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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in July 2009

New York's Facebook Race Fracas

7/29/2009
A young aide to a New York City politician joined the long parade of people who've learned the hard way that what you say on the Internet matters. Lee Landor, until recently deputy press secretary to Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, posted comments on her personal Facebook page criticizing Henry Louis Gates and the President, and apparently defending racial profiling

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Open Government Initiative Gets Mixed Reviews

7/17/2009
It's comforting to note that even the Obama White House faces the same problems in jump-starting Web 2.0 initiatives that the rest of us face: Not enough people participating, and, of the people who do participate, many are looking to hijack the forum to serve their own agenda.

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Journalists Get Left Out By Social Media

7/10/2009
When Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, she gave a cursory announcement to journalists, then moved on to tell her story directly to her supporters using Twitter and Facebook. This is the latest example of traditional journalists being disintermediated by government and other newsmakers, and it will make a big difference in the careers of IT managers (and me too, as a journalist).

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Why Google Chrome OS Will Fail

7/9/2009
Google Chrome OS is a blogger's dream product. It's a lightweight operating system designed for fast bootup and running Web applications. It's based on Linux. And it's designed to stick Microsoft in the eye-everybody loves to stick Microsoft in the eye. But in reality, I don't see Chrome OS as having much appeal. This is a product that's doomed to fail.

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UK Spy Chief's Embarrassing Photos Teach Social Media Security Lesson

7/9/2009
The wife of Sir John Sawers, the new head of British spy agency MI6, caused a stir when she posted personal family information to Facebook, including an unflattering photo of the middle-aged bureaucrat wearing nothing but Speedos swim trunks while on vacation at the beach. It's a silly, tabloid story-but it also teaches a serious lesson about social media security.

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Google's Chrome OS Threatens Linux, Is Good For Microsoft

7/8/2009
Google's announcement late Tuesday that it's developing a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser sounds great at first. But the more I looked into the meager information available, the less attractive the offering seemed. The first problem with the operating system is that it's vaporware; it's not going to be available for more than a year. Also, it threatens to fragment the Linux community, crippling Linux in exactly the way Unix suffered more than a decade ago.

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Video: iPhone Tips And Tricks

7/6/2009
Even if you didn't get a new iPhone recently, you did. In addition to rolling out new the new iPhone 3GS hardware last month, Apple introduced its iPhone 3.0 firmware update for free for all iPhone users, and at a nominal cost for users of the iPod Touch. Version 3.0 has so many new features, it's like getting a new iPhone. Watch this video for some tips and tricks on getting the most from the new software.

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Universal Internet Access: Not As Simple As It Appears

7/2/2009
Internet advocates have been saying for years that America needs policies to ensure "universal access," but that's a more complicated goal than just saying "everybody should have access to the Internet." A former Obama advisor says government needs to determine what levels of access should be universal-how fast is fast enough? And another part of universal access is making sure the Internet doesn't fragment into multiple, mutually incompatible networks.

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ReviewCam: My Firefox 3.5 Picks & Pans

7/1/2009
The latest version of Firefox is a solid upgrade, adding performance improvements, geolocation, better tab-handling, and a new privacy mode to help keep your addiction to Cute Overload a secret. Take a look at this video, where we put Firefox 3.5 through its paces.

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