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4:41 AM ET, February 19, 2007


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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Jobs says teachers unions protect bad teachers - can't reward the good ones  —  Steve Jobs is speaking out.  A few weeks ago he said the music labels should eliminate DRM protection.  This week he said "I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way".
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things  —  When your server farm is in the hundreds of thousands and you're using cheap, off-the-shelf hard drives as your primary means of storage, you've probably good a pretty damned good data set for looking at the health and failure patterns of hard drives.
Discussion: digg
Zonk / Slashdot:   Google Releases Paper on Disk Reliability
Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online  —  After catching up on the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, visitors to, the online version of the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, can get their minds back to business by scrolling …
Discussion: PaidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Revenue Stream For Bloggers: TextMark SMS Alerts  —  TextMarks will announce a new product tomorrow that allows publishers to charge people to receive breaking news and other information via text messages.  It's available now under a new "monetize" tab on the home page of the site.
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 …
gSpy:   Help Improve Google's Translation
Surprise!  Mall Shooter Didn't Own Video Games  —  It seems to be the vogue lately to blame video games for every violent crime attributed to a teenager.  Last week 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic went on a gun toting rampage through a Salt Lake City Mall killing five or six people …
Discussion:, Joystiq and digg
Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM  —  Comment Among all of Microsoft's announcements at the 3GSM show was buried a piece of news that almost certainly means the end for the unification of cellular instant messaging efforts around a GSM Association standard.  —  Exactly a year ago …
Internet Monkey / Monkey on Wordpress:
A Look At The Edgeio Marketplaces Beta - Full Walkthrough, Advice and Review  —  Edgeio was launched last year and was hyped as being the craigslist killer.  While it's uncertain if this new company can uproot the foothold that craigslist has managed to maintain right now in the online classifieds arena …
Discussion: Keith Teare's Weblog and Snipperoo
New York Times:
New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy  —  As media companies struggle to reclaim control over their movies, television shows and music in a world of online file-sharing software, they have found an ally in software of another kind.  —  The new technological weapon is content-recognition software …
Discussion: Lost Remote
YouTube antipiracy software policy draws fire  —  The media industry is clashing with YouTube over its proposal to offer antipiracy tools only to companies that have distribution deals with the top online video-sharing service, media insiders said.  —  YouTube, owned by Google …
Discussion: Slashdot
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Google's Page urges scientists to market themselves  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google co-founder Larry Page has a theory: your DNA is about 600 megabytes compressed, making it smaller than any modern operating system like Linux or Windows.  —  The programming language of humans, if you will …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
So, Who Says That a Blog Has to Blare?  —  MOST bloggers are not known for their reticence.  One purpose of blogging, after all, is to cast personal views far and wide.  —  But some people who long to blog are more circumspect and may be hesitating to begin, lest details of their private lives end up indexed on Google for all to see.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Troubling Signs for Indian Tech Outsourcers  —  If you are an investor in one of the many U.S.-listed technology outsourcing giants such as Infosys, then I have some bad news for you: they are no longer the cherished destination for the brightest and the smartest in India.
Jay Parkhill / Startup Review:
Jumpcut Case Study: Blueprint for a product acquisition  —  Why profiled on Startup Review  —  Jumpcut is an online community for video creators.  Jumpcut provides free video editing tools that let consumers upload short video segments and edit them online to add music and effects.
Eve Tahmincioglu / New York Times:
For Sale by Teenager: Lightly Used Gadget.  Cheap.  —  MANY of today's teenagers are sitting on a growing pile of consumer electronics — items like MP3 players and laptops.  And as they acquire the latest models, more of them are realizing that they can turn their older gadgets into cold hard cash.
Discussion: IP Democracy and larry borsato
Jeff Bailey / New York Times:
JetBlue's C.E.O. Is 'Mortified' After Fliers Are Stranded  —  The founder and chief executive of JetBlue Airways, his voice cracking at times, called himself "humiliated and mortified" by a huge breakdown in the airline's operations that has dragged on for nearly a week …
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
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Stop Him Before He Speaks Again!
Discussion: Bloomberg and M-Dollar
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