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Faster Forward: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Who's the master of a .ly domain?

What's a two-letter word for "uncertain foundation for an Internet service"? If you've been following tech news lately, you can guess the answer: ".ly," the two-letter country code for Libya that provides the bit.ly address-shortening service with its catchy moniker. As my colleague Melissa Bell noted Wednesday, Libya's domain registry...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 8, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics, The Web  
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Mobile morsels: Android news this week, Windows Phone 7 next

Mobile morsels: Android news this week, Windows Phone 7 next

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 8, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DRM, Mobile  
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Battling media boxes: Apple TV vs. Roku

A tiny $99 box can connect your TV to a wealth of Internet-delivered TV shows, movies, pictures, podcasts and music. But which $99 box should you get? In one corner, there's Apple's $99 Apple TV, and in other we have Roku's slightly larger $99.99 XD-S--and its slightly less capable $79.99...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 7, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Gadgets, Pictures, TV, Video  
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Things I know about the 'Verizon iPhone' story

Because so many of you have asked, here is the total of what I know about the odds of a Verizon iPhone. That perpetual rumor subject is once again in the news, courtesy of a Wall Street Journal story that declares upfront: "Apple Inc. is making a version of its...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 7, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Gripes, Mobile, The business we have chosen  
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Almost-final, much weaker ACTA draft published

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is this close to escaping its protracted, mostly secret negotiations -- and now that the Office of the United States Trade Representative has posted a copy (PDF) of the nearly finalized text, we can see how much of this accord has shriveled away. As ACTA critics...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 7, 2010; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Facebook's news: data downloading, new friend groups, more app oversight

We can all breathe a sigh of relief, as Facebook did not introduce yet another site redesign today. Instead, the Palo Alto, Calif., social network led off its announcements with something far more useful -- an option to take your data with you.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 6, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Digital culture, Privacy, Social media  
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Facebook event: Fact-free speculation?

On Monday, Facebook sent out an irritatingly vague invitation to reporters: You are invited to an event that will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Facebook. Registration for the event will begin at 10am. Additional details are included below. Set aside the thought of this company expecting East Coast-based...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 6, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Social media  
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Foursquare latest social-media site to stumble

What's worse than having an extended site outage that merits a lengthy, apologetic blog post? Having another site outage hours after you've confessed your site's sins. Foursquare spent about 11 hours out of action Monday, then swooned again for several more hours Tuesday.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 6, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gripes, Social media  
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Skype (sort of) available for non-Verizon Android phones

The headline on Skype's blog post today reads "Skype now available for Android phones." But if you use an Android device in the United States, that sentence may only confuse you. First, Skype arrived on Verizon Wireless Android phones back in February, as part of an exclusive deal the Luxembourg-based...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom  
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Google airs more details about Google TV

Google TV -- the Web giant's software package for finding and watching TV programming over the Internet and through traditional subscription services -- looks less vaporous now. Just in time for introductions of Google TV-enabled hardware from Sony and Logitech, Google announced further details about the platform it launched in...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 4, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gadgets, Music, Pictures, TV, Video  
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Apple TV unboxing report

At the risk of taking all the suspense out of reading my column: Yes, I'm working on a review of Apple's newly revived Apple TV. If all goes well, you'll be reading a review of this $99 device -- which plays music and video from Apple's iTunes Store, from such...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 4, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Gadgets, Music, Pictures, TV, Video  
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PostPoints tip: Keyboard shortcuts for Web sites

You can give your desktop's mouse or your laptop's touchpad a rest--and get some tasks done faster--at sites that support keyboard shortcuts like the ones you've memorized in most of your desktop programs. At Gmail, for example, turning on this option through your settings page will let you start a...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 4, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Web, Tips  
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