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4:10 PM ET, February 21, 2009


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James Urquhart / CNET News:
Ubuntu now has ‘cloud computing inside’  —  In a posting on the ubuntu-devel-announce list Friday, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, announced that Ubuntu 9.10 will be code-named Karmic Koala.  As usual, efforts surrounding the Linux distribution are divided between two target deployments, desktop and server.
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Songbird, music player that wants to do everything, loses CEO  —  Songbird , the San Francisco company offering a free Web tool to discover, play and manage music across any device, is looking for a new CEO as it focuses on making money.  —  Robert Lord, who founded the company …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook  —  I am typing on this on a 9-inch, 3G-equipped, almost-pocketable computer, running the best consumer OS money can currently buy.  It costs around $400.  Do you want one too?  Here's how to get yours.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources confirm Microsoft is buying 3DV Systems  —  A report surfaced last week that Microsoft was buying 3DV Systems, a company that makes motion-detection technology, for $35 million.  My sources confirm that this is true.  —  Microsoft and 3DV declined to comment to me last week.
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: and, Thanks:atul
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stimulus bill requires RSS feeds of how the money is spent  —  Now this is a pretty promising step on the path to open government: the new stimulus bill has a requirement for RSS-based disclosure of funds dispersed: … Raw Thought: RSS Hits the Big Time
Discussion: Raw Thought and Joho the Blog
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
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.
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 …
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James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free
Discussion: Slashdot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon posts Kindle 2 user manual
Discussion: Crave and TechFlash
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sketching Obama's Cyberplans
Stuart Foster / The Lost Jacket:
Discussion: Invoke
John Boitnott / NBC Bay Area:
250 DVDs in a Quarter-Sized Device — Coming Soon?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cable Guys Plan Their Own Hulus: Anyone Interested in “Authentication …
 Earlier Items: 
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Baby Boomers, Luddites? Not So Fast.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft's workforce grew in January ... before layoffs
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: not really sharing data with RIAA
Discussion: p2pnet and
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter slowly turning back on the SMS spigot
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Video of claimed next-gen Mac Mini surfaces online
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, VentureBeat and