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4:15 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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft publishes list of changes in Windows 7 RC
Discussion: GeekTonic and Softpedia News, Thanks:leemathews
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) …
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 …
Discussion: PC World and Guardian
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Zuckerberg Announces Next Steps on Facebook's Terms of Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook, Thanks:justinsmith
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo SearchMonkey Adds Facebook Profile Actions Into Search Results
Discussion: CNET News
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: TeleRead and The Noisy Channel
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Finally Reveals Some Of The Patents It Claims Linux Infringes... Sorta  —  For years, Microsoft has waved around the FUD stick concerning the 200+ patents it claimed to hold that Linux implementations supposedly infringed upon.  However, when confronted, the company never seemed willing to name a single such patent.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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 …
Frederik Schaffalitzky / Google LatLong:
Explore more with User Photos in Street View  —  Starting today, a new feature lets you browse popular user-contributed photos from Panoramio at major landmarks around the world.  The many people who virtually visit Paris to see the famous Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame cathedral in Street View …
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).
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo, p2pnet and The Local
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.
Discussion: CNET News, Digital Daily and 247 Wall Street, Thanks:atul
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell's A Mess, And Will Continue To Be  —  Dell [DELL Loading...  () ] will release its fourth quarter earnings after the bell tonight, and despite some draconian cost cuts and a rock-bottom share price, it is an unattractive investment.  And will be for the foreseeable future.
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.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web censorship plan heads towards a dead end  —  The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship has effectively been scuttled, following an independent senator's decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.
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) …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook now available to order, officially  —  After a rocky start that is becoming increasingly common for the company, Dell has now officially made its new Mini 10 netbook available for order.  The snazzy little netbook first appeared on the site for pre-order a few days ago …
Thomson IR:
Rocky Mountain News to Close  —  Final edition will be published Feb. 27  —  Following a sale process that produced no qualified buyers, The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) announced that the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's oldest newspaper, will cease publication after its final edition on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
High-Fi News: Alaska Airlines Launches Trial; Noonan Takes Flight of Wi-Fi Optimism  —  Alaska Airlines finally announced its test launch of Row 44's satellite-backed in-flight Internet service: Alaska's routes take them mostly over water to Alaska or Mexico from its Seattle hub, and thus Aircell's solution is a bad fit.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
MPs call for tighter controls on Google  —  Politicians have urged the Government to put an end to Google's dominance of the online search advertising market, calling for the matter to be referred to the Competition Commission.  —  Twenty-nine MPs have signed an Early Day Motion outlining their concerns.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Perez Hilton #1 Traffic Source Facebook  —  I noticed Ryan Spoon's blog post (via Techmeme) on's growth this morning.  I have followed the Perez Hilton site (for purely professional reasons) for some time.  The website ranked #398 among All Categories of websites last week …
Discussion: Online Dating Insider, Thanks:atul
David Coursey / PC World:
What If Jobs Doesn't Return To Apple?  —  Regardless of what Apple honchos said at today's shareholder meeting, I have come to the sad conclusion that Steve Jobs will never return to the helm at Apple.  This is another of those “I hope am wrong, but . . .” posts that I hate to write.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Full text: Microsoft's email on cutbacks for temporary workers  —  As reported earlier today, Microsoft is reducing the rates it's paying for many of its temporary workers, citing the bad economy.  Read on for the full text of the company's email on the subject, which we obtained in the course of our work on the story.
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