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For the first time since 2011 (I'm sure Intuit's PR people wish the streak would have persisted longer), I'm devoting a column to the self-imposed complexity of the tax code. Today's Yahoo Tech post unpacks the long and mostly successful campaign by Intuit, other tax-prep firms, and Washington groups like Americans for Tax Reform* and the Computer & Communications Industry Association to thwart state and federal efforts to allow taxpayers to file and pay directly at government sites instead of going through third parties like Intuit.

* My tax guy works at ATR. I hope he doesn't fire me after this column!

** I wrote about tech-policy issues for a year at CCIA's Disruptive Competition Project blog. 
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This weekend's +USA TODAY Q&A is one of those topics I should have researched years ago. Instead it took a question from a friend earlier this week to push me to start looking up prices and estimating costs for six wireless resellers (+Consumer Cellular,  +CREDO Mobile, +NET10 WIRELESS, +Republic Wireless+Straight Talk, +TracFone), most of which charge less for service than the nationwide carriers from whom they buy their capacity. 
You can save money with a so-called 'MVNO,' but there are some tradeoffs.
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Today is Gmail's 10th birthday. Which means Google PR sent these stickers to me and other tech journalists a little less than 10 years ago.
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This week's Yahoo Tech column could be read as an endorsement of T-Mobile buying Sprint--but, alas, that possibility doesn't appear to be on the table.
For the past few months, the most annoying relationship gossip in the wireless industry has been the will-they-or-won’t-they chatter about Sprint making a bid for T-Mobile. It cited the obligatory “people familiar with the matter” as saying that Sprint, newly invigorated after being bought by the Japanese telecom giant SoftBank, was contemplating a purchase of its smaller rival. The Federal Communications Commission, having helped short-circuit...
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In today's Yahoo Tech column, I wade into the weeds of Internet governance--specifically, Friday's news that the U.S. will hand over its essentially unexercised supervision of the DNS root zone file. Nobody can say I'm trolling for pageviews with this one...
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Today's +USA TODAY column recaps three different reasons a reader heard from Comcast about why she couldn't use a purchased cable modem that was listed on its approved-devices list. After the column had been edited, my reader wrote in to note that she'd just been told a fourth.
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Getting into the weeds of browser security models, JavaScript coding and Web-app development may have been a huge mistake in today's +USA TODAY Q&A. But I felt compelled to try anyway, if only so I could finally understand why parts of Google Docs don't work in Safari.
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Here, I have an excuse to cover a different Google product--Google DNS, now one of the Turkish government's less popular services. But as much as I wanted to excoriate the fools in Ankara who think that getting all butthurt about Western social networks is a viable long-term strategy, I can't say they came up with all of these moves without drawing some inspiration from past events in the U.S.
Somebody having an argument on Twitter is not news. Somebody having an argument with Twitter could be news. Somebody who runs a government that controls a country’s Internet access who has an issue with Twitter? Supporters of Republican People’s Party (CHP) shout anti-government slogans outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara April 1, 2014.
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I strongly suspect many of you have had a friend switch from an iPhone to some other make of smartphone, then had the same friend wonder why text messages from iOS-using pals suddenly stopped showing up. This week's +USA TODAY column unpacks the problem, and how Apple's failure to document possible workarounds makes it worse than it has to be.
Q. After my iPhone was stolen, I replaced it with an Android phone — and now text messages sent to me vanish, because iMessage keeps trying to send them to my old phone. How do I turn that off? A. Complaints
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The view from behind the microphone at +WAMU 88.5's studio during my appearance on +The Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday. (It's not obvious in this shot, but the studio windows are at street level, facing Connecticut Avenue. Whenever Kojo gets around to interviewing Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, that sidewalk is going to be mobbed.)
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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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