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6:00 PM ET, February 18, 2007

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dfw.com:
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.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Steve Jobs blasts teacher unions and textbook industry  —  In a rare public statement about a subject other than iPods or Macs, Steve Jobs said that "unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy," and that technology in the classroom isn't going to improve …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Note to Steve Jobs: unions are only half of school's problems
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Jobs says teachers unions protect bad teachers - can't reward the good ones
Discussion: hubbub
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Stop Him Before He Speaks Again!  —  Please Hammer, don't hurt him.  —  Just keep him quiet!  Should we expect another mea-culpa in the inbox?  — Seattle-PI: Stock falls on Ballmer speech  — Seattle-Times blogs: Ballmer's update: Reading (between) the lines and Brier Dudley - What's up with Vista?
Discussion: M-Dollar
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Then and now: Assessing Ballmer's Vista comments  —  Settling back in after a little time away, it's easy to see why Wall Street was surprised — and not in a good way — by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's observation that some analysts are overestimating Windows Vista's potential impact on the company's revenue.
Discussion: MSFTextrememakeover
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google lets you suggest a better translation  —  Have you ever translated a website into another language only to find the result even more confusing?  Well, there is a new feature in Google Translate that lets users suggest an alternative for incorrectly translated phrases — likely adding …
Discussion: Googlified
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Help Improve Google's Translation  —  Google fancy algorithms more than human editing and that's why all most everything, from search results to advertisement delivery system, are all automated.  But when it comes to languages, Google might need some help from humns to make it sound more natural.
Frankie / bungie.net:
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 and digg
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
HitTail blog topic suggestion engine  —  The concept of the Long Tail describes the phenomenon where the vast majority of statistically less popular items so significantly outweigh the tall head of popular content that there is actually more value to be mined from this "long tail" than the value of the popular items.
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.
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Smaran / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Beyond JPEG  —  It's surprising that the venerable JPEG image compression standard, which dates back to 1986, is still the best we can do for photographic image compression.  I can't remember when I encountered my first JPEG image, but JPEG didn't appear to enter practical use until the early 90's.
Discussion: digg
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?
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google heard Aaron — so now what?
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
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Google Reader Starts Reporting Subscriber Numbers and Shows How Much Ground They've Taken from Bloglines  —  Many bloggers with Feedburner running their feeds noticed a bump in subscriber numbers over the last couple of days (my own jumped from 11,000 to 18,000 - partly as a result of two posts on Digg's popular page).
 
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