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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in November 2008

Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays

11/26/2008
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.

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Are Apple Retailers Arming For A Price War?

11/25/2008
Best Buy is getting ready to slash prices on new Macs and other Apple products, and Apple has authorized employees of its own retail stores to match the price cuts, according to reports on Apple blogs. That's bad news for store margins, but good news for Apple fans hoping for some fruity goodness under the tree.

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First Look: iPhone 2.2 Makes A Great Thing Better

11/21/2008
The biggest improvement in the iPhone software Version 2.2 is in the Maps application -- particularly the addition of Street View. It's a slick implementation that gets a lot of information into a very small screen. You can figure out the new Street View and other Maps features easily, especially if you've already used Maps.

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Google Releases GrandCentral Desktop Software For Mac -- At Last

11/20/2008
Is it possible to be very happy and very disappointed with a service at the same time? That's the way I've felt about the GrandCentral phone service since Google bought it last year. I'm happy because GrandCentral does the job that I wanted it to do: Callers dial one number, and it rings my cell phone, office phone, and home phone, in any combination I desire.

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Is It Adultery If The Sex Happens In Second Life?

11/14/2008
Is cybersex adultery? That's a question faced by a U.K. couple, who divorced after she caught him having cybersex with another woman in Second Life. She called up the real-life lawyers and kicked the bum out. But is it really adultery if there's no physical contact? Is it cheating if the two people having relations never even see each other, or hear each others' voices?

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Tracking Twitter Trends With TwitScoop

11/13/2008
Keeping track of trends on Twitter is like walking down Main Street and being able to hear every single conversation by everyone you pass. Sometimes, the results are obvious. Last Tuesday, for example, everybody was talking about the U.S. presidential elections. But sometimes you pick up a couple of surprises.

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iPhone Getting Support For Wireless Podcast Updates

11/6/2008
The next iPhone software update will include the ability to download podcast episodes over the air, reducing the need to sync the device with a desktop computer, according to reports. For podcast listeners, that cuts another major tether attaching the iPhone to a desktop or notebook computer.

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Microsoft Is Stealing Apple's Mojo

11/5/2008
As early reviews of Windows 7 come in, it appears that Microsoft is getting a start at putting Vista behind it, the way the Coca-Cola Company did with New Coke. That's good news for Windows users -- and bad news for Apple, which has leveraged Microsoft's weakness to drive market gains.

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Follow The Election News On Twitter And Skip The Babbling Pundits

11/3/2008
Twitter is a great tool for following breaking news stories when you're just looking for the latest information and don't want to wade through an endless torrent of bull from pundits, analysts, commentators, and bloggers. Many news organizations feed their headlines to Twitter, and following those accounts gives you a concentrated source of facts without the fluff. On Election Night, I'll be looking to Twitter as my main source of information.

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The Great Experiment: Integrating FriendFeed With Twitter

11/3/2008
I've been playing around with a new FriendFeed feature that lets you copy all your FriendFeed posts to your Twitter account. I think I like it so far, although it's also possible that it will result in the complete destruction of the space/time continuum. Or, even worse, overwhelming Twitter with a lot of noise.

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