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Reboot Your Phone

New phones introduced at the CTIA Wireless industry confab in New Orleans: These data-centric handhelds, more closely resembling PDAs than phones, reflect Microsoft’s continued push into the wireless market with both the Pocket PC and Smartphone operating systems. They use the CDMA version of Pocket PC software and operate on …

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The Long and Winding Road

PBS’ Frontline has cobbled together an interesting backgrounder on the developments over the last 12 years leading to the impending military action against Saddam, called “The Long Road to War.” From the intro: With the United States apparently within days — if not hours — of launching a war against …

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PVRs “Less of a Threat”?

Research conducted by Procter & Gamble indicates viewers retain fast-forwarded commercials at about the same rate as normal speed: The surprising research has led at least some P&G marketing executives to conclude that TiVo may not pose the threat to TV advertising that many predict, according to executives close to …

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On To Baghdad

So war it is. Despite all the protests, Security Council machinations, negotiations and pundit clucking, predictions from six months ago that the US and Britain would invade Iraq in March will have been borne out within about 48 hours. Given the intractable arrogance of Saddam, and the mission George W. …

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Forbes Surveys Best Blogs

Arik Hesseldahl, the e-business columnist for Forbes.com is doing a a killer series on the best blogs out there in the land of blogatry. If Google’s recent acquisition of Pyra Labs, creator of the Blogger.com service, didn’t drive the point home, then we’ll spell it out. Blogging–the term is a …

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War Prep Tech and Repair

Much has happened since the last Gulf War: Hurtling over hostile, unfamiliar landscapes at speeds exceeding 500 miles per hour, today’s combat pilots have just seconds to identify their targets. “When you’re going a mile every six seconds you don’t really have a lot of time. You need to rapidly …

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Your Phone is D’oh-ing

Simpsons go wireless: you’ve ever wanted your cell phone to say “D’oh!” when someone calls, you’ll soon have the chance. Twentieth Century Fox on Monday said it has licensed “The Simpsons” to the wireless division of video game publisher THQ Inc. to be developed into games, ring tones, screensavers and …

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Diplomats Hacked

mi2g reports: The American Academy of Diplomacy was hacked yesterday at 18:15 GMT while the US, UK and Spanish leaders met at the Azores summit. It still remains vandalised at the time of this alert 14 hours later [it’s up now]. US Secretary of State Colin Powell had received the …

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Dixie Chick Damage Control

Nashville is NOT Hollywood. Do we need any more proof of that than two concurrent stories out of the Music City: the Charlie Daniels pro-war rant, producer for country TV channel replies, gets fired story; and the Dixie Chick Natalie Maines busts loose with an anti-Bush statement at a concert …

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Crazy New PVR

Tossing digital video around like a beanbag: Terratec will be presenting its latest modular digital video recorder system at CeBIT this week. Designed for the living room, the Lancaster AV 701 is a multi-station system that consists of an analogue or digital TV receiver, an 80GB hard disk (enough to …

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