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Looking back at great tech rumors

In Rob's column this week, he looks at the best ways to evaluate the many, many rumors that circulate about technology and gadgetry. Whether it's the latest tidbit about a much-anticipated gadget or game, a whisper about a new release date or the whiff of a tech-related scandal, the tech-obsessed among us are frantic to get the latest snippet of "news."

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gadgets, Mac, Microsoft  
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Talking to Twitter about spam, marketing, memory and more

SAN FRANCISCO -- I wrapped up a busy day here Wednesday by stopping by Twitter's offices, all of two blocks from the stage occupied by Apple earlier at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. I wanted to ask the management about a few issues I've been curious about and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 3, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture, Mobile, Social media  
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Watson plays 'Jeopardy!' with members of Congress

Holt, a five-time Jeopardy winner and nuclear physicist, was the only member to beat Watson in a round of the game, earning $8,600 to Watson's $6,200. Overall, Watson pulled in $40,300 to the members' $30,000.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Computers, Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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Libya shutdown raises questions about bit.ly, security of foreign domains

Libya shutdown raises questions about bit.ly, security of foreign domains

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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Microsoft announces developers kit due this spring

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will be releasing a software development kit, or SDK, for its Kinect console peripheral, a darling of the hacker and homebrewing scene.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 23, 2011; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New Zealand quake search effort launched over social media

As workers toil to free those still trapped by the earthquake in New Zealand, social media sites have sprung into action to help the rescue effort.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reminder: Don't play Frogger on real-life roads, Rob Pegoraro , December 29, 2010
4chan knocked offline by denial-of-service attack, Rob Pegoraro , December 28, 2010
iPads used to help children with autism, Hayley Tsukayama , December 28, 2010
Kinect hacks that'll make your jaw drop, Hayley Tsukayama , December 27, 2010
Online sales, smartphone use up in 2010 holiday season, Hayley Tsukayama , December 20, 2010
My Gawker account got compromised. Now what?, Rob Pegoraro , December 13, 2010
Another top ten: The Twitter year in review, Hayley Tsukayama , December 13, 2010
YouTube releases 2010 top-10 list, Rob Pegoraro , December 13, 2010
Sony ejects the Walkman (the tape kind, that is), Rob Pegoraro , October 25, 2010
New smartphone launches force buyers to bet, Rob Pegoraro , October 14, 2010
Who's the master of a .ly domain?, Rob Pegoraro , October 8, 2010
Foursquare latest social-media site to stumble, Rob Pegoraro , October 6, 2010
EA takes 'Taliban' out of Medal of Honor game, Rob Pegoraro , October 1, 2010
Google debuts 'Instant' search, Rob Pegoraro , September 8, 2010
Another day, another goofy Google logo, Rob Pegoraro , September 8, 2010
Google bouncing-balls logo amuses, bemuses visitors, Rob Pegoraro , September 7, 2010
Rob Pegoraro blog post mentions Lady Gaga, Rob Pegoraro , August 24, 2010
No, Wired, the Web is not 'dead', Rob Pegoraro , August 18, 2010
World Cup traffic runs over Twitter, Rob Pegoraro , June 23, 2010
Why did you rush to pre-order an iPhone 4? , Rob Pegoraro , June 16, 2010
Starbucks caves, will make WiFi free July 1, Rob Pegoraro , June 14, 2010
No HD for Strasburg: Pay TV as usual, Rob Pegoraro , June 9, 2010
Lessons from AOL as it turns 25, Rob Pegoraro , May 24, 2010
Google plays Pac-Man, Rob Pegoraro , May 21, 2010
A field trip to the Internet Archive, Rob Pegoraro , May 18, 2010
AP says write 'website,' not 'Web site', Rob Pegoraro , April 16, 2010
My incredible shrinking address book, Rob Pegoraro , February 22, 2010
Social networks in the snowpocalypse, Rob Pegoraro , February 12, 2010
Snowbound but not offline, Rob Pegoraro , December 21, 2009
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Yes, Twitter's Down and Facebook's Slow, Rob Pegoraro , August 6, 2009
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Gmail, Other Google Apps Escape Beta Status, Rob Pegoraro , July 7, 2009
Facebook Adding Overexposure Options, Rob Pegoraro , June 29, 2009
New EFF Site Tracks Terms-Of-Service Changes, Rob Pegoraro , June 18, 2009
Get Your Facebook Usernames Here!, Rob Pegoraro , June 10, 2009
Google Gets Into the Public-Profile Business, Rob Pegoraro , April 23, 2009
Facebook Users Voting On New Terms of Service , Rob Pegoraro , April 22, 2009
April Foolin': The 2009 Edition, Rob Pegoraro , April 1, 2009
Microsoft Closes the Book on Encarta, Rob Pegoraro , March 31, 2009
Google To Deliver "More Interesting" Ads, Rob Pegoraro , March 16, 2009
Hear Me Out On "The Future Of The Book", Rob Pegoraro , March 10, 2009
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Facebook Faces Privacy Fears, Rob Pegoraro , February 19, 2009
Amazon Unveils Kindle 2, Rob Pegoraro , February 9, 2009
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Pay To Watch Ads? Sure, Rob Pegoraro , February 2, 2009
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Grade Your Voting Interface, Rob Pegoraro , November 4, 2008
A Newspaper Loses the Paper, Rob Pegoraro , October 29, 2008
Google Settles Book-Scanning Lawsuit, Rob Pegoraro , October 28, 2008
Smarter Phones Leave No Escape From the Web , Rob Pegoraro , October 27, 2008
Blogged Down By Politics, Rob Pegoraro , October 21, 2008
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Personal-Finance Tools For Stressful Times, Rob Pegoraro , September 22, 2008
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What Makes an Event TV-Worthy or Web-Acceptable?, Rob Pegoraro , August 26, 2008
Your Boot-Up Cycle, Rob Pegoraro , August 8, 2008
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Twitter Status Update, Rob Pegoraro , July 21, 2008
Social Skills For Address Books, Rob Pegoraro , July 10, 2008
Remembrance of Things Password, Rob Pegoraro , June 17, 2008
Who Needs "Push" E-Mail?, Rob Pegoraro , June 10, 2008
What's In a Username?, Rob Pegoraro , May 27, 2008
Blog Burnout, Rob Pegoraro , May 8, 2008
Status Consciousness, Rob Pegoraro , May 1, 2008
Mail Manners: A Question Of Quoting, Rob Pegoraro , April 9, 2008
April Foolin', Rob Pegoraro , April 1, 2008
Fandom 2.0: A Quiz, Rob Pegoraro , March 31, 2008
Facebook's New Levels of Friendship, Rob Pegoraro , March 21, 2008
Driven to Distraction, Rob Pegoraro , March 20, 2008
Farewell, Arthur C. Clarke, Rob Pegoraro , March 19, 2008
Methods of March Madness, Rob Pegoraro , March 17, 2008
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Tuesday Tidbits: Audio and DRM, Rob Pegoraro , February 26, 2008
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