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Faster Forward: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Netbooks and Windows 7 get off to a rough start

I'm sorry that I can't find a netbook I can solidly endorse. About a year after I tried out five of these cheap, ultralight models and found things to criticize in all of them, in today's column I hand out another "nice try" verdict. I will give this year's contenders...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Computers  
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Facebook's new default: Sharing updates with 'Everyone'

Facebook rolled out its expected privacy-policy revision yesterday, and it's more of a mess than I'd expected -- even considering the popular social network's past mistakes in that department. As my colleague Cecilia Kang wrote, the problem lies in one aspect of the privacy update: Facebook's recommended level of exposure...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 10, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Mozilla Thunderbird 3 finally lifts off the runway

An e-mail program that most people don't use just received an overdue update -- but it may still be a significant development if you care about the future of standalone mail programs. The application in question is the free, open-source Mozilla Thunderbird, a neglected sibling of the far more successful...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 9, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  E-mail  
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Google adds real-time search on the Web, 'Goggles' on Android

Yesterday, Google announced two new search tools that further expand its capabilities into the realm of scariness or science fiction, depending on how you view the company. One allows a real-time glimpse into what people are talking about on the Web; the other lets users of Android phones identify things...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 8, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gadgets , The Web  
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PostPoints tip: Shop savvier with an iPhone or Android device

You should know by now that you can check Web pricing on the go at such mobile-optimized sites as m.pricegrabber.com, but if you have an iPhone or a device running Google's Android software you should also try out a program called ShopSavvy (a free download in the App Store and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 8, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Yahoo adds ad-preferences manager

This morning, Yahoo launched a new page on its site that tells visitors just what it thinks of them. This "Ad Interest Manager" lists the data that the Sunnyvale, Calif., company has gathered about you for advertising purposes -- your perceived interests, your usage habits at Yahoo's own sites and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 7, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Privacy , The Web  
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