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Faster Forward: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Apple's iPad: First impressions

A bit more than two months after its splashy product introduction, weeks after the start of an absurd excess of media coverage, and hours after particularly dedicated shoppers began waiting in lines outside stores, Apple's iPad is a $499-and-up product you can pick up in a store, plug in and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 3, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  E-books , Gadgets , Mobile  
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Facebook walks into a privacy problem

I've never assumed people have complete privacy on Facebook -- if you post something sufficiently funny, stupid or salacious, people will talk about it and take screen shots of it. (And if you happen to be a published writer with a moderate level of name recognition, the local media-gossip blog...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 2, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media  
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Warning: People can make up stuff on the Internet

There are some weird sights on the Web this morning. Over at Google, a different six-letter sequence graces its home page: "Topeka." A post on the company's blog explains that Google has changed its name to "Topeka" to the city in Kansas. Topeka temporarily renamed itself "Google" to express its...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 1, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Get ready for the 3-D TV sales pitch

Don't look now, but the 3-D-TV marketing machine just blinked on and is now whirring to life. Those enormous high-definition sets were pre-production models without price tags at the Consumer Electronics Show less than four months ago, but now they're showing up in stores. Best Buy's site, for instance, lists...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 31, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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The iPhone probably isn't coming to Verizon just yet

Here we go again: Somebody runs a story based on unnamed, third-party sources saying that Apple might ship a version of its iPhone compatible with Verizon Wireless--which in Internet retelling, becomes "iPhone coming to Verizon!"--which then leads to glum disappointment six months later when the iPhone is still available only...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 30, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Mobile  
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PostPoints tip: Square away profile pictures

A lot of Web sites (ours included) now invite their users to post profile pictures to adorn their accounts. But if you upload a photo that doesn't meet their size recommendations, they may not cope well. You could find that your profile photo has been crudely squashed or widened to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 30, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Facebook privacy changes would share user data with other sites

On Friday afternoon, Facebook announced a set of proposed changes to its privacy policy that could allow the popular social network to share more of its users' data with other sites without first getting their approval. The move builds on the Palo Alto, Calif., company's December revision of its privacy...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 29, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media  
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