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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in June 2009

Firefox 3.5 Is Here

6/30/2009
Right on schedule, Mozilla Corp. shipped Firefox 3.5 about a minute ago, at about 11:20 am Eastern time. The new version adds performance improvements, privacy features, support for embedded video, and more. It comes into the world facing a more crowded and competitive market than before, as alternatives such as Google Chrome and Safari have emerged as viable alternatives to both Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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Apple's Snow Leopard: Bigger Than The iPhone 3GS?

6/29/2009
While all the Apple buzz is about the iPhone 3GS, Snow Leopard is looking like much more important announcement for Apple. Both were announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference a few weeks ago, they're both significant steps forward for existing products. While the 3GS is sexier, Snow Leopard has under-the-hood improvements in the operating system that will help carry Apple into the future.

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CIO Seeks Open Government In Brawling New York State Senate

6/29/2009
Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, is working to leverage information technology to get more people involved in politics. Politics needs more voices from the left, right, and center, he said. "Not just professional voices, the people paid to be there, but the people who are interested and have a concern about the workings of the legislators," he said.

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Could You Take An 'E-Mail Sabbatical'?

6/25/2009
danah boyd, a social media researcher for Microsoft and all-around brilliant person, switches off e-mail entirely when she goes on vacation. She directs all her incoming mail to the trash, and sets her vacation auto-responder to let people sending mail know that she won't read it, and they should contact her when she returns from vacation. Could you do that? How do you handle e-mail over vacation?

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Steve Jobs Reportedly Had Liver Transplant

6/20/2009
Steve Jobs, who went on medical leave in January because of an undisclosed medical condition, had a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. He's on the mend and will be back at work at the end of this month -- which is to say, within 10 days.

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Don't Let Iran's 'Twitter Revolution' Make You Stupid

6/19/2009
In two short years, Twitter has gone from a startup to celebrity plaything. Now, in the case of the election demonstrations in Tehran, it's apparently a serious tool of U.S. foreign policy. This leaves IT managers in government and business with the important role of steering their organizations between the twin dangers that face any fashionable emerging technology: Irrational exuberance on the one hand, and excessive skepticism on the other.

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How To Pay Less To Upgrade To The iPhone 3G S

6/16/2009
Owners of the current-generation iPhone 3G were in for a bit of disappointment when Apple announced the iPhone 3G S last week. When the new device goes on sale Friday, owners of the current-generation iPhone 3G will have to pay more for the new device than first-time iPhone owners. But 3G owners can still save money upgrading to the new 3G S -- here are some angles to expl

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Tehran, Twitter, And Human Connections

6/15/2009
Twitter and Facebook can help us strengthen our real-world connections with each other. We see that in our ordinary lives, every time we use Twitter or Facebook to arrange to have a cup of coffee with a friend or business associate. More seriously, these connections are being drawn in blood on the streets of Tehran.

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Candidate Obama Beat President Obama At Web 2.0

6/12/2009
When Barack Obama was running for President, he made aggressive use of Web 2.0 and social media, but as president he's been more cautious. Why? The Center for American Progress, a liberal policy and advocacy group, has the answer: It's a lot harder for a sitting president to use social media than it is for a candidate.

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Internet Faces Threat Of Breaking Apart

6/11/2009
The threat to the Internet posed by excessive consolidation, driven by big Internet service providers, has been thoroughly discussed. But consolidation isn't the only threat facing the Internet -- the network might also fragment, returning to the days of the 90s when we had proprietary networks like America Online, CompuServe, and Prodigy, and communications between them was difficult, according to a former Obama advisor.

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Apple, AT&T Kick Loyal Customers Where It Hurts

6/10/2009
I don't expect special treatment when I've been doing business with a company for a while, I'm generally content to be treated the same as anyone else. But I don't expect to be treated worse than other customers, to get the small half of the pie, the ice cream cone that somebody dropped on the ground. And yet that's what AT&T and Apple are doing with loyal iPhone customers.

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