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Next door to Washington, DC
Freelance Technology Journalist
Covers:  digital culture, telecom, gadgets, tech policy, smartphones, consumer electronics, computers, social media, internet
Doesn't Cover: software, enterprise

Journalist who covers/is often vexed by computers, gadgets and other things that beep. Read: @YahooTech, @USATODAYtech, elsewhere. Write:

Rob Pegoraro's Biography

Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis–from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist, now for a variety of online and print outlets. He may be the only person to have written for both Reader's Digest and Boing Boing.

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

The first keyboard I used was on a manual typewriter, and now I own one myself... largely for ironic purposes.

How is social media changing news?

The conversation with readers about a story no longer starts after you publish that piece; it's now a continuum.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

You're curious, you're in perpetual beta, and your first instinct when something's wrong is to reach for a keyboard (or touchscreen).

BlackBerry will pay you up to $550 to dump your iPhone 6 for the Passport — Do you want to be super productive with a rugged phone that will help you work wide and do real work? Even better, do you want to get $550 to buy it just for trading in your wimpy, un-wide iPhone 6? There's great news for you, then.

Is The Uber Problem Changing How Startups Treat Privacy? Not Much. — It's been a rough month for privacy in the world of tech startups. A round of unappealing revelations have left the car-dispatch service Uber looking more than a little creepy, and other tech newcomers don't appear much better.

Well-Encrypted Phones on Vulnerable Cellular Networks: Anxiety All Around — The police are upset about Apple and Google's latest smartphone advances. The problem is the encryption in both iOS 8 and Android Lollipop operating systems. It is turned on by default and there is no master key that Apple or Google can give to investigators, even if they have a warrant.

Comcast changes tune on 'change of service' fee — Q: Comcast is hitting me with a $2.99 fee to cancel my service. Is that right? A: That "change of service" surcharge has been a poorly disclosed part of the cable giant's price structure for a long time, but Comcast says it's finally going away.

Nexus 6 review: Stop the screen-specs madness — You're not going to sneak up on anybody with a Nexus 6 in your hand. The latest smartphone from Google stands out for a few things, but its gigantic 5.96-inch screen leads the list.

Here is everything on sale at Best Buy for Black Friday — Tech fans and gadget lovers are surely waiting for this year's Black Friday sales bonanza to kick off, and the first Black Friday ads have already been published, including Best Buy's 47-page Black Friday listing which was dug up by BFAds. According to the site, Best Buy will start its Black Friday Sale at 5:00 p.m.

Chinese spend billions in world's biggest online shopping day — China's biggest annual shopping bonanza smashed records Tuesday as online sales on Alibaba alone hit $8 billion, more than the total racked up the same day last year across all platforms. That followed a frenetic morning of shopping -- sales on Alibaba's e-shopping platforms exceeded $2 billion in just the first hour.

5 Things to Know About Obama’s Net-Neutrality Push — President Obama posted a note to the Internet on Monday morning, admitting a mistake: When it comes to keeping the Internet open for everybody's creativity, we've been doing this wrong since at least 2002. He proposed we hit the Undo button. Why? Put simply, fast Internet access in the U.S.

Facebook won't unfriend Flash, but it should — Q. Facebook requires Flash to watch video on my desktop, but not on my phone. Why the mismatch? A. It's frustrating - you see a video a friend shared, complete with what looks like a functioning "play" button, but when you click it you only get a "Flash Player upgrade required" error message.

How Verizon Wireless Is Tracking You All Around the Web — What if the one company that stays with you wherever you go on the Internet - that is, your Internet provider - started inserting cookies in your webpages and could track your online habits for marketing purposes? That is basically what Verizon Wireless is doing, and it's the cause of justifiable outrage.
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Nov 27, 2014

I'm thankful I've basically checked out of the NFL, so I can laugh at our local franchise's high-priced haplessness:…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @tbridge: I'm just saying, baseball score cards are useful as Gantt charts, okay?

Nov 26, 2014

I so hope the last two hours of PR pitches I've received were scheduled hours or days ago.

Nov 26, 2014

@tjl @waldojaquith Reasonable regulation of drones will be possible until you can buy them with guns preinstalled.

Nov 26, 2014

Do I feel lucky? How about the Nexus 4 that's displaying this update-ready notification?

Nov 26, 2014

Who are these idiots taking drones into airport flight paths, and who are the people who know them and say nothing?…

Nov 26, 2014

Prefs evolution, Mavericks to Yosemite: You can see six saved WiFi networks, up from four (…).

Nov 26, 2014

I endorse my friend @saschasegan's "call to inaction": Don't go holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.,281…

Nov 26, 2014

Google's invite-only way to pay sites for ad-free reading:… (Unlinked in @justinnxt's post:…)

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