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1:25 PM ET, February 21, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
“Hurricane Carol” Bartz Could Announce a Major Yahoo Management Reorg Next Week  —  Several sources inside and outside Yahoo told BoomTown that new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz could be ready to announce a major reorganization of its management structure as early as next week, most likely on Wednesday.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources confirm Microsoft is buying 3DV Systems  —  A report surfaced last week that Microsoft was buying 3DV Systems for $35 million.  My sources confirm that this is true.  —  It's not quite as big a deal as buying Yahoo would have been.  But I consider it a very important tea leaf in the future direction of Microsoft.
Jesse / A foot and a half:
Finally, A Use for Twitter  —  Sean informed me a few days ago that he had been following “The Real Shaq” on twitter.  —  “You realize that ‘The Real Shaq’ is probably a 5'4 White, 14 year old emo kid who's getting his jolly's from the attention, right?”  I asked him.  —  “I don't know.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter's ‘suggested users’ get mammoth boost from new feature [UPDATED]  —  A sampling of Twitter's “suggested users.”  —  Some high-profile Twitter accounts have been seeing astronomical jumps in the number of users subscribing to their profile updates — tens of thousands of new followers, in some cases.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
FBI Tracks Down Oscars BitTorrent Uploaders  —  Two Californian men have been charged with uploading leaked copies of Oscar-nominated Hollywood movies to the Internet.  —  According to the U.S. attorney's office, yesterday a federal grand jury indicted Derek Hawthorne of Moorpark and Owen Moody …
Discussion: Fort Mill Times
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Driving People Back to Piracy?  —  Hulu caused quite a stir this week when, at the request of rights holders, it shut down Boxee's access to its streaming video platform.  While many discussed the business implications of this move, some are ready to do more than just talk about it.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Tech companies turning to pay cuts to lower costs  —  While the tech industry has announced thousands of layoffs in recent months, as the global recession spread through Silicon Valley, some local companies are also starting to trim employee pay and benefits to reduce costs.
Discussion: louisgray.com
Jim Dalrymple / PC World:
What's at Stake in the Apple-Psystar Case  —  Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar spent much of 2008 trading allegations in court filings.  And with the companies' ongoing legal dispute not slated to go to trial until November, count on 2009 to feature more legal jousting over Psystar's efforts …
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free  —  John Wilbanks has a passion for lowering the barrier between scientists who want to share information.  A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Wilbanks started his career working as a legislative aide, before moving on to pursue work in bioinformatics …
Discussion: Slashdot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon posts Kindle 2 user manual  —  We know, you can't wait to cuddle up with your Kindle 2 and have Tom read you a bedtime story while you turn pages 20 percent faster than before — and it looks like Amazon wants to alleviate your pain, because it's just posted the entire user manual online for you.
Discussion: Crave and TechFlash
Stuart Foster / The Lost Jacket:
OUT WITH A WHIMPER, NOT A BANG  —  Way back in August - that's like 8 years for those using the site — Digg went on a banning spree, kicking off users left and right for using scripts that, for the most part, enhanced the Digg experience rather than cheating it.  —  Many of the users left and never came back.
Discussion: Invoke
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cable Guys Plan Their Own Hulus: Anyone Interested in “Authentication” or “Entitlement”?  —  What's better than Hulu, the video service that lets you watch your favorite TV shows on your laptop?  A service that lets you watch even more TV shows on your laptop-if you're a cable TV subscriber.
Discussion: Digits and techblog.dallasnews.com
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Baby Boomers, Luddites?  Not So Fast.  —  It's probably safe to say that Whopper Sacrifice, Burger King's impish Facebook campaign that offered users free burgers in exchange for dropping 10 friends, wasn't aimed at retirees.  But maybe it should have been.
 
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sketching Obama's Cyberplans
John Boitnott / NBC Bay Area:
250 DVDs in a Quarter-Sized Device — Coming Soon?
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft's workforce grew in January ... before layoffs
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Last.fm not really sharing data with RIAA
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter slowly turning back on the SMS spigot
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Video of claimed next-gen Mac Mini surfaces online
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, VentureBeat and digg.com
Sean Michael Kerner:
Ubuntu's next release: Karmic Koala
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay Founder Tweets About an Unusual Lawsuit
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Why I hate Facebook  —  The social networking wunderkind may be cool.