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Today I'd like to answer a reader's recent e-mail to me in detail.

There's a clash of the titans brewing in the ongoing war of words between Adobe and Apple. Apple has implemented rules for iPad and iPhone developers that basically shut out Adobe Flash and several other third-party development programs from being used on Apple's devices.

I saw a video demo this week that really shows the iPad's potential to create a new way of looking at apps or programs.

Facebook is apparently about to introduce some changes, and a couple of these have the Internet buzzing. recently published several articles on this topic, which we review below.

Today, some of your e-mail questions answered:

The Apple iPad continues to get constant attention online, especially since its April 3 release date grows closer. Pre-orders were impressive but seem to have slowed down a bit.

Say what you will about Google, but no one can accuse them of standing still.

Today I want to address a common question from folks who are confused about social networking.

The introduction of the Apple iPad has led to a constant buzz online concerning touch screen devices, in particular e-books.

The Harvard Business Review recently presented an excellent article by Morten Hansen on five mistakes to avoid when working with others.

Earlier this week, Google released an add-on to G-mail designed to compete with Facebook and Twitter by providing a social interface similar to both. They call it Google Buzz, and already there is quite a bit of Internet buzz surrounding its release.

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One of my favorite episodes of the original "Star Trek" series had Mr. Spock trying to confuse a pair of identical female robots by telling one that he loved her, but telling her identical twin that he hated her. The object was basically to make them both "blow a fuse" by the illogical nature of his statement, since they were both exactly the same.

Thanks as always for your e-mails and suggestions for the column and podcast. Today I'd like to answer a few recent queries.

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was different from past shows in many respects. Probably the biggest news was the large number of tablets and e-book readers announced. It's difficult to draw a clear line of distinction between these two types of devices, but generally they break down like this:

Netbooks -- those small devices that are actually underpowered laptops -- make me yawn. My reasoning on this has always been that for the same money, you could buy a good used laptop with power to spare.

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