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1:45 PM ET, February 18, 2007


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Apple CEO lambasts teacher unions  —  AUSTIN - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions Friday, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.  —  Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
The Old Guard Flexes Its Muscles (While It Still Can)  —  JEFF ZUCKER, the newly minted chief executive of NBC Universal, ventured to the Times Square headquarters of Viacom two Wednesdays ago with Peter A. Chernin, president of the News Corporation.  It was not a social call …
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Frankie /
Bungie Weekly Update  —  Hot holy crap!  —  Halo 3 Teaser Revealed!  —  Several months ago, work began with folks over the MGS Marketing team to develop the "brand identity" for Halo 3.  This basically refers to the look and feel that will come to represent the game to fans and customers around the world.
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy, Joystiq and digg
KPaul /
Halo 3 Beta FAQ
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy, Kotaku and digg
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MPAA rips off freeware author  —  The author of ForestBlog, a blogging tool, has discovered that the MPAA was using his code in violation of his license.  He gives the code away for free, but requires that users link back to his site and keep his name on the software.
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License  —  Patrick Robin, a 29 year old web developer from South England, is the developer of an ASP-based blogging platform called Forest Blog.  He distributes it freely under a linkware license, asking that anyone who uses it merely link back to his site where Forest Blog is offered for download.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
A day at NPR  —  Yesterday was a treat.  —  I spent the day at NPR with five other consultants — Zadi Diaz, Jeff Jarvis, Doc Searls, and Euan Semple, and Jay Rosen — brought in by Rob Paterson, who has been consulting to NPR for months.  As Jeff Jarvis points out (in a post that covers …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Following your dreams  —  One thing I try to teach Patrick, my 13-year-old son, is that he can make his dreams happen.  That's why today I'm taking him to the San Francisco Apple store.  No, dummy, not to check out the latest Macs or iPods, but to meet Aaron Stanton.  —  Who's he?
Justin Fox / Time:
Getting Rich off Those Who Work for Free  —  It might seem very odd to look to a long-dead Russian anarchist for business advice.  But Peter Kropotkin's big idea—that there are important human motivations beyond what he called "reckless individualism"—is very relevant these days.
Discussion: Infothought, Snipperoo and TIME
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
If Captain Jack Sparrow had a toaster  —  I'm not really sure what this gadget's product page is saying, because it's all in German.  But regardless, I want this toaster.  It's sleek, black, and printed with a skull-and-crossbones as well as a bizarre Guns & Roses reference ("Sweet Toast of Mine" …
Discussion: digg
Feld Thoughts:
Dick Costolo Re-Blogging  —  When I first met Dick Costolo - the CEO of FeedBurner (well before I had invested in FeedBurner), he had a blog called SomethingICantRemember that had a hysterical "what would I do if I was CEO of Disney" post.  Over the last three years we've become really good friends and business partners.
Discussion: Chip Griffin
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Google sues Polish poets over  —  WARSAW (AFP) - Google has launched legal action against a group of Polish poets, demanding that they give up their Internet domain name, a member of the cultural collective said.  —  Izabela Krawczyk of GMAiL — the "Grupa Mlodych Artystow i Literatow …
Phil Butler / Profy.Com:
Polish Poets Threaten Google Supremacy!
Geoffrey Mack / Alexa:
Alexa Traffic Improvements Galore!  —  A few moments ago we released some exciting changes to Alexa's Traffic Detail pages.  We are very pleased with the results and we think you will be too:  —  Where are users coming from Geographically?  —  This one is a biggie.
Discussion: 901am, and CenterNetworks
Microsoft shares tumble on CEO comments  —  Software maker's stock slips after Ballmer warns that analysts' forecasts on Vista sales were too 'aggressive.'  —  BOSTON (Reuters) — Microsoft Corp. shares fell as much as 2.7 percent on Friday, their biggest drop in nine months …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia 6280 overheats, erupts in smoke on video  —  We've seen dozens and dozens of aftermath photos from laptops and other random batteries suddenly possessing violently explosive tendencies, but we all know full motion video is more satisfying than simple stills.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newest Flash Tools on Display at Photobucket  —  The latest Flash photo/video/sound editing tools that we mentioned last week are now enabled at Photobucket for premium users, and will go live for all users in March.  Geoff Baum at Adobe confirmed that these tools are not yet available anywhere on the web except for Photobucket.
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