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Intuit shutting down Quicken Online, but will move some users' data to Mint

Intuit is closing the Quicken Online Web-based personal-finance program it developed before buying the competing site Mint, but along the way it's giving users of that application some withdrawal pains.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 23, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Productivity  
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Apple delays white iPhone 4 again, launches free-case program

We may see the iPhone 4 on a carrier besides AT&T before we see it in white. This morning, Apple announced its second delay to the white version of its smartphone: White models of Apple's new iPhone® 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 23, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mobile  
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Yahoo suffers brief outage -- and I missed the whole thing

A week ago, the Washington area suffered a magnitude 3.6 earthquake -- and I slept through the whole thing. Apparently the same thing happened with Yahoo today: The site's services suffered a brief outage earlier this afternoon, but I never noticed. My first notice of this event was a short...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 22, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  E-mail , The Web  
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Flipboard's iPad Web-zine flops under weight of its own hype

A nifty new iPad application called Flipboard has gone from fascination to mockery at startup speed. This free program, which lets you read Web stories and content shared on Twitter and Facebook in a magazine-style layout, earned a first round of assessments Wednesday that were remarkably positive -- even for...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 22, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Digital culture , E-books , Gadgets  
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Facebook hangs up '500 million served' sign

I guess that whole "Quit Facebook Day" thing didn't really pan out: This morning, Facebook announced that it now has 500 million active users. The news, predicted earlier this week and noted a few minutes ago on Cecilia Kang's Post Tech blog here, suggests that neither worries about privacy nor...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 21, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Social media  
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A lunch date with Yelp

If you're going to talk shop with two Yelp executives over lunch, how do you pick the restaurant? Easy: You book whichever conveniently located, reasonably priced establishment offers a 1,000-point reward on OpenTable. Alas, the 1,000-point restaurant I'd picked for our meeting a week ago had suffered a power failure...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 21, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Location awareness , Mobile , Social media  
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Stop fondling your phone on camera

I'm sorry to be so graphic, but this has to be said. Ever since Apple led off its defense of the iPhone 4's reception in Friday's news conference by saying that other phones can also drop calls when held the wrong way, a certain segment of the phone-using population has...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 20, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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ACSI survey: Facebook less popular than some newspaper sites

The American Customer Satisfaction Index released its latest findings Tuesday morning, and they're a bit surprising: Only days before Facebook can hang up an "over 500 million served" sign, the survey found abysmal approval ratings for Facebook and other big-name social-media sites. On a scale of 0 to 100, the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Recommended reading , Search , Social media , The business we have chosen  
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Google nixes Nexus One

In retrospect, maybe it was a mistake to give a phone a name reminiscent of the line of "replicant" androids hunted down in the movie Blade Runner. It's now time to die for the Nexus One, Google's ambitious attempt to revolutionize the smart phone market by selling directly to customers....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 19, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Mobile , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Take your favorite programs with you

(Note: This isn't last week's PostPoints tip. That one advised e-mail recipients to visit this blog to find old tips--which you, as readers of this blog, already know from last Monday's post. So instead, I'm posting this old, but still-relevant item that originally ran on September 4, 2007.) Windows programs...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 19, 2010; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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