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It's National Data Privacy Day

January 28th may be the anniversary of the Challenger disaster, but it's got at least one other significance: It's National Data Privacy Day.

By Sarah Halzack  | January 28, 2011; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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LivingSocial gaining on Groupon

LivingSocial now sees over half the visits as the industry leader Groupon.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Shopping  
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Tuning into car stereos at the Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show comes up about this time every year, so I try to make a point of stopping by -- not to gawk at the outside of a car, but to inspect each vehicle's dashboard. That's how I spent most of yesterday afternoon on the show's press-preview day...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 28, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Car Toys, Mobile, Music  
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How Egypt pulled out of the Internet

Renesys, an internet security firm based in Manchester, N.H., has given its commentary on how Egypt managed to shut down all Internet access in the country. Essentially, post author Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer and a co-founder of Renesys, told the Associated Press, Egypt is one of the few...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Court approves Sony's restraining order against George Hotz

A California court has approved Sony's restraining order against George Hotz, who distributed a way to allow Playstation 3 users to put any operating system on their consoles -- an action that Sony claims opened the door to game piracy. PSX-Scene, a Playstation community, had the pdf files of the...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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iPad newspaper The Daily expected to launch on Feb. 2

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue will be in New York on Feb. 2 to kick off the iPad newspaper, The Daily. The two men will debut the new project at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Daily had been...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple  
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iPhone 4 owner sues Apple over cracked glass case

iPhone 4 owner Donald LeBuhn filed a class action lawsuit against Apple early this week, claiming the company is misleading customers about the strength of the glass casing on the iPhone 4. LeBuhn is asking that Apple reimburse the plaintiffs in the case for the cost of the phone and...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Facebook denies they're building a phone as rumors resuface

Facebook has denied a fresh set of rumors that they've built a phone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mobile, Social media  
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Facebook 'Sponsored Stories' turn you into the ad

Your clicks of Facebook's "Like" button and check-ins at restaurants, stores and other establishments are already valuable marketing material. Now Facebook is letting companies and individuals buy the right to republish those actions to your friends in ads -- including your name and profile photo -- on the social network's...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 27, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Social media  
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Police: Five Anonymous hacking group members arrested in Britain

Police in the United Kingdom have arrested five men in connection with the Anonymous hacking group, largely credited for denial of service attacks carried out in support of Wikileaks and its editor Julian Assange.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Doing the standing still: Snowstorm invites status updates in gridlock

Yesterday's glut of snow led to an unprecedented outbreak of texting, Twittering and Facebooking from behind the wheel. Fortunately, the authors of all this phone-delivered prose were stuck standing still on roads around the Washington area and in no position to endanger any other drivers while they shared the joy....

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 27, 2011; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture, Social media  
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You can see Google Offers through Google Maps

Google Offers, Google's discount coupon site, had a sort of soft-opening today, as thousands of coupons went live this morning

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Shopping  
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Sony reveals new portable, codenamed the NGP

Sony unveiled their next portable gaming system in Tokyo Thursday morning, aptly codenamed the Next Generation Portable.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets, Gaming  
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So many books, so little time? Amazon now selling shorter prose as Kindle Singles

Short-attention-span readers have a new option from Amazon: "Kindle Singles," short pieces selling at pocket-change prices for the Seattle retailer's e-book readers and software. Amazon's press release defines a Kindle Single as such: Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single killer idea...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 26, 2011; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DRM, E-books  
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IRS app tracks refund, gives tax tips

The Internal Revenue Service has released a new smartphone app to help people track their tax refunds and get daily tax tips from the agency. The app, call IRSToGo, launched Monday. It is free and available at the Android and Apple marketplaces.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Finances, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Ahoy! White Google Nexus S spotted in Germany

Weigh in: Why are people so interested in getting their smartphones in white?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Facebook offering site-wide 'HTTPS' security

Facebook will allow its users to encrypt their use of the site, an overdue move that would stop eavesdroppers from picking up any information sent to and from the social network. This may come too late to protect founder Mark Zuckerberg's recently-hacked public page, but the rest of us can...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 26, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Security, Social media  
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$20 a month for Verizon iPhone hotspot

Those who want to use their iPhone as a hotspot will have to pay $20 a month, according to Verizon.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page hacked

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook fan page was seemingly hacked yesterday by someone who posted the message that Facebook should become a "social business," complete with a link to the Wikipedia page explaining the term. A social business, according to the Wikipedia page, is a business with "positive...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Google Voice wireless-number porting now (really) available

The can-your-wireless-carrier option that made a tantalizing appearance last week is now a reality: You can move an existing mobile number to Google Voice. A blog post from Google earlier Tuesday announced the change and noted that it costs $20 and should take about 24 hours. But it glossed over...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 25, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom  
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More Apple chatter: Will consumers be able to pay by iPhone and iPad?

On Monday, we reported the rumor that the iPhone will have a near-field communication (NFC) chip in it to let you pay for things with your phone. Now there are reports that the same capability will be coming to the iPad 2.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 25, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Tablets  
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Report: Verizon to offer unlimited data plan for $30

Verizon's chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam told the Wall Street Journal that Verizon will be offering a $30 unlimited data plan.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 25, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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A first read of Ongo: ad-free news for a price

You can now pay to read my column without any ads attached--but the Post won't be sending you the bill. Instead, a new, Post-backed site called Ongo hopes to charge users $6.99 a month for ad-free access to this paper's stories and those of USA Today, plus "picks" from the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 25, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Barnes and Noble may phase out the Nook 3G

Endgadget reported Monday night that Barnes and Noble is planning to phase out the Nook 3G based on "hard evidence from within B&N." The blog said the bookstore told its stores not to fill bulk Nook 3G orders, as supply would not be able to keep pace with bulk orders.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 25, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  E-books, Gadgets, Tablets  
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AOL outage: You haven't got mail (updated 4x)

Remember when downtime at America Online would be headline material? A small subset of AOL's much-diminished population is getting a chance to relive that experience while a site-maintenance malfunction has taken their mail offline. The firm's AOL Mail Blog posted a note at 12:48 p.m. Monday about the disruption: We're...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 24, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  E-mail  
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Foursquare posts 2010 stats: Almost 382 million check-ins

The numbers are in, and by them Foursquare had an outstanding 2010.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 24, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Location awareness, Social media  
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iPhone 5: Top 5 rumors roundup

Now that the Verizon iPhone has been announced and advertised, Apple fans are turning their speculative gaze toward the iPhone 5. Here are the top five rumors about the fifth-generation iPhone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Report: Xoom release date is Feb. 17

The Motorola Xoom is likely to have a Feb. 17 launch and an $800 price tag.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gadgets, Tablets  
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Google says Reader link coming back

Google said in a tweet on Friday that removing the Google Reader link from the top of the Gmail homepage was a mistake and Tech Crunch reported that the company plans to restore the link some time Monday morning.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture, E-mail, Gripes  
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Apple App Store hits 10 billion downloads, contest winner can't believe call

The company ran a contest offering a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person who made the 10 billionth download. The winner, a woman from the U.K., reportedly hung up on Apple when she received the call telling her she had won.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Don't pollute Twitter with other services

The growing popularity of Twitter--it now claims 175 million registered users--has led numerous other applications to try to piggyback on the status-update service's popularity. Sometimes, that's helpful; another social-networking site can customize itself based on your Twitter settings if you grant it access to your account. Sometimes, though, linking a...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 24, 2011; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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