL shortening -- users won't pay for it -- and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 10, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Web  
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