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Faster Forward: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Microsoft sues Motorola. Forgive me if I'm unimpressed.

The inevitable sequel to Microsoft licensing a variety of smartphone-related patents to HTC arrived today when Microsoft sued another vendor of Android phones, Motorola, over two handfuls of smartphone-related patents. Yawn. Sorry, I just can't work up much energy writing about patent ping-pong these days. In this case, it's as...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 1, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gripes, Mobile, Policy and politics  
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EA takes 'Taliban' out of Medal of Honor game

Electronic Arts' upcoming multiplayer combat simulation will still have you engaging in ground combat in Afghanistan. You'll still be able to play as the American side. But if you take the other side, you'll no longer go into battle as "the Taliban"; instead, you'll be the "Opposing Force." EA announced...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 1, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Digital culture, Games  
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Short review of Google's goo.gl address shortener

You've got another way to point people to a Web address in a minimum of characters -- goo.gl, a new link shortener from Google launched in limited form last year but now open to anybody with a Web browser. (Note: People often call these services "URL shorteners," but I prefer...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 1, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Web  
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Net neutrality: Will the FCC get it over with already?

In the least-surprising development ever in the ongoing network-neutrality debate, Congress is giving up on passing a bill on this subject this year. As my colleague Cecilia Kang reported in two posts yesterday, House net-neutrality advocate Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) couldn't get any Republican backing for a bill that would ban...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 30, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Telecom  
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Gmail lets you cancel its 'conversation view'

Gmail is letting users opt out of a simultaneously beloved and controversial feature--the "conversation view" it uses to group a message and all subsequent replies in a single thread. The news came in a blog post that compared conversation view to cilantro--a some-love-it-others-hate-it thing. I like cilantro (aside from its...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 29, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  E-mail  
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Hotmail adds account defenses (but one's Windows-only)

Microsoft upgraded the security of its Hotmail Web-mail service on Monday, adding two ways for holders of Hotmail accounts to get back into their accounts after hackers break in. That's a welcome step to address a growing problem. But one of these account-recovery tools requires you to run Windows and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 29, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  E-mail, Security  
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Hulu Plus coming to TiVo, Roku boxes this fall

Hulu Plus--the still-invitation-only, $9.99/month service that Hulu launched this summer--will bring its catalogue of current and vintage TV shows to TiVo Premiere digital video recorders and Roku's Internet media receivers sometime this fall. On TiVo's $299.99 Premiere and $499.99 Premiere XL DVRs, Hulu Plus will join an array of name-brand...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 28, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  TV, Video  
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Craigslist controversy follow-up: Backpage.com targeted, Post drops massage-parlor ads

It's now been almost two weeks since Craigslist spent a day under a Congressional spotlight for its now-ended "adult services" ads. Since the San Francisco-based classified-ads site publicly surrendered at a Sept. 15 hearing--saying the ads it once accepted would flow to other sites that made fewer or no efforts...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 28, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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RIM announces PlayBook tablet

It's not called the BlackPad after all, but otherwise the predictions of a new, iPad-esque tablet computer from BlackBerry Research In Motion got it about right The Waterloo, Ontario-based firm unveiled its upcoming iPad competitor, called the PlayBook, at an event Monday afternoon in San Francisco. As earlier stories had...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 27, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile  
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Administration Internet-wiretap proposals forget history

Any headline that uses the phrase "wiretap the Internet" is likely to make people on the Internet cranky. When this wiretapping scheme comes from an administration that already has an iffy record on digital-rights issues, there's good reason to be angry about it. Today's news comes from the New York...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Privacy, Security  
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PostPoints tip: 'tap to click' still troublesome

Most Windows laptops come preset to interpret a tap of their touchpads as a mouse click--which can be convenient if you're used to that behavior, exasperating otherwise. To add to the exasperation factor, different manufacturers hide their tap-to-click controls in different places. So here's an update to a Help File...

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 27, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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