Facebook Privacy Woes, Google Tablets on PCWorld Podcast 77

On this week's show, Technologizer founder Harry McCracken and David Spark of Spark Media Solutions join PCWorld editors Robert Strohmeyer and Jason Cross to explore the ever deepening chasm of Facebook privacy problems.

We also examine Zynga's plans to create a gaming site outside of Facebook, and whether Facebook's retaliation could finally (hopefully!) end those annoying Farmville posts.

Meanwhile, Google is reported to be working on an Android tablet for Verizon's wireless network. Will it ever present a threat to Apple's iPad, or will it fall on the pile of also-ran slates that came before?

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Yet Another Facebook Privacy Fiasco on PCWorld Podcast 76

This week on the PCWorld Podcast, editors Robert Strohmeyer, Mark Sullivan, Ginny Mies, and Nick Mediati dig into the latest Facebook privacy fiasco, uncovered by the PCWorld and Macworld teams on Wednesday night. Nick Mediati recaps how the problem was spotted, and how Facebook responded to our story.

Our resident telecom watcher, senior editor Mark Sullivan, talks us through the FCC's new overtures toward regulating the broadband industry, and what it means for the future of net neutrality.

And Ginny Mies gives us her take on the latest Android phone to hit T-Mobile, the MyTouch 3G Slide. It's svelte and smart, with a full keypad housed in its tiny frame. Could this be the smartphone for you?

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Pana.ma CEO David Hayden on PCWorld Podcast 75

Are asynchronous voice and video the next wave in social media? Pana.ma CEO David Hayden thinks so. His social media service takes on Twitter and Facebook with a voice messaging twist, and may soon offer video, too. This week, David Hayden joins PCWorld editors Jason Cross, Robert Strohmeyer, and Ginny Mies to talk about Pana.ma, as well as the hot topics from the tech headlines.

The slow decline of Palm may finally be coming to an end as HP swoops in with a $1.2 Billion buyout. What's in it for HP, and what will it mean to you and me? We explore the possibilities.

Finally, BlackBerry 6 debuted this week, and PCW phones editor Ginny Mies has the scoop.

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PCWorld Podcast 74: Best Places to Buy Tech

Where do you go to find the best service and selection on tech gear? PCWorld's editors and contributors have fanned out across the country and across the Web to see which major retailers have the best selection to choose from, the most helpful and knowledgeable sales people, and the best deals. While we're still feverishly tallying the results of all this research, PCWorld senior editor Anne McDonald and editorial intern Rachel Sadon give us a preview of our upcoming feature, "Where the Deals Are."

Meanwhile, the imbroglio over Gizmodo's handling of a lost (and found) iPhone 4G prototype has the Web buzzing over questions about ethics, trade secrets, and Apple's next big release. And yep, we've got something to say about it. (Meanwhile, Lufthansa has offered the poor guy who lost the phone a free flight to Germany.)

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Netbook Roundup, Microsoft Kin, HTC Incredible, and iPad Checkup on PCWorld Podcast 73

Join PCWorld editors Mark Sullivan, Robert Strohmeyer, Ginny Mies, and Jason Cross as they dive into the hottest topics on the Web this week.

First up, Jason Cross has been rounding up and testing a cavalcade of netbooks. As the boundaries of what we call a "netbook" have begun to blur, getting the best deal on a tiny portable PC has become a dicey proposition. Jason explains the main points to consider in choosing the right system for your needs.

Microsoft and HTC have both unveiled new cell phones this week. Ginny Mies talks us through the features that make the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two, and the Android-based HTC Incredible worth checking out.

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Apple iPad Launches on PCWorld Podcast 72

After what feels like a decade of rumors, waiting, and speculation, the Apple iPad has finally hit the streets. PCWorld's editors have spent the day exploring it from nearly every angle, including smashing one to see how well it takes a beating. Listen in as we take off the gloves, cut through the hype, and talk seriously about Apple's latest creation. (Spoiler alert: There are some things we like, and a few things we hate.)

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nVidia's Blazing Graphics Card and HTML5 on PCWorld Podcast 71

This week on the PCWorld Podcast, editors Tim Moynihan, Jason Cross, Nick Mediati, and Nate Ralph mark the last day of a non-iPad world by discussing nVidia's first Fermi architecture graphics card and the possibilities for HTML5.

Jason Cross and Nate Ralph have been testing the nVidia GeForce GTX 480 DirectX 11 graphics card, and it's blazing in more ways than one. Learn why they think the single-GPU graphics card is oddly late to the game, how it fared in our round of synthetic testing, and whether they think serious gamers should run out and buy one or hold their horses.

With all the Apple vs. Flash sparring, the iPad-maker is placing a lot of pressure on HTML5. The next-generation Web markup language is being touted for its video, multimedia, and offline storage capabilities, and if anything can spur widespread HTML5 development, it's a shiny new Apple toy to run it on. Nick Mediati discusses the potential and limitations of HTML5, and the mini format war taking shape in this arena.

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