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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

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A federal appeals court has struck down the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s existing net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband providers from discriminating against certain kinds of network traffic. The key to the verdict is that since the FCC has explicitly exempted broadband providers from classification as common carriers, it can’t regulate them as such. However, the FCC can still require broadband providers to disclose how they manage traffic, thus forcing disclosure of what large content companies might be paying for prioritized delivery. The FCC’s options at this point are either to further appeal the ruling or change its rules.favicon follow link