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Faster Forward: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Comcast + NBC = What?

Yesterday morning, Comcast staged a conference call for the press to announce its plans for its pending takeover of NBC Universal. But something went awry with the call; instead of the usual recitation of achievements and goals, the reporters on the line heard 10 minutes or so of awkward silence,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 4, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Policy and politics , TV , Video  
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Following up: A month with Verizon's Droid

Since I reviewed Verizon Wireless's Droid -- its first phone to run Google's Android software -- in early November, I've been getting a steady stream of questions about it. Fortunately, the folks in Verizon PR haven't made me give the loaner phone back yet, so I've been able to keep...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 3, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Feedback , Gadgets  
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Facebook hits 350 million users, readies privacy revamp

Everybody's favorite time-suck cult exercise in collective narcissism social network is getting even bigger -- and trying to make itself simpler. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted an "open letter" on the site's blog last night, announcing that it now had more than 350 million users and previewing some changes to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 2, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Web  
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Comcast-NBC merger nears, questions begin

Comcast is set to launch a massive merger with NBC Universal after NBC's minority owner, French conglomerate Vivendi, worked out a deal to unload its 20 percent stake in the company. Vivendi's agreement to sell that chunk of NBC Universal -- itself the product of previous media mergers -- for...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 1, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Policy and politics , TV , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Use social networks to update--or replace--contacts lists

The time is coming soon to send out holiday cards and e-mails--if you're more coordinated than me, that time has already arrived--and so you're probably wondering if you have correct contact info for your friends. This is one area where social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn can provide some legitimate...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 1, 2009; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Another tech holiday shopping season begins

If a series of post-prandial naps or a prolonged recovery from hellish holiday traffic have kept you from our site or yesterday's print edition, our annual tech-shopping guide appeared yesterday. My part of this was a series of how-to-buy columns that covered computers; still and video cameras; smartphones; HDTVs, DVD...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 30, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gadgets , Tips  
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