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11:45 AM 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.
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
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
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.
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
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: not really sharing data with RIAA  —  Have you torrented the new U2 album?  We won't tell, and neither will, if those unreleased tracks show up on your listening profile.  That's not what TechCrunch is saying, though.  Earlier today, they reported that turned …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?
Discussion: p2pnet and
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
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 …
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.
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
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sketching Obama's Cyberplans  —  The transition team's former cyberguru talks about how Obama will handle the $30 billion Cyber Initiative.  —  President Obama may be focused on implementing the massive $787 billion stimulus plan he signed earlier this week.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Video of claimed next-gen Mac Mini surfaces online  —  After being challenged over a still image, the source for what seems a leaked future Mac mini has now posted a video that shows the device from all sides.  —  While its authenticity has been disputed, the mystery system has gained …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, VentureBeat and
John Boitnott / NBC Bay Area:
250 DVDs in a Quarter-Sized Device — Coming Soon?  —  A new technique developed by scientists at UC Berkeley and University of Massachusetts Amherst may drastically increase the ability of devices to store things.  —  Cal officials called the technique “innovative and easily implemented,” on Thursday.
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft's workforce grew in January ... before layoffs
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter slowly turning back on the SMS spigot
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
U.S. lawmaker to push repeal of online gambling ban
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Junee / YouTube Blog:
Introducing Collaborative Annotations
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and WebProNews, Thanks:atul
Sean Michael Kerner:
Ubuntu's next release: Karmic Koala
Discussion: Ars Technica
Heather / News:
Comment Threading is Here! (Plus Other Cool Comment Settings)
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay Founder Tweets About an Unusual Lawsuit
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Why I hate Facebook  —  The social networking wunderkind may be cool.
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Rex Sorgatz / Silicon Alley Insider:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Untitled Document Syndrome
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Fred / A VC:
Welcome To The “Dark Side” Marc and Ben
Discussion: Twist Image, Thanks:atul
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Uninspired by eBay  —  The stock is cheap, but its core business …
Gina Keating / Reuters:
California's video game law ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: Reuters
Mary Pilon / Digits:
Exploring Twitter Ties
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul