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Buyer beware. According to an analysis of more than 20,000 notebook computers it has repaired, NoteFix recently concluded that Toshiba America Inc., Sony Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. notebooks are the most commonly repaired brands, in that order. IBM Corp. notebooks needed the fewest repairs, the Bedford, Mass., has reported on its site, at www.notefix.com. That said, NoteFix also found that Toshiba notebooks were the easiest to fix. The company acknowledged the study isn't scientific; it only supports seven brands. The company also said its analysis doesn't take into account the size of a brand's installed base.

Can you hear me, er, see me now? They're called mobisodes and Verizon Wireless has them. Earlier this month, the cellular company launched two new Twentieth Television-produced shows for customers of its V Cast, 3G wireless broadband service. 'The Sunset Hotel' is a tawdry soap opera set in Los Angeles; 'Love and Hate' is a fictional reality show (you heard that right). Fresh mobisodes of each are posted Wednesdays.

Bring it to the states, please! Rough Valentine's Day? Maybe you ended up on a date you wish you hadn't. Unhappy singles in Australia got an answer to their unspoken pleas. Virgin Mobile launched what can only be described as an excuse service. When a date goes south, customers discreetly dial three numbers into their mobile phones and receive a callback with the perfect get-out-of-date-free excuse. 'We'll even talk them through what to say,' according to the company. Did anyone get blown off by a cute, distracted Australian last week?

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