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Faster Forward: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Twitter atwitter about suspension of popular Twitter apps

Twitter was all atwitter Friday that the social media company had effectively shut down several wildly popular applications that are used to send and receive tweets on mobile devices. In a help center message on its corporate site, Twitter accused UberTwitter, which is popular with federal government employees with standard-issue Blackberrys, and twidroyd of violating its policies. Twitter spokeswoman said that "these violations include, but aren't limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users' Tweets in order to make money."

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 18, 2011; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A conversation with video game exhibition curator Chris Melissinos

Highlights from our conversation with curator Chris Melissinos about the exhibition, his life as a gamer and some early feedback he's gotten from voters.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 18, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gaming  
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Google socializes search further, redesigns navigation bar

Google searches will reflect more of what your friends know. The Mountain View, Calif., company is expanding its "social search" feature to show additional links created or shared by friends and make them easier to spot. As its blog post explained yesterday, Google will no longer confine those social results...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 18, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google, Search, The Web  
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Verizon vs. AT&T: Which iPhone is faster?

Consumers now have a choice about which carrier they can use for Apple's iPhone, but which is really the better choice?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 18, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Report: Apple's new iPhone won't be smaller, just cheaper

Reports of the iPhone nano based on reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal have caught people's attention in the past week, but a new report from the New York Times says that Apple is not considering a smaller iPhone, only a cheaper one.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 18, 2011; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Visa finds a way to make your smartphone an e-wallet

Visa has been demonstrating its PayWave technology at the Mobile World Congress, which lets any smartphone user convert a handset into an e-wallet.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 18, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Gadgets, Shopping  
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Obama meets Zuckerberg: Can they fix Facebook?

President Obama is meeting with a group of top tech executives today in San Francisco, including Apple's Steve Jobs, Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. There are many important things they could discuss, but some here in The Post's newsroom (and some of our readers) are hoping the President...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 17, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The cord-cutting conversation, cont'd. (with bonus Boxee Box review)

My column two Sundays ago about my experience ditching subscription TV for a combination of free over-the-air broadcasts and online video is still generating comments. I'll try to answer those questions and critiques -- and use this opportunity to post an overdue review of yet another online-video receiver you can...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 17, 2011; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  TV, Video  
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Lunch break reading: Watson wins big on 'Jeopardy!'

By now, you've probably heard that Watson, the IBM computer contestant, ran away with a win on "Jeopardy!" last night. Here are some of the most entertaining and illuminating reactions to the win:

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 17, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Computers, Gadgets  
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Sony: We will ban any PS3 hackers

Sony's getting serious in its fight against Playstation 3 hackers, issuing a statement yesterday that anyone caught with unauthorized or pirated software will be permanently banned from the PlayStation network and from using Qrocity services through the PS3.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 17, 2011; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  DRM, Gadgets, Gaming  
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Are Zune's days numbered?

Microsoft denied that it is killing the Zune's services, but Microsoft watchers think the company still might be killing the brand.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 17, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets, Music, Windows  
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Google launches subscription service -- Google One Pass

One day after Apple introduced its controversial subscription service, Google has announced that it will also offer a subscription service for digital content, called Google One Pass.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 16, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Borders turns page to Chapter 11

Yet another analog bookseller has taken a step closer to a digital demise. Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning, hoping to restructure its finances and reboot its operations. The book retailer announced the news this morning. At a site set up for the occasion, Borders comforted customers that...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 16, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  E-books, Shopping  
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Angry Birds will be on Windows Phone 7 and in 3D

Angry Birds, the super-addictive game Android and Apple game from Rovio that seems to be taking over the world, will finally be available on the Windows Phone 7. Vesterbacka also confirmed the company is working on a 3D version of the game, though he gave no details about a launch date or a platform.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 16, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Watson runs off with the Jeopardy! round, beating Jennings and Rutter

In the first round of the battle between man and machine, there's a clear winner. Watson, the IBM computer programmed to analyze human speech ran away with the first round, netting $35,734. That's practically a rout when compared to 74-time champion Ken Jennings' $4,800 and 20-time champion Brad Rutter's winnings of $10,400.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 16, 2011; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Apple demands subscription revenue from publishers

Apple describes the subscription option it just launched for iPhone and iPad applications as a convenience to customers. That it may be. But to any company looking to do business through an app for Apple's mobile devices, it's more like a form of financial hijacking. The Cupertino, Calif., company's press...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 15, 2011; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Apple, E-books, Shopping, The business we have chosen  
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Smithsonian video game exhibition voting is open

Are video games art? An upcoming Smithsonian exhibit featuring video games seems to say the answer is yes, but leaves it up to you to decide which games should be in its exhibit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Apple app store to offer subscriptions

Apple announced today that it will begin taking subscriptions through its Mac App Store for "all publishers of content-based apps."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Google adds content-farm blocking extension to Chrome

You can do your part to salt the earth of content farms--mass-production sites that extrude content to fit popular search terms, as opposed to starting out with something original to say--with a new extension to Google's Chrome browser. Called Personal Blocklist, it's a free, one-click installation in Chrome. Google introduced...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 15, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rumors say iPhone 5 may have 4-inch screen, sliding keyboard

iPhone 5 rumors continue to ramp up, as several tech blogs report that the new handset will have a 4-inch screen to be more competitive with Android.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mac, Mobile  
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Mobile World Congress 2011: HTC has Flyer tablet, Facebook's Salsa and ChaCha phones

HTC's Flyer, a seven-inch tablet with front-and-rear facing cameras, will run Android 2.3, with the option to upgrade to 3.0. The Salsa and the ChaCha phones integrate Facebook into your phone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile, Social media, Tablets  
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Facebook News Feed filtering can make friends vanish

If some of your friends seem to have become unusually quiet on Facebook, it may not be their fault.

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 14, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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iPhone Nano rumors continue to swirl

Sources reportedly saw a prototype of the phone last year and said the new phone will be about half the price of the current model.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Last-minute Valentine's Day cards

Today is Valentine's Day and if this is the first that you're hearing of it, we can help.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mobile World Congress 2011: RIM will release Playbook on LTE, HSPA+

Research In Motion announced that it would offer its Playbook tablet on LTE and HSPA+ networks "during the second half of 2011."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Sprint, Tablets  
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Video game song wins a Grammy

Sunday night at the Grammys, composer Christopher Yin earned a statue for "Baba Yetu," a song featured in the opening credits of Civilization IV. That makes "Baba Yetu" the first video game song to ever win a Grammy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gaming  
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Xperia Play will be on Verizon, run Android 2.3

Sony announced some more details on the Xperia Play, known to most as the "Playstation phone," at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Higher-quality YouTube videos

Ever notice an item towards the right end of the toolbar underneath every YouTube video labeled "240p" or "360p"? That's a menu you click to request a higher-quality copy of a video on Google's site. Instead of the default 240p or 360p (rough equivalents of videotape quality, the numbers refer...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 14, 2011; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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