Mitch Wagner

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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in June 2008

Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages

The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.

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Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail

A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.

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Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection

Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.

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Should The U.S. Nationalize The Internet?

The Internet faces many problems from companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. Greedy businesses threaten innovation by trying to put an end to net neutrality, media companies want to control every Internet-connected device in an effort to lock down distribution channels, and spammers and other fraudsters have pretty much taken over e-mail. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that Vint Cerf, the so-called "father of the Internet," says maybe we should think of the Intern

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Firefox 3 Video Tour: The Awesome AwesomeBar

We're kicking off a series of videos showing off the top features of Firefox 3. This time, we're taking a peek at the AwesomeBar, an updated version of the good old browser location bar, designed to make it easier for you to return to your favorite Web pages again and again. The Awesome Bar is controversial -- many people love it (including me). But others hate it, and for those people, we've got tips for how to disable the AwesomeBar.

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AP Struggles To Save Face In Blogger Copyright Dispute

I don't blame The Associated Press for refusing to participate in a conversation about its attempts to overthrow government authority and rewrite copyright law to its own liking. The AP is like a husband who foolishly told his wife that the new jeans do make her butt look big. The best way to limit damage at that point is to simply shut up and hope the subject eventually goes away.

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TSA Thinks Pretend-Police Costumes Will Get Them Respect

The TSA gropes our crotches, paws through our stuff, makes us stand in long lines to get to our flights, and treats us like criminals. But the agency knows the real reason they're disliked is because they ain't stylin'. And they think realistic badges will be a solution to the problem.

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What Are The Best Political Blogs?

As part of preparing to work on our new Political Tech blog, I've been putting together a reading list of the best political blogs, newspapers, and magazines across the political spectrum. And now I'm coming to you, to share the list for your benefit and to find out if you have any recommendations.

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Location Awareness Is The Real iPhone Revolution

With the imminent availability of the iPhone 3G, we're seeing the emergence of a new category of personal productivity applications that will prove as important as e-mail, word processing, and the spreadsheet: Location-aware applications, software that knows where you are and helps you take better advantage of what's around you.

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Current iPhone Owners Are In The Dark About Device Upgrades

I bought an iPhone in the first few hours they were available, and I expect to do it again when the iPhone 3G ships next month. But what's the plan for current iPhone owners to upgrade to the iPhone 3G? Will we get a discount? Will we have to renew our service plan from AT&T? What can do we do with our current iPhones? Apple isn't talking about that just yet.

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Apple Sacrificing Short-Term Profits To Build An iPhone Platform

Apple's primary goal with the iPhone 3G is to saturate the market with iPhones, to make the device a major development platform alongside Windows and the Mac. That's why it's selling it cheap -- it wants to get as many devices into users' hands as possible, and it's willing to sacrifice some short-term profits to do it.

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iPhone 3G Analysis: Apple's Big Tease

The next-generation iPhone will be faster and cheaper to purchase than the current models, with support for location-based applications that will likely prove revolutionary. But the total cost of ownership will be higher.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Describes Upcoming Upgrades

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the service is working on upgrades including improved e-mail notifications, the ability to let users create groups of Twitter friends, new instant messaging and social media connectivity, and iPhone applications. However, they'll all have to wait on improving Twitters uptime, he said, which has recently been horrendous.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority

Twitter is working on adding the ability for users to separate their contacts into groups, support for sending and receiving messages by e-mail, and adding new instant-message and Internet channels for the service, said CEO Jack Dorsey in a one-on-one interview with InformationWeek. But first Twitter needs to fix the outages that have plagued the service for weeks -- that's the first and only priority for now, he said. We talked with Dorsey about uptime, the company's business model, and

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Goosh: A Command Shell For Google, By Gosh

At first I thought this was a nerdy joke, but I played with it a couple of minutes and by gosh it looks useful: Goosh is a Unix-like command line for Google. Type in any of about 20 commands, and Goosh returns the output from Google. Type web microsoft and Goosh returns search results on the Web for Microsoft, ordered by number -- enter any number to go to the corresponding Web page. wiki microsoft returns a Wikipedia search, video

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Twitter Struggles With Downtime, While Fending Off Irked A-List Bloggers

Twitter is coming off a rough couple of weeks. The service seemed to be down more often than up, and had to switch off services like SMS and instant messaging in order to throttle demand on its servers. If that wasn't enough, the Twitter team has had to fend off sniping from A-list bloggers like Robert Scoble -- who got the idea that Twitter was blaming him, personally, for the outage -- and TechCrunch.

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