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Faster Forward: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

AP says write 'website,' not 'Web site'

Language nerds have been chatting all afternoon about a Twitter update from the Associated Press's APStylebook account--no, not the oft-quoted FakeAPStylebook--in which the news service revealed a change in its prose policy: Responding to reader input, we are changing Web site to website. This appears on Stylebook Online today and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 16, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Apple rejects Pulitzer winner's iPhone app because it 'ridicules public figures'

A Pulitzer Prize can win you a round of applause in a newsroom, but it won't necessarily get your application in Apple's App Store. Freelance artist Mark Fiore, winner of the 2010 prize for editorial cartooning and the first online-only recipient of a Pulitzer, found that out in December. This...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 16, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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Gmail adds drag-and-drop attachments

Google's free Gmail service rolled out a nifty shortcut today: the ability to drag a file into a new message from your desktop to attach it. That's how desktop mail programs have always done things, but Web-mail applications have traditionally required users to click an "attach" button and navigate to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 15, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  E-mail  
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You call it Tax Day, I call it Impenetrable Math Day

Once again, another April 15 is upon us. Oh joy. It's not the money I owe to the government (this time around, we're getting a refund) that bothers me about filing my taxes. It's that I have no idea of the math that yielded that final number -- much less...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 15, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Internet firms, telcos, politicians ask, 'What next?' as net-neutrality debate reboots

The dreadfully bureaucratic word "reclassification" has been on a lot of lips in Washington since a federal appeals court ruled last week that the Federal Communications Commission had no authority to stop Internet providers from slowing or stopping their users' access to legal sites and services. Most people seem to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 14, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Policy and politics , Telecom  
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Google adds Twitter 'timeline' search option; Library of Congress to offer its own Twitter archive

Google just added a new way to catch up on Twitter's never-ending conversation: a timeline view through which you can replay old updates. The new feature, announced in a Google blog post this morning, appears as a choice if you click the "Options" link at the top of a Google...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 14, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Search , Social media , The Web  
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Twitter adds ads

You can stop complaining that Twitter doesn't have a business model: The San Francisco-based microblogging service announced today that it's selling ads on its site. These new "Promoted Tweets," as a blog post explains, can show up when you search for something at Twitter's site. You'll see only one per...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 13, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Social media  
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PostPoints tip: Don't rent your cable modem

While you're spring cleaning, don't forget to take a look for clutter in your telecom bills. If you subscribe to your cable company's Internet service--especially if you've been doing so for a long time--you may be needlessly wasting $5 or so a month on renting your cable modem. That, as...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 13, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Microsoft's next smartphone effort: Yes, we Kin?

Yesterday, Microsoft announced its latest venture in the smartphone business. No, not the Windows Phone 7 Series project it launched in February. The Redmond, Wash., software company's new Kin series of smartphones will arrive in Verizon Wireless stores in the next month, not the end of this year. Its Kin...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 13, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , Windows  
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Palm on the block; users in a lurch?

Bloomberg News is reporting this morning that Palm will be putting itself up for sale, a move that would end its 18 years of existence as an independent manufacturer of smartphones and handheld organizers. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company, once a dominant smartphone vendor, has had a few rough months. Although...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 12, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile  
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