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Faster Forward: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

ACTA puts digital rights on the table, locks the public out of the room

For the more than 10 years I've been writing this column, I keep coming back to copyright-policy issues, and not just because I work in Washington. Laws and court decisions constrain the hardware, software and services we buy -- this was a subject of one of my first copyright-overreach rants,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 13, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Studios could provide new movies later to Netflix and Redbox, earlier to "protected" digital cable

A new proposal from some major movie studios intended to increase sales of DVDs would push back the availability of new DVD releases for Netflix subscribers and Redbox customers. As a story from the trade journal Video Business explains, the idea is to hold back new releases from these companies...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 12, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Video  
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A quick read on Amazon's Kindle for PC software

Amazon turned a page in its electronic-book story yesterday with the overdue release of a program to read Kindle e-books on some regular computers, without first having to buy one of the Seattle retailer's $259-and-up Kindle e-reader tablets. The new Kindle for PC software -- a free download for Windows...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 11, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  E-books  
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Apple ships second major patch for Snow Leopard

Yesterday afternoon, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.2, its second maintenance update to the Snow Leopard operating system it shipped in late August. Like most of Apple's decimal-point updates, this large download -- 157.7 megabytes -- installed without any problems, but didn't offer any obvious improvements either. If you haven't...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 10, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mac  
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PostPoints tip: iPhoto's hidden compare-pictures feature

Apple's iPhoto picture editing/organizing application offers a helpful feature--a side-by-side comparison of any two photos in the same album--but you might not know it exists. In its standard mode, select two pictures, then click the Edit button at the bottom of the window. In its full-screen mode (accessible by selecting...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 10, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Firefox turns five

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (watching that happen on TV remains one of my favorite memories from college). But Nov. 9 also marks the anniversary of a different sort of opening--five years ago, a Web browser called Mozilla Firefox began chipping away at...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 9, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Web  
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Facebook game offers slammed as scams

Those weird games that half your friends on Facebook can't seem to leave alone might be more than a harmless waste of time. In a series of blog posts over the past two weeks, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has attacked the developers of these games for deceptive in-game ads that...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 9, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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