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8:40 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.
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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) …
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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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
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Pirate Bay's neo-Nazi sugar daddy  —  And the strange silence of the Freetards  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in SOX compliance  —  The trial of the Pirate Bay operators in Sweden has generated huge amounts of media coverage.  But one of the most interesting things about Pirate Bay hasn't got a mention.
Discussion: Threat Level
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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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Microsoft sees ‘fantastic’ opportunities  —  CEO Ballmer emphasizes Cambridge operations will receive funding, ‘add talent’  —  CAMBRIDGE - The slumping economy is deflating the high-tech business along with other industries, but Microsoft Corp. will continue to invest in research and hopes …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Webware.com, AppScout and Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:atul
Aaron Prebluda / Compete Blog:
Facebook vs. MySpace: Tale of the Tape  —  Earlier this month, Compete reported that Facebook overtook MySpace in Unique Visitors trafficking to the site:  —  Sure, this was a symbolic takeover, but it should have come as no surprise to anyone closely monitoring the two social giants over the past year.
Thanks:atul
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.
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 … and louisgray.com, Thanks:blogfisher
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Updating: Weather Reports Go Away?  —  I am fairly confident that Yahoo Search is currently updating their index and algorithm now.  Dozens of webmasters and SEOs are noticing this update and discussing it at WebmasterWorld, but the Yahoo Search Blog has no mention of it.
Steve Ranger / CNET News:
BBC hires Yahoo exec as CTO  —  The BBC has hired Yahoo executive John Linwood as its new CTO.  —  Linwood will be responsible for delivering the BBC's technology strategy, including maintenance of the technical infrastructure behind all BBC output and overseeing the corporation's IT requirements.
Discussion: Jobwire
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Versa Handset with Snap-On Keyboard Hits Verizon  —  Remember those shots of the LG VX9600 handset with a snap-in keyboard case?  They must have been the real deal since Verizon Wireless starts offering it in a few short days.  March 1st will bring the LG Versa to VZW, complete with the keyboard integrated within the case.
Discussion: Verizon, MobileCrunch and Computerworld
Jim Zemlin:
Note on Microsoft TomTom Suit: Calm Down, Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst  —  Calm Down  —  Right now the Microsoft claim against Tom Tom is a private dispute between those two entities concerning GPS mapping software.  We do not feel assumptions should be made about the scope or facts …
 
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David Coursey / PC World:
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