Ed OswaldContributor, PCWorld

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Court orders music pirate Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay original fine of $222,000

Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered to pay for downloading pirated music. Could a possible Supreme Court fight settle the issue of how much a pirated song is worth?

Microsoft goes public with holiday store plans

Microsoft plans to open 32 new retail locations in time for the holiday season.

Intel Chips to Support Wireless Charging by 2014

The chipmaker may offer an alternative technology to the Qi standard supported by the Wireless Power Consortium.

Wolfram Alpha’s personal analytics service is cool—when it's not overloaded

Wolfram Alpha’s new personal analytics service

Mobile Payment System Isis Looks Set for September Debut

The Isis service for paying for goods and services via smartphone initially will be available in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas.

LG's Game World Will Bring Video Games to Cinema 3D Smart TVs

LG will be bringing a new gaming-specific app store to its Cinema 3D Smart TV line laterthi

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Wall Street Journal Provides Free Wi-Fi in NYC and SF

The Wall Street Journal will be providing free Wi-Fi hotspots scattered throughout New York City and San Francisco through the end of September.

The New Kindle Fire -- What It Needs to be a Hit

The first Kindle Fire redefined what an inexpensive tablet could be. But with the rumored iPad Mini on the way, is being inexpensive good enough?

Klout Now Wants To Measure Your Real-World Influence

Klout updates the way it computes your Klout score, which will bring your score more in line with real-world influence versus social networking prowess.

Google Buys Frommer’s Travel Guides To Bulk Up Reviews

Google acquires yet another big name in the travel and recreation space. Will this move encourage the FTC to come knocking on the search giant’s door once again?

Amazon Starts Fire Sale on Kindle DX

The Kindle DX is now $269.

Facebook Turns to Users to Help Combat Phishing

Facebook has set up a special email address for users to forward suspicious emails to.

Microsoft Opening a Dozen Stores for the Holidays

Microsoft is preparing to open an additional dozen pop-up stores across the country, just in time for the holidays.

Are Your Facebook Likes Free Speech?

Some courts have said no, but the social networking site and the ACLU argue otherwise.

Opinions Mixed on Apple's Deletion of YouTube from iOS 6

While a significant number of our readers with iOS devices are not happy with Apple’s decision to give YouTube the boot, some see a silver lining.

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