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Faster Forward: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Microsoft still confused about Silverlight's irrelevance on the Web

For a moment earlier this week, it looked like Microsoft was acknowledging the obvious: Its Silverlight software has no meaningful future on the Web among consumers. If you just said "Silver-what?" to yourself, you've got company. Silverlight showed some promise when it debuted three years ago as a competitor to...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 5, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The Web, Video  
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Hulu Plus exits closed beta, will accept your business now

Hulu Plus is still a "preview," but you no longer need to wait for an invitation to try the video portal's $9.99/month premium service. Hulu ended that requirement yesterday, as noted in a blog post. Now that Hulu will take your money, should you hand it over? Hmm. If you've...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 5, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV, Video  
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Cooks Source magazine masters new recipe: How to annoy the Internet

Cooks Source magazine masters new recipe: How to steal a story annoy the Internet

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 4, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Digital culture, Social media  
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Xbox's Kinect: hands-free gaming in large living rooms

Microsoft's Xbox 360 video-game console got a little easier to use at 12:01 this morning. That's when the Redmond, Wash., firm began selling Kinect -- a clever accessory that takes the Xbox's controller out of the hands of gamers. Where the Xbox's usual remote device sports 14 buttons and joysticks...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 4, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gadgets, Games  
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Facebook adds Single Sign On, Deals mobile features (and miniaturizes news-feed font)

There's still no "Facebook phone." But why should the social-networking site bother to build one -- as rumors recently suggested it would -- if it can make its mobile software a central part of the smartphones people already use? That's the takeaway from the announcements the Palo Alto, Calif., company...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 3, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Privacy, Social media  
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Post-election tech-policy forecast: Nothing

A few dozen Americans found out last night that they're losing their jobs. That's about the difference the election will make in tech policy. As Ezra Klein wrote at greater length this morning, Republican control of the House combined with a continued Democratic majority in the Senate (I didn't write...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 3, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Election Day software advances at social-media sites, stalled at polling places

If the usual exhortations to vote--it matters, it's easy, it preserves your right to say "don't blame me, I voted for the other candidate," it's your job as an American citizen--don't work--how about the chance to collect a virtual badge at a social-media site? Today, Facebook is welcoming U.S. users...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 2, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Social media, The business we have chosen  
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Video: A look at two Windows Phone 7 devices

It's time for another video look at a new tech product. Episode four of our new series takes a look at two Windows Phone 7 devices that debut later this month: AT&T's Samsung Focus and HTC Surround. 9/10292010-55v.jsn">Your Browser Does Not Support IFrames. For earlier episodes, including last week's look...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 2, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mobile, Video, Weekly video  
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AOL redoes home page

AOL has a new home page today. That this may be the company's biggest news since ejecting out of its disastrous merger with Time Warner helps to illustrate the company's problems. The new home page design, as outlined in a press release, isn't immediately earth-shattering. As you can see in...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 1, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Web  
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Fox TV-pocalypse ended at Cablevision, averted at Dish Network

Cablevision and Dish Network subscribers can stop worrying about missing the end of the World Series: Over the weekend, the two TV services settled separate carriage disputes with Fox Networks that ended one standoff and avoided another. Dish struck a deal on Friday afternoon that keeps Fox's local channels on...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 1, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Policy and politics, TV, Video  
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PostPoints tip: Know where to check a site's status

If having a site you use all the time become mysteriously unavailable would leave you miserable and confused, the least you can do is give yourself a way to see if it's having a serious problem or just a momentary hiccup. First, look around its help section to see if...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 1, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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