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

Tax-prep software vendors look for a lock-in

It is no exaggeration to say that I hate the tax code with the fire of a thousand suns. Its complexity imposes hours of unpaid work on any citizen with a moderately complex financial situation. Its varying treatment of different kinds of income distorts the economy -- except when small-bore...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 12, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Gripes , Policy and politics  
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The MPAA says the movie business is great. Unless it's lousy.

The Motion Picture Association of America issued its annual report on the movie business yesterday -- and to hear the MPAA say it, things have never been better for Hollywood. In a press release (PDF), the District-based trade group touted the findings of its Theatrical Market Statistics Report: ... global...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 11, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Policy and politics , Video  
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Google adds bicycle directions to Google Maps

Google Maps started life in 2005 offering directions for drivers, added transit routes in 2007, expanded to pedestrian navigation in 2008 -- and now it covers bicycles, too. The popular mapping site's introduction of bike directions follows a couple of years of grass-roots lobbying that led the Mountain View, Calif.,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Location awareness , Search , The Web  
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Apple continues App Store pruning as developer agreement emerges

It's been a confusing few weeks for developers of software for Apple's iPhone. First Apple purged the iPhone's App Store of "naughty" and "sexy" applications that offered users more than a peek at female bodies--or, presumably, male bodies, though somehow we never hear about those apps. (Note that the App...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 9, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile  
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PostPoints tip: Depart from default invitations

The big social-networking sites make it easy to invite friends to join in the festivities, but if you don't take a moment to tweak their standard invitations you'll be doing so in an uncreative, unhelpful way. At Facebook, the default text for a friend request is--well, nothing. Include a message...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 9, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Cablevision-ABC standoff ends, TV-hostage risks remain

Cablevision subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut got WABC back just in time to watch the Oscars last night. But the cease-fire in the argument over how much the cable operator should pay for the right to retransmit the Walt Disney Co.-owned station's programming came way too late...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 8, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Policy and politics , TV  
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