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Faster Forward: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Facebook Friday-evening news dump: an app crackdown and a 'Mobile Event'

Facebook saved the end of the week for a couple of announcements: one potentially reassuring, the other puzzling. The first aims to close the door on the not-all-that-scary privacy scare over Facebook applications leaking user IDs to outside sites. The data in question is nothing particularly private -- your username...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 29, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mobile, Privacy, Security, Social media  
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Cablevision-Fox slapfest drags on; will Dish be next?

When I wrote last Sunday's column about the dispute between Fox and Cablevision over what the New York cable-TV service should pay the network to carry its channels, I worried that the piece would be overtaken by a Saturday-morning settlement. Guess I shouldn't have worried: It's now a week after...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 29, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  TV, Video  
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Mint Data offers an interesting, iffy peek at spending

Intuit's Mint personal-finance Web application has become a simpler, less-stressful replacement for desktop financial-management programs like its own Quicken or Microsoft's (discontinued) Money. This site has also allowed Mint to amass an impressive warehouse of data about the spending habits of its users -- which the company says it anonymizes...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 28, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Finances, Productivity, The business we have chosen  
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Mobile tech tips for rally-goers this weekend

Mobile tech tips for rally-goers this weekend.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 28, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom, Tips  
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MySpace launches redesign... hey, please, keep reading!

Earlier this afternoon, I logged into my MySpace account for the first time in months. That happened for the same reason I opened an account on the site--a news story required it, not because of any personal interest. The occasion back in 2006 was the arrival of a MySpace-connected phone...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 27, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Social media, The business we have chosen  
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Devices that don't exist: the white iPhone, the PlayStation Phone

The least surprising headline of the last 24 hours: "Apple delays white iPhone until next spring." Yes, Apple's white whale--I mean, the white version of its iPhone 4--has fallen behind schedule. Again. The news, as reported by Reuters last night, represents the third delay of this device since Apple announced...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 27, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Games, Mobile, The business we have chosen  
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Yahoo revises Web mail: social networking, content-based ads, still no free downloading

New Yahoo Mail beta adds unimpressive social-networking features and content-based ads, but still doesn't let you take your messages with you.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 27, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  E-mail  
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E-book news: B&N intros color Nook; Amazon promises lending

The e-book-reader market may be warming up in time for the weather to cool off. After a summer marked mainly by price cuts, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have each committed some noteworthy news. B&N's announcement came today: a color version of its Nook e-book reader that can do a...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 26, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  DRM, E-books, Gadgets  
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Google TV review, part 2: connecting to cable

The first half of my Google TV review, posted on Friday, covered the easy parts of Google's software package: its ability to display Internet content. Testing the not-so-easy parts -- how it connects to TV-tuning hardware such as cable boxes to replace their interfaces -- ate up most of a...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 26, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gadgets, TV, Video  
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Video: Two faces of Face Time

I spend a lot of time using words to describe things easier shown on video. (Help File readers, if you're sick of reading phrases like "go to the Start menu, select Control Panel, and type this into the search box," imagine how I feel about writing them over and over...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 25, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mac, Mobile, Video, Weekly video  
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Sony ejects the Walkman (the tape kind, that is)

This weekend's weirdest tech news: Sony will stop selling its Walkman portable tape player in Japan, the land of that once-iconic device's birth. That's "weirdest" not in the sense of "I can't believe Sony won't make those things anymore," but in terms of "I can't believe Sony still sells those...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 25, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Digital culture, Music  
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PostPoints tip: Sites I like: MacRumors' Buyer's Guide

When Apple invited reporters to an event scheduled for last Wednesday, describing its topic simply as "Back to the Mac," computer-industry reporters knew the company was almost certain to introduce new laptops. But so would anybody who had recently visited the MacRumors Buyer's Guide (buyersguide.macrumors.com). This project of the widely-read...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 25, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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