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5:05 AM ET, February 27, 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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
CBS Beams ‘Star Trek’ Episodes to iPhones  —  CBS is taking the iPhone where no iPhone has gone before.  —  Today, it released an iPhone application for its TV.com site that can play full episodes of TV series, ranging from “C.S.I.” to the original “Star Trek.”
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Steve Donohue / Contentinople:
TV.com Launches iPhone App
Discussion: Obsessable, Macworld and NewTeeVee
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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook releases draft of new user terms, asks for user feedback
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: Music Ally, Threat Level and P2P Blog
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, Ars Technica, Pulse2 and TechSpot, Thanks:atul
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What to do if your startup is about fail (or “Don't Stop Believing")  —  Rock out To This While Reading: Don't Stop Believing  —  Forward To: Startups that are hitting the wall  —  A lot of CEOs with less than 12 months of capital left have been  —  asking me for advice about what to do, given the massive economic
Discussion: Ramamia Company Blog
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.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AdSense Outage Is Another Google Misstep  —  It hardly got the attention that Tuesday's Gmail outage or ViddyHo/Google Talk phishing incident saw, but Google's advertising system, AdSense, had a hiccup of its own Wednesday. … The service was down for about 90 minutes, a spokeswoman confirmed, and did not affect many Web publishers.
Discussion: Lifehacker and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
AirPhones Turns Your iPhone Into a Wireless Music Receiver  —  A new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you stream any audio from your Mac to your Apple mobile over a wi-fi connection.  —  It's called AirPhones, and it basically turns any pair of headphones or speakers into a wireless sound station.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD CEO Meyer talks spinoff, Intel, small laptops  —  Advanced Micro Devices' CEO Dirk Meyer is confident about his company's ability to compete—especially with Intel—and believes a new focus on processors for smaller laptops will be key.  —  During a phone interview Thursday …
Discussion: eWeek
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony CEO Takes Over Company's Presidency  —  TOKYO — Sony Corp. said Friday that Howard Stringer, its chief executive officer, would replace Ryoji Chubachi as president in a move to give the CEO a freer hand in restructuring the struggling electronics giant.
Discussion: Financial Times, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Waxy.org:
Translating “The Economist” Behind China's Great Firewall  —  While researching Oscar screeners last month, I stumbled on a remarkable example of online collaboration in China that's completely undiscovered here.  In short, a group of dedicated fans of The Economist newsmagazine …
Fred / A VC:
One Thing You Don't Need To Be An Entrepreneur: A College Degree  —  We were in a board meeting today and the founder/CEO made a comment about a deal he's working on and I said “well you learned that well in school.”  He smiled and said, “we didn't go to school” (meaning college).
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 …
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!).
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Old Non-Customer Reviews from App Store  —  When Apple first opened the App Store back in July 2008, their review system allowed anyone to enter a comment or review on any application.  No purchase was required at that time.  As a result, many critical “reviews” came from those who had never bought those applications.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Tech~Surf~Blog:
Chris Shipley Speaks: The Real Scoop on Why the DEMO Producer Is Moving On  —  The DEMO conferences have a long, rich history, serving for some 19 years as “The Launchpad for Emerging Technology.”  It's a brand like no other in the conference business.  And I can say that as someone who's …
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 Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
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: TeleRead and Incremental Blogger
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
It's not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you  —  Malware authors and hackers have to eat like the rest of us, but security data from 2008 suggests many engage in their illegal activities for other reasons besides a desire to get money.  Twenty-four percent of all the attacks …
Kdoctor / Content Bridges:
Ads and News: ‘Google News’ Latches On to an Old Idea  —  You remember.  The exquisite journalistic/commercial mix that sustained newspapers for many a year.  News and Ads.  Ads and News.  Both, together, side by side.  Reaching mass markets that wanted to know things and buy stuff.
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
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Apple Prepping OS X 10.5.7 Update
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google hopes to find community in security contest
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Tweet hackers reopen Twitter vuln
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John Furrier / SiliconAngle:
DEMO 09 Class of Demonstrators!
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BBC hires Yahoo exec as CTO
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
No, The Death Of Newspapers Does Not Mean An Age Of Corruption
Thanks:atul
Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain News:
Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday
Discussion: GMSV and paidContent.org
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Newsday plans to charge for online news
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
PowerBook explodes in London office
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
First Wave of Cisco Layoffs Begins
Discussion: The Register, Digital Daily and CNET News, Thanks:atul