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In its Superfish scheme, Lenovo apparently couldn't be bothered to learn from other attempts to ad-monetize products and services that already have paying customers. But on the off chance other companies would like to educate themselves, I wrote a recap for +Yahoo Tech of how Lenovo (and Verizon Wireless and AT&T) went astray trying to turn customers into ad demographics.
About the nicest thing you can say about Lenovo shipping some of its computers with Superfish adware that fatally compromised its online security is this: It wasn’t the first. And it won't be the last. Here's a look at how other companies have tried to goose their revenues by selling customer behavior data on products that customers had already paid for.
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What if privacy is becoming a luxury good?
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If you, like me, spend a lot of time in Google Calendar, please have a look at this weekend's +USA TODAY Q&A and let me know if either a) you have different default notification settings, and b) if I missed any other ways to limit how often and in how many places Google notifies you about upcoming events and invitations. 
Q. I don't need Google to e-mail me and pop up a notification on all my devices when an event's happening in 10 minutes. Can Google Calendar please pipe down? A. Yes, but you'll probably need to tell Google's
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I miss David Carr too. I knew that he wrote like an angel and tolerated no bullshit in his New York Times column, that his honest and humane Twitter presence was one of the better reasons to be on that social network, and that it seemed reasonable to be a…
I miss David Carr too. I knew that he wrote like an angel and tolerated no bullshit in his New York Times column, that his honest and humane Twitter presence was one of the better reasons to be on ...
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The first thing to do when shopping for a WiFi hotspot: decide if you need one at all or can get by with tethering off your phone. If that cheaper option won't work, have a look at my guide for +The Wirecutter.
If you’re constantly on the road with multiple devices in need of a data connection, you should get Verizon's Jetpack MiFi 6620L. When picking a hotspot, the
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We’re now over a month into 2015, and yet when I looked down at the dates I’d typed below, half of them ended in “2014.” It’s a good thing I don’t write checks anymore. 2/2/2015: Meet the Software Developer Responsible for One of the Super Bowl’s Most…
We're now over a month into 2015, and yet when I looked down at the dates I'd typed below, half of them ended in "2014." It's a good thing I don't write checks anymore. 2/2/2015: Meet the Software ...
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Something is happening with Verizon’s login system, and I don’t know what it is. My issues started sometime last week, when I tried to log into my account. It rejected the password that had worked with the generic explanation that “The information you…
Something is happening with Verizon's login system, and I don't know what it is. My issues started sometime last week, when I tried to log into my account. It rejected the password that had worked ...
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Good.  My important passwords are unique, but the unimportant ones (slashdot, work email, etc. ) are designed to be memorable so that I don't have to carry a laminated card with me.
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I suppose I should be watching the Oscars now–but first there was dinner, cleaning up and then this little routine. For what it’s worth, I’ve watched a surprisingly high number of this year’s nominees given my father-of-a-toddler status. But aside from…
I suppose I should be watching the Oscars now--but first there was dinner, cleaning up and then this little routine. For what it's worth, I've watched a surprisingly high number of this year's nomi...
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One of the lesser-known facts about me is that on Fridays during Lent, I don’t almost never eat meat. It’s not that I’m anybody’s idea of a devout Catholic… but several years ago, I thought that giving up meat on Fridays during those 40 days would be a…
One of the lesser-known facts about me is that on Fridays during Lent, I don't almost never eat meat. It's not that I'm anybody's idea of a devout Catholic... but several years ago, I thought that ...
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The reaction to last weekend’s USA Today column has been interesting and a little confusing. On one hand, I’ve seen a variety of reader reports–more in reader e-mail and in comments on the post I wrote here first to see if this was a wider problem as well…
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I've seen that a couple times, but rarely. I don't use Verizon. It's highly annoying when it happens. Still love Lastpass.
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Someday, I will come across a technopanic story gone viral that really is true. But the line that a Samsung Smart TV is always listening in the background looks like complete BS--the product of rushed rewrites of one guy's tweet in which reporters couldn't even, y'know, RTFM about the device in question. My unpacking of this mess is at +Yahoo Tech. 
We all talk back to our TVs. Most of the time, they don’t bother to listen. It would be terrible, actually, if our TVs were actually tuned in to us, if they listened to what we said and uploaded our conversations to the Internet. After yesterday's news, you may think some TVs do just that. Relax. They don't.
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Now how are we supposed to panic and drive page views if we all treat this reasonably?
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This weekend's +USA TODAY column basically issues a fatwa against using Verizon e-mail, on account of that company semi-randomly rejecting valid passwords not just in one browser, but in a particular installation of that browser--and even clearing Verizon cookies and trying a login in a private-browsing window. Can anybody explain how an authentication system could break down like that?
Q. I tried to log into my Verizon account and was told that the password that worked a week ago didn't match--and when I reset my password, the new one didn't work either. What's going on? A. I don't know. I
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Was there some sort of televised sports event tonight? I kind of lost track while I was tweeting about commercials. 1/26/2015: Review: Sling TV Delivers ESPN for $20 a Month, No Cable Required, Yahoo Tech The odds of me paying for this $20/month…
Was there some sort of televised sports event tonight? I kind of lost track while I was tweeting about commercials. 1/26/2015: Review: Sling TV Delivers ESPN for $20 a Month, No Cable Required, Yah...
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Curious, sometimes cranky freelance tech journalist; occasional international statesman of goodwill
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I try to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through my reporting, reviewing and analysis. I've done that in multiple channels: print, Web, social media, radio, TV, podcasts and public-speaking appearances.

The bulk of my work so far has been at the Washington Post, where I wrote a consumer-tech column for the Business section from September of 1999 to April of 2011. For most of those years, I also hosted Web chats, did a weekly Q&A tech feature and blogged for the paper.

I started at the Post in 1993 by sorting mail and answering phones. I also proofread copy, assigned and edited stories, spent an unholy amount of time in meetings, wrote for almost every section of the paper (National, Metro, Style, Sports, Business, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Outlook, Sunday Arts, Sunday Source, Travel, Book World and the Magazine), and appeared on the front page all of three times.
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Married, one kid. Have run two marathons and biked 11 centuries (but none recently!). Can tie a bow tie by hand.
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