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Faster Forward: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

WikiLeaks sinks, resurfaces (repeat as necessary)

ven if you could get every single Web host and domain-name registrar in the world to refuse WikiLeaks' business, its organizers could still publish massive quantities of data through BitTorrent or other file-sharing systems. The Internet can do a lot of things, but making information disappear is not among them.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Telecom  
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Google ships Chrome 8. Did you notice?

A new version of Google's Chrome browser arrived Thursday. But if you didn't know that -- or saw an update prompt in your browser and clicked through it without caring -- you're forgiven. I, for one, am in no position to judge. The last individual Chrome release I reviewed at...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Security, The Web  
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LastPass buys Xmarks, rescuing bookmarks-sharing app

LastPass buys Xmarks, rescuing bookmarks-sharing app

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Security, The Web  
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Feds pledge some action on privacy, less on net neutrality

The top two three-letter agencies in the U.S. government--as far as tech policy goes--each launched separate initiatives today. The Federal Communications Commission moved first, releasing a drastically scaled-back proposal for network-neutrality rules. FCC chair Julius Genachowski--after months of hemming and hawing--has given up on earlier ambitions of putting wired and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 1, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Social media, Telecom  
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Verizon Wireless announces LTE 4G plans

Verizon Wireless will launch its 4G "LTE" mobile-broadband service on Sunday in 38 cities (including Washington) and 60 airports across the United States. The Basking Ridge, N.J.,-based carrier says this upgrade will offer 110 million Americans access to 10 times the speed of its current 3G service: downloads of 5...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 1, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Google readies Google Editions e-book store

Google is ready to crack the cover of its electronic bookstore. As the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, it plans to open its Google Editions site by the end of this month.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 1, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  DRM, E-books  
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Samsung Galaxy Tab: review, with video

Samsung Galaxy tab review (with video)

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 30, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile, Weekly video  
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Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books

Kindle readers, take note: You may have been paying for books you could legally download for free--in nearly identical editions--elsewhere. The titles in question aren't just public-domain books that have long been freely available at such sites as Project Gutenberg. They appear to be the exact Gutenberg files, save only...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  E-books, Shopping  
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Google buying Groupon? Says who? (updated)

If you want to see how rumors can spread in the tech press, click over to Google News and search for "google groupon." You'll see a few dozen stories all suggesting that the search giant just paid $2.5 billion to for Groupon, the social-shopping site that bundles new bulk discounts...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 29, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Shopping, The business we have chosen  
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PostPoints tip: Buy with the right credit card to double your warranty

With gadget purchases come pitches by merchants to buy their extended-warranty policies. These are a debatable value at best--although if a store offers one for free to close the deal, go ahead and sign up. Instead, make your purchase with a credit card that doubles the standard warranty period for...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 29, 2010; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tips  
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Comcast Internet (or any other service) out? Try a new DNS.

Sometime earlier tonight, Comcast's Internet service seems to have suffered a major malfunction -- but, fortunately, one you can actually fix on your own. The issue, as reported in numerous complaints on Twitter and at such troubleshooting sites as DSLReports.com -- but still unmentioned on Comcast's own "network health" page,...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 28, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Telecom, Tips  
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