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Faster Forward: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Social networks in the snowpocalypse

Let me start by admitting this upfront: I love snow. You can file me under the same lunatic-fringe category as Joel Achenbach: I love the way a steady snowfall hushes the surroundings and a blanket of fresh powder makes any place look better, and this never gets old. In particular,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 12, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture , Social media  
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Thoughts on trying out Google Buzz

Since posting my lengthy write-up of the launch of Google's new Google Buzz social-networking/info-sharing/friend-following service, I've started tiptoeing into it. As I suspected, Google didn't suggest many other Buzz users at first, thanks to my using Gmail as an inbox for commercial messages. In comparison, my wife uses Gmail as...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 11, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media  
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Taking better photos of our snowy landscape

So it's snowing in the D.C. area. Again. As I type this -- with power miraculously still on -- the wind has yet to escalate to white-out conditions, but the bits of pavement, shrubs and earth that had begun to creep out from under this weekend's accumulation have once again...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 10, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Pictures , Tips  
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Google adds Google Buzz: Location-aware social networking

Google launched its latest bid for info-ubiquity, a sweeping social-networking service called Google Buzz built on its Gmail service. Buzz incorporates functions already offered by such popular sites as Twitter, Facebook, Yelp and FourSquare -- among many others. In an hour-long event at Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters webcast on...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  E-mail , Privacy , Social media  
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Facebook rolling out yet another home-page redesign

Have you finally made your peace with the new home-page design Facebook launched in October? Good -- the social network is now replacing it. The new design attempts to simplify navigating to and finding a few commonly used features on the ever-expanding site, which recently collected its 400 millionth user:...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Social media , The Web  
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PostPoints tips: Three good gadgets for blizzards

Last weekend's snowstorm left more than 200,000 homes without power, but three items helped some snowbound residents get through those outages--and are worth obtaining before the next bout of adverse weather. The first is a smartphone that can display full-sized Web pages and get your e-mail, such as an iPhone,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Google leads this year's Super Bowl tech-ads parade

Does Google need to buy an ad anywhere, much less in the Super Bowl? Apparently, it does -- as you would have learned from watching the game last night. The search giant's nearly wordless, one-minute ad -- an embed of the video is after the jump, if you somehow haven't...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 8, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Fixes and a free replacement for snow-interrupted satellite TV

Satellite-TV reception can suffer from what's "rain fade" and "snow fade"--when precipitation in the air degrades the signal. But many satellite subscribers have suffered a different sort of snow fade during this weekend's epic blizzard: snow piling up right on the dish. Which can be a big problem with the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 7, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV , Tips  
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