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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).

The NSA’s Bulk Surveillance is Nearing its Expiration Date — Sometime in the next few days, Congress will tell us what it wants to do about the USA Patriot Act. It will either pass a bill that curbs the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone-calling records, extend the NSA's current authority under the Act, or deadlock and let the relevant section of the Act expire on June 1.

Woman Sues Verizon After Bad Customer Service Causes Heart Attack — A Virginia woman has sued Verizon Wireless for $2.35 million claiming the company caused her to have a heart attack during a customer service call.

Five apps for saving money on flights — As someone who is always on the go, I do everything I can to save money on flights. This used to mean spending lots of time price checking and comparison shopping on various travel sites. But today, a number of apps can help travelers score a good deal on a flight.

Why Pandora Pays Much More for the Music You Hear Than Radio Stations — Pandora, the best-known Web-radio service in America, has spent most of the last two years trying to buy one of the country's more obscure FM radio stations, KXMZ of Rapid City, S.D. But you can't blame this move on any new fondness at Pandora for either FM frequencies or the musical tastes of this town of 70,000 souls.

Unlimited wireless broadband possible, just not beyond phone — Q. Since the WiMax service I've been using for my home broadband is going away in early November, can I get an unlimited wireless-broadband plan like that from somebody else? I do not need TV service or any new wires being run through my house. Any suggestions? A.

The Deal Seeker: Exclusive Deal on Trackr, a Surface 3 Rebate, and More for Mom — This week in Deal Seeker: Don't tell Mom (how much money we're saving you). Keys, wallet, remote, phone, favorite shoes. Something is always lost just when you want it. And you have to stop and look for it, right?

Big Cable CEOs Insist Viewers Like Their Bundles, but the Tide Is Turning — CHICAGO-One of the most common questions I've gotten from readers and friends about my visit to the cable industry's Internet & Television Expo is some version of this: When are they going to stop pushing these enormous bundles of TV channels? Now that "INTX" has closed, I have an answer for most of you: not yet.

Iran's censors struggle to keep Bieber's abs off Instagram — Internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani, right, and Frederic Jacobs pose for a portrait photo at the international internet and society conference 're-publica' in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The researchers have found that Iranian censors are struggling to block Instagram photos of Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian as the service gains popularity in their country.

Google adds color-blind filter to its Chrome browser

Comcast Really, Really Wants You To Like It — CHICAGO-The nation's largest cable provider wants its subscribers to know that it's thinking about them. During a keynote at the cable industry's INTX ("Internet & Television Expo") show, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts took time to focus on how Comcast wants to fix some of the more painful parts of its pay-TV experience.
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May 22, 2015

The best way to ensure that a slight itch into your throat turns into a coughing fit: start recording a podcast.

May 22, 2015

RT @b_fung: Bipartisan journalist support here for a bill that forces officials to release their stuff earlier —>…

May 21, 2015

@DougonTech No, Atlanta's land-use planning remains inferior. I stand by that assessment!

May 21, 2015

@brettglass To address your original point, wireline phone service runs at nine nines of reliability and yet is enmeshed in Title II.

May 21, 2015

@brettglass You are the least persuasive net-neutrality opponent I have ever dealt with.

May 21, 2015

@recreateco Had hoped to say hi to you all tonight, but our malfunctioning Metro had other ideas.

May 21, 2015

@brettglass Brett, shut up. That is an insultingly stupid argument, even by your usual standards.

May 21, 2015

Farragut West just now. Metro: This needs to stop. Local governments: It won't unless you pay more to fix Metro.

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