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Faster Forward: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Facebook, MySpace leaked user data to advertisers

As I was making my way home yesterday afternoon (a journey that stretched well into the morning hours, but that's not important right now), the Wall Street Journal was posting a report about yet another privacy misstep by social-media Web sites. WSJ writers Emily Steel and Jessica E. Vascellaro reported...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 21, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media  
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Google plays Pac-Man

It is a dark day for productivity in offices everywhere. Google is honoring the 30th anniversary of the classic video game Pac-Man with a "Google Doodle" logo that doubles as a fully playable version of the game, complete with what I remember as the correct sound effects. Just click the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 21, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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An expanding Android universe

SAN FRANCISCO -- The future looks bright for Google's Android smartphone platform. Or at least it looks a lot brighter than it did two and a half years ago, when it debuted on a single smartphone with a tiny number of add-on applications. In today's keynote at its Google I/O...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 20, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile  
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Google TV: Some Web smarts for the idiot box?

SAN FRANCISCO--Google's engineers are apparently tired of watching TV with a laptop on the coffee table. The keynote that opened the second day of the Mountain View, Calif., firm's Google I/O conference featured an extensive tour of the next version of Google's Android smartphone software. It also included an excruciating...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 20, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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Google I/O, day two: And now, Android?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Remember how yesterday's blog post had a headline suggesting news about Google's Android smartphone operating system? Although the keynote that opened that company's Google I/O conference here ran more than half an hour long, it barely touched on Android. That news, it's been strongly suggested to me,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 20, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , TV , Video  
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Details on Google's Chrome Store and WebM plans

SAN FRANCISCO--At a press briefing here, Google executives provided more details about the two Web initiatives announced in this morning's keynote presentation: the Chrome Store for procuring Web applications, and the open-source WebM Web multimedia format it's developing with other companies. The Chrome Store ... * Is coming sometime this...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 19, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Web , Video  
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Live from Google I/O: Android, Chrome, Web apps and more

SAN FRANCISCO--Wednesday morning, Google will open its annual developers conference, Google I/O, with a keynote presentation outlining its major product developments. I'm expecting news about its Android smartphone operating system; its project to add Web software to TVs; such Web applications as Gmail, Google Calendar and its Buzz info-sharing service;...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , The Web  
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A field trip to the Internet Archive

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many people think of the Internet Archive only as the home of the Wayback Machine, the site that lets you see what pages looked like years ago. But the archive is also of the real world, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes its home in a former...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Notes on the digital-music business: Things could be worse

SAN FRANCISCO -- The last panel discussion at Monday's SF MusicTech conference here might lead you to think there's something rotten in the state of digital music. Tim Quirk, a vice president at the Rhapsody music service, lit into the major record labels for their self-defeating greed. "They charge more...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , Music  
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PostPoints tip: Facebook is only for friends

Tracking Facebook's latest privacy moves can be a full-time job--with a high risk of having to run a correction because one aspect or another of its latest features and options was less clear than initially advertised. But two guidelines about that social-networking site still hold true if you want to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Facebook meets the "Unlike" button

The site that functions as one big popularity contest looks a little unpopular today. After a series of changes that eroded its users' privacy, Facebook has been getting smacked around in public. A Wired blog post declared the widely-used social network "Gone Rogue." A team of programmers looking to develop...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 17, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Privacy , Social media  | Tags: Facebook, Like button, privacy  
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