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7:05 PM ET, February 26, 2009

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Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Getting our house in order  —  A month and a half in the saddle and today I have the perfect excuse to get blogging.  —  I've been on a whirlwind tour for the last six weeks, talking with everybody from executive leaders to the guys who configured my laptop.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo CFO Jorgensen resigns  —  Yahoo CFO Blake Jorgensen, who addressed analysts at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday, has resigned from the company.  In a very brief SEC filing, the company wrote: … He was pretty much a Yahoo cheerleader during the Goldman Sachs event …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's New Team Now Has Names  —  Earlier today, a Yahoo [YHOO Loading...  () ] insider told me today would be all about “structure,” and that the executives a part of the new structure would leak out eventually.  —  To heck with those leaks, Yahoo just sent me the entire list.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook releases draft of new user terms, asks for user feedback  —  Facebook is now asking for user feedback on a draft version of the proposed replacement for its previously-contested terms of service.  The company is also announcing a guiding set of “Principles” (also open for comment) …
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Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Opens Governance of Service and Policy Process to Users  —  Releases Draft Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities For User Review, Comment and Vote  —  Facebook® today announced a new approach to site governance that offers its users around the world …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Governing the Facebook Service in an Open and Transparent Way  —  Last week, we returned to our previous Terms of Use as we worked on a new set of governing documents that would more clearly explain the relationship between Facebook and its users.  Since then, I've been excited …
Engineering Windows 7:
Some Changes Since Beta for the RC  —  We've been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all the feedback we've received on Windows 7.  It should be no surprise but the Release Candidate for Windows 7 will have quite a few changes, many under the hood so to speak but also many visible.
Dell:
Sharp Cost Reductions and Operational Execution Highlight Dell's Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Results  —  Q4 FY'09 Financial statements in .pdf Format (Acrobat File)  —  Dell today said it achieved solid operating results in the midst of a global downturn in IT spending, as it announced fiscal …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Q4 Revenues, EPS Come In Far Short Of Estimates
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Are iPhone Users Willing to Pay for Content?  —  It may be no surprise that the bestselling computer book so far this year is “iPhone: The Missing Manual,” by my colleague David Pogue (O'Reilly, 2007).  —  But here is something that did surprise me: The most popular edition of this book isn't on paper …
Discussion: GMSV and TeleRead
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Let SearchMonkey Feed Your Facebook Addiction  —  Starting today, Facebook enhanced results will automatically appear in search results.  This means users can add a friend, poke, send a message, and view a person's friends from the deep links on the search results page.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo SearchMonkey Adds Facebook Profile Actions Into Search Results
Discussion: Webware.com
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
PowerBook explodes in London office  —  STAFF IN THE London office of a marketing company were left shocked and reeling yesterday after an Apple PowerBook burst into flames.  —  The company asked not to be identified, as IT manager Steven told how he was called to the scene by reports of smoke billowing out of an employee's computer.
Discussion: Tech Central, Industry Standard and Obsessable, Thanks:richi
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Is Working On a Toolbar To Go After StumbleUpon, TinyURL, and All The Rest  —  A super-secret Digg toolbar has been spotted in the wild.  We tracked down a beta tester who gave us the skinny on its features.  The toolbar lets you Digg or Bury the page you are on, and shows how many Diggs it has already received.
Discussion: Webware.com, Thanks:atul
Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain News:
Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday  —  Executives from E.W. Scripps Co., announce their decision on the future of the Rocky Mountain News in the 150-year-old newspaper's newsroom on 2/26/09 in Denver.  In December 2008, the Rocky's parent company put the paper up for sale …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to further polish Leopard with 10.5.7 update  —  Apple this week is believed to have tapped its vast developer community to begin testing Mac OS X 10.5.7, a sizable maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system with a particular focus on syncing improvements.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Kindling a Revolution: E Ink's Russ Wilcox on E-Paper, Amazon, and the Future of Publishing  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Almost as soon as Amazon released the Kindle e-book reader in November 2007, I settled in to wait for the Kindle 2.  Like many other observers, I thought Amazon …
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Obama hopes to raise $4.8B by imposing spectrum license fees on wireless providers  —  CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO PASS LEGISLATION TO ENACT THE PROPOSAL  —  President Obama called for spectrum license fees in a record $3.9 trillion budget, released today, reviving a proposal that has failed to move in the past.
Wes Carr / Gmail Blog:
Updates to attachments: multi-select and progress bars  —  Up until today, it's been a little tedious to send large or multiple attachments with an email.  You had to select each attachment individually and you never knew how long it would be before those bigger files were ready to send.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Newsday plans to charge for online news  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp plans to charge online readers of its Newsday newspaper, a move that would make it one of the first large U.S. papers to reverse a trend toward free Web readership.  —  Newsday, which covers …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla delays Firefox 3.1 again, slates another beta  —  Beta 4 adds six weeks to schedule, pushes delivery to Q2  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. yesterday announced it will add another beta to the Firefox 3.1 development schedule, a move that will push the browser's ship date to the second quarter or later.
Discussion: TechSpot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
White hat hackers target the iPhone  —  How secure is your smartphone?  We may find out next month.  —  Hackers and computer security experts gathering on March 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the third annual Pwn2Own contest will be targeting five smartphones: an Apple (AAPL) …
Discussion: Electronista and IntoMobile
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
First Wave of Cisco Layoffs Begins  —  Cisco Systems Inc. laid off several hundred employees this week, joining other tech giants that have cut staff as they deal with the recession.  —  The layoffs are the first wave of a planned cut of up to 2,000 employees.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 9: BitTorrent Is Not Evil  —  First up today was Kristoffer Schollin who spoke via telephone from Gothenburg University.  He explained he is a lecturer in IT law with a particular interest in file-sharing and has written a paper on Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Bessemer Venture's Fuzzy Math  —  Bessemer Venture Partners this morning announced “the closing of a $350 million supplement to its current fund.”  But that's not really true.  At least not in the traditional sense.  —  The fund in question is Bessemer Venture Partners VII …
Glynnis / FishBowlNY:
Tina Brown Discusses The Beast With David Carr  —  Tina Brown sat down with David Carr — who'd just returned from his Carpetbagger stint out in Hollywood and was sporting a rather sharp goatee — last night for an all things media chat at NYU's prestigious (and packed) Greenberg Lounge.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Steve Donohue / Contentinople:
TV.com Launches iPhone App  —  Giving it an edge over Hulu LLC and some other Web video rivals, CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS)'s TV.com launched an application that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to view its programming on their mobile video devices.  —  TV.com isn't the first Web video site …
Discussion: Bits, NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
Jeff Chin / The Official Google Blog:
Translate between 41 languages with Google Translate  —  Google Translate recently added Turkish, Thai, Hungarian, Estonian, Albanian, Maltese, and Galician to the mix.  The rollout of these seven additional languages marks a new milestone: automatic translations between 41 languages (1,640 language pairs!).
Discussion: Official Google …, Thanks:blogfisher
Electronista:
Acer preps Ion-based Hornet nettop with air remote  —  Acer is planning a nettop of its own that would occupy the high end of its market, if a set of leaked presentation slides from Turkish site Donanimhaber are accurate.  The Hornet would have a highly stylized blue case but would center around …
Discussion: SlashGear and Liliputing
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA exec tells worried staff: 'We're going to survive this'  —  Large-scale redundancies are a grim reality of the current economic crisis, but while it receives far less exposure, preserving morale amongst remaining staff is proving an arduous challenge for employers.
 
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Steve Ranger / CNET News:
BBC hires Yahoo exec as CTO
Discussion: Jobwire
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, Psystar seek protective order in preparation for trial
Discussion: Macsimum News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
No, The Death Of Newspapers Does Not Mean An Age Of Corruption
Thanks:atul
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
MPs call for tighter controls on Google
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David Coursey / PC World:
What If Jobs Doesn't Return To Apple?
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and Technologizer
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Reuters and OStatic blogs
Jaimee Steele / comScore:
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