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Microsoft ends Bing cashback rebates

Microsoft is retiring Bing cashback, the rebate option it launched to try to boost the use of its Web search engine. Back when Microsoft launched cashback in May of 2008--originally called Live Search Cashback--it seemed like a good idea. The business model went something like this: Phase one: Microsoft gets...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 4, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Shopping  
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Apple Web-standards demo requires Apple browsers

Apple Web-standards demo will ask users of almost all other browsers to install Apple's Safari browser first.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Web  
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Mac spyware alert is not all that new

Over the last few days, you may have seen a story or two warning about a new form of Mac spyware. But there's nothing too novel about this malware. The pest in question is an application that downloads and installs itself in the background when users add what they think...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 3, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Mac , Security  
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Steve Jobs questions iPhone cartoonist's account; cartoonist returns the favor

Remember Mark Fiore, the editorial cartoonist whose iPhone app was rejected by Apple for the crime of ridiculing public figures? Steve Jobs apparently does, too... not very fondly.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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Assessing AT&T's new data plans: cheaper but limited--and, finally, with iPhone tethering

AT&T Wireless tore up its data-pricing playbook Wednesday morning, dumping its old unlimited-data rate in favor of two cheaper but limited plans. Under the new price structure, starting Monday buyers of iPhones and other smartphones will no longer have to pay $30 a month for unlimited data service. Instead, they'll...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mobile , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Revised Facebook privacy recommendations

Last week's launch of new privacy-settings pages at Facebook means it's time to take yet another look at your exposure on the social network (unless you don't have an account there, in which case I suppose you can point and laugh at the rest of us). The new interface--if you...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Clear launches WiMax Internet service in D.C.

More than two years after its originally scheduled debut, high-speed WiMax wireless Internet access has finally come to the Washington area. This new "Clear" service, from Kirkland, Wash.-based Clearwire, offers speeds roughly competitive with most digital-subscriber-line and some cable connections. Home plans cost $30 for download speeds of 1.5 million...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 1, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Telecom  
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