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11:40 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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Jobs says teachers unions protect bad teachers - can't reward the good ones
Discussion: Scobleizer and hubbub
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Note to Steve Jobs: unions are only half of school's problems
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 …
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gSpy:
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Discussion: MSFTextrememakeover
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
Reuters:
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
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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 …
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.
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
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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Slashdot:
MPAA Violates Another Software License
Discussion: TorrentFreak and digg
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
 
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