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Radio royalties fix: Require FM radios in phones?

A tech-policy problem that's been festering for the last decade may be nearing a solution--but, in keeping with the sad history of this issue, the latest proposed fix has far more to do with lobbying than logic. The issue should be familiar to politically-aware Web-radio fans: the disproportionate royalties that...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 20, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Music , Policy and politics  
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Video: Facebook Places privacy settings

Since Facebook launched its Places check-in feature last night, I haven't seen any rush to take advantage of this location-based service. When I checked the Facebook site on my phone this afternoon, I saw only five people checked in: two other tech columnists, one Facebook employee, one co-worker with a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 19, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Location awareness , Privacy , Social media  
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Facebook adds 'Places' check-in feature

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Facebook is following in the footsteps of younger social-networking sites by adding a "Places" feature that lets you share your real-world location with online friends. As company representatives explained at an event at Facebook's Palo Alto, Calif., offices and wrote in a blog post, you'll...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 18, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Location awareness , Privacy , Social media  
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No, Wired, the Web is not 'dead'

Anytime I see a headline in Wired magazine declaring something "dead" or "over" I'm instinctively suspicious -- usually with good reason. This month's cover story, provocatively and misleadingly titled "The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet," fits right into that pattern. In that piece, Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson argues...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 18, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture , Mobile , Recommended reading , The Web , The business we have chosen  
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Sony soups up PlayStation 3 with bigger hard drives

Can we call it the PlayStation 3.5 now? Yet another version of Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game console/Blu-ray player is on the way, bringing more storage and a new wireless controller akin to Nintendo's Wiimote. The cheaper of Sony's two new models, a version with a 160-gigabyte hard drive and a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 18, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Games  
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I dislike fake 'Dislike Button' scams on Facebook

There are a lot of things to dislike on Facebook: status updates about weird online games and those that parrot the already-discredited lies of politicians, to name two. So the ability to vote against this content by clicking a "Dislike" button must be mighty appealing -- or so you'd have...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 17, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Security , Social media  
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While I was out: iPhone jailbreaking legalized, BlackBerry carries a Torch, Verizon and Google talk net neutrality

I've had a busy three weeks away from the office, but that didn't stop me from trying to keep up with tech news. (My failure to unplug from e-mail and the Web would be one indication that I was not on vacation, along with the disrupted sleep patterns, the change...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 16, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , Policy and politics , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Police program installers

A lot of Windows programs act as if they are the most important software in the world--or so you'd judge from their installation routines, which dump links and shortcuts all over the desktop and Start menu. Cleaning up after that junk takes time, especially when each update to the program...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 16, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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