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Faster Forward: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

NTP sues everybody over alleged wireless e-mail patents (updated)

Ordinarily, a headline announcing that one company has simultaneously filed suit against Apple, Google and Microsoft--plus the mobile-phone vendors HTC, LG and Motorola--could only be read as a death wish. But this is NTP, the company that after years of litigation--even as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began invalidating...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 9, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  E-mail, Mobile, Policy and politics  
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Field report: A White House reporter's laptop-less trip

One of the people I regularly share tech tips with in the newsroom is White House correspondent Mike Shear. He's an early-enough adopter that I sometimes start writing my reviews after he's purchased the item in question--which, in turn, allows me to draft him to help me test things like...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 9, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile  
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Grading Google's China compromise

As my colleague Cecilia Kang posted earlier this morning, Google's google.cn Web site can stay up in the People's Republic of China. That country's communist government renewed Google's license to operate the site after Google stopped redirecting all visitors to its domestic google.cn site to its Hong Kong-based google.hk. Now,...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 9, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Search  
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Now playing on Twitter: the LeBron James unintentional comedy festival

Some lucky guy in America has a choice of potential employers, all desperate to overpay him, and now he's bragging about it on Twitter. That individual, in case you have been living under a large rock or you really, really don't follow professional sports, is NBA star LeBron James. He...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 8, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Digital culture, Social media  
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World of Warcraft users blast Blizzard's 'Real ID' rule (update: Blizzard retreats)

Would you steer away from this post if you had to use your real name to leave a comment here? Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision Blizzard just put that question to many of its customers. In a post earlier this week on its Battle.net forums, the game developer informed players of...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 8, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Games, Social media  
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Notes on testing Clear's 4G WiMax service

Last month, a new wireless-broadband Internet service called Clear launched in the Washington area, becoming the first serious regionwide competition to broadband sold by incumbent phone and cable companies. For the past few weeks, I've been trying Clear at home and outside, using a few receivers loaned by the PR...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 7, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom  
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Apple bans iPhone developer for 'app farm' iTunes hack

Over the weekend, Apple evicted an obscure developer from its iTunes App Store after a suspicious spike in his releases' popularity. Romanian iPhone developer Alexandru Brie was among the first to wonder how Thuat Nguyen's Vietnamese-language comic books had come to occupy 41 of the top 50 spots in the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 6, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  E-books, Mobile, Security  
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Prince only the latest rock star to confess Internet cluelessness

"The internet's completely over.... The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated." That pronouncement comes from an odd interview with enigmatic singer-songwriter Prince posted this morning by the Daily Mirror, a British newspaper. In the story by Mirror writer Peter Willis, Minneapolis's gift...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 6, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Digital culture, Music  
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PostPoints tip: Have your phone use WiFi, not mobile broadband

A good way to prolong your smartphone's battery life--if yours allows this option--may be to have it use an available WiFi wireless network instead of your wireless carrier's network connection. This may not seem logical, considering that you're running two radios at once, but WiFi uses enough less power than...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 6, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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