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Faster Forward: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

As Facebook users fret over its wider reach, Post readies opt-out

A vocal contingent of Facebook users could use a "Dislike" button to record their reaction to the expanded sharing system the social network launched Wednesday. Facebook's new features--implemented by The Post in the form of the "Network News" box you see on this and other pages, plus the "Like" buttons...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 23, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media , The business we have chosen  
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Arguing against a doctrine of Apple infallibility

I can almost guarantee that today's column about Apple's management of its App Store will earn me a flood of furious reader comments and e-mails, all accusing me of willful blindness to the facts and blatant bias. That input won't -- I hope! -- be because I actually am blind...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 23, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mac , Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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No dearth of Earth Day tech tips

April 22, as you may have noticed, is Earth Day, which means no end of "green" marketing from companies that may or may not have the appropriate eco-credentials. As one example, the first Earth Day-themed pitch arrived in my e-mail back on Feb. 19. It noted that April 22 was...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 22, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The business we have chosen , Tips  
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Facebook spins a wider web -- including on this site

Facebook launched a set of initiatives that will expand its reach across and into numerous third-party sites, The Post's included. You can see one result of this on our home page and other pages here, the "Network News" box. On my computer, its "Friends' Activity" heading shows that fellow Posties...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 21, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Social media , The business we have chosen  
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ACTA trade deal no longer secret; draft released

It's finally out in the open: Months after activists began calling for a draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to be made public, and weeks after one leaked, the dozens of governments negotiating this multilateral trade deal ended their absurd effort to keep it a secret. And now that I've...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 21, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Facebook connections, Google Places: more Web-to-real-world links

Facebook and Google are each launching initiatives designed to connect more parts of your online world with that other one you don't have to type in a password to experience. Facebook's contribution takes the form of two new features, "Community Pages" and a new "connections" option on personal profiles. As...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mobile , Social media  
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Tale of lost Apple iPhone prototype gets weirder

That next-generation iPhone that somehow disappeared in a Bay Area bar before surfacing in a story on the Gizmodo tech-news site is now on its way back to Apple. The questions about this device's adventures may take a while longer to answer.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Mobile , The business we have chosen  | Tags: Apple, Facebook, Gray Powell, IPad, MobileMe, iPhone, iPhone 3G  
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PostPoints tip: Search for obscurities

Having trouble finding something that you just know is somewhere out on the Web? Rethink your search: Instead of typing in a query that completely describes what you want, try searching for one or two unusual words that you're pretty sure would be found in that document but not in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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News flash: Verizon thinks the Internet-access market is just fine

My most recent column on network neutrality -- posted online Friday, in Sunday's paper -- has drawn a lengthy response from Verizon. You may not be stunned to hear that the company doesn't agree with my read on the situation. In a post on the company's policy blog, the assistant...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 19, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Policy and politics , Telecom , The business we have chosen  
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3G iPad ship dates emerge; so does prototype of next iPhone?

The mobile-broadband version of Apple's iPad will ship May 7 if you order it today, according to a notice on the company's online store. That's not the "late April" schedule Apple cited just before the WiFi-only iPad went on sale April 3, but it is within a few days of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 19, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile  
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