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Faster Forward: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Foursquare: Social media as cooperative game

Full disclosure: I've been thinking about covering Foursquare for a while, but it wasn't until the lede of today's column popped into my head that I realized I'd have to figure out what sort of column to write after that first sentence. Journalists sometimes work that way. Before writing the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 26, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Social media  
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Intuit ships new version of Quicken for Mac

That's one of those headlines that a lot of people never expected to see, on the order of "Nationals win pennant" or "Metro extension to Dulles opens." Intuit last shipped a new version of its Quicken personal-finances manager for Apple's Mac OS X in the summer of 2006 -- but...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 25, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Mac , Productivity  
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Yahoo adds Twitter integration ... so, it seems, does everybody else

Yahoo announced plans to integrate Twitter's status updates with its own sites and services--making it only the latest company to try to leverage the rapidly increasing popularity of that real-time "microblogging" site. Yahoo's Twitter objectives, as outlined in a press release and blog post, begin with adding real-time Twitter results...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 24, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , Social media  
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FCC broadband study suggests users don't know about broadband choices

The Federal Communications Commission released a survey today that confirmed one thing most of you might have guessed -- people wish high-speed Internet access were cheaper -- and also suggested that many of these would-be adopters have an exaggerated sense of what broadband costs. As my colleague Cecilia Kang summarized...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 23, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Policy and politics , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: "SEO" explains why Web headlines can seem boring

Ever notice that a Post story will carry a different headline online than in print, and that its Web headline may lack the zing of its paper counterpart? That's because we, like many other publications, want to help search engines to find our stories, and one way to do so...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 23, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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My incredible shrinking address book

Last week, I was looking up a friend's contact information in my computer's address-book program, noticed the name after his and thought, "When's the last time I ever heard anything from this person?" A search of my e-mail confirmed that the answer was somewhere between "three years" and "never," after...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 22, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Digital culture , Social media  
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