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6:15 PM ET, February 27, 2009

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Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Hearst to launch a wireless e-reader  —  The publisher plans to introduce a large-format device this year based on electronic-ink technology.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Against a backdrop of plummeting ad revenue for newspapers and magazines, and rising costs for paper and delivery …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's “In-House Sociologist” Shares Stats on Users' Social Behavior  —  The famous Dunbar number, or “theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships”, is generally accepted to be about 150.  However, in a recent interview with The Economist …
Discussion: Beyond Search and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Economist:
Primates on Facebook  —  Even online, the neocortex is the limit  —  THAT Facebook, Twitter and other online social networks will increase the size of human social groups is an obvious hypothesis, given that they reduce a lot of the friction and cost involved in keeping in touch with other people.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Amazon Kindle 3 Rumors Surface: Bigger, Better (Of Course)  —  The ink has barely dried on the new production Amazon Kindle 2 e-readers and now there's a hot rumor surfacing about the Kindle 3.  Among the speculation is one interesting suggestion: The Kindle version 3 may actually arrive on the shelves before Christmas.
Discussion: Engadget and tinyComb
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Sachi Izumi / Reuters:
DoCoMo halts BlackBerry Bold sales due to overheating  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator, said on Friday it has halted sales of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold because the phone can overheat while the battery is being recharged.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone  —  Apple's iPhone has wowed most of the globe — but not Japan, where the handset is selling so poorly it's being offered for free.  —  What's wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective?  Almost everything: the high monthly data plans that go with it …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The New York Times Expected To Launch Local Blog Network On Monday (Confirmed)  —  If this post on a local blog about Brooklyn has it right, the NY Times will be debuting a neighborhood blog project next week on Monday.  Here's the gist: … Still according to the blog …
Discussion: Coop's Corner and AppScout, Thanks:blogfisher
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Brownstoner:
The Times To Launch Local Blogging Initiative
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Microsoft App-V Support for the Windows 7 Beta  —  Our MDOP customers have told us that they want to see Windows 7 Support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) so that they can move ahead with their application testing for enterprise deployments of Windows 7 early on.  We heard you loud and clear.
Discussion: Teching It Easy
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Karrial / The Official MDOP Blog:
Get your applications virtualized on Windows 7 Beta with Microsoft App-V
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Are Book Publishers Making The Same Mistake The Record Labels Made With Apple?  —  from the we've-seen-this-movie-before,-and-it- doesn't-end-well dept  —  Back in 2005, we noted that Apple's dominance over the online music space, which upset the record labels tremendously …
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple issues App Store-wide Emoji take-down order  —  Apple has issued an App Store-wide take-down of all Emoji-enabling iPhone applications.  There may be a few reasons for this decision, ranging from the gray area of how developers are switching on Emoji support to possible licensing issues.
Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
A Second Rogue Facebook Application in Just a Week?  —  In a second attack, extremely reminiscent of the one that took place this weekend, Facebook users have once again been victimized by cybercriminals.  Reports started surfacing this afternoon of yet another rogue Facebook application posting notifications …
Discussion: Technologizer, eWeek and The Register
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
VCs challenge Obama plan to up carried interest tax  —  Earlier this week, president Obama announced his intention to raise taxes on carried interest for hedge funds and private equity firms as part of his bold new budget plan.  Not surprisingly, members of the venture capital community …
Thanks:atul
ASUSTeK Computer:
ASUS Raises the Bar for Mobile Web Surfing and Multimedia Enjoyment with P835 WVGA PDA Phone  —  ASUS, a leading producer of innovative handhelds, today launched the P835, a PDA phone that delivers an Internet browsing and multimedia viewing experience without equal.
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Wall Street Journal:
Confessions of a Facebook Social Climber  —  You too can become important.  To start, all you need is one celebrity friend.  —  I recently became friends with Charlie Sheen — but not exactly.  It's a little complicated.  You see, I've spent the past three months moving up the Facebook social ladder …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Officially Brings Back MobileMe's Push, Improves Features  —  Apple just sent out an email to MobileMe subscribers to let them know of some new(ish) features.  The biggest bullet point is the fact that push is back. … After a lousy launch in 2008, Apple decided to avoid associating the word …
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Will the Future of the Web Be More Like the Present?  —  When I was a kid one of my favorite parts of Disney World was Tomorrowland's Carousel of Progress.  It was steeped in 1950's futurism: Why, of course!  Every family will have their own electric paint mixer in the future!
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data  —  Background  —  We use MySQL for storing all of the data in FriendFeed.  Our database has grown a lot as our user base has grown.  We now store over 250 million entries and a bunch of other data, from comments and “likes” to friend lists.
Discussion: Simon Willison's Weblog, Thanks:atul
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
World Of Warcraft: As Addictive As Cocaine?  —  We know the FCC blames World of Warcraft addiction for college drop-outs, but is the massively popular game as “addictive as cocaine?”  —  The Swedish Stiftelsen Ungdomsvård (Youth Care Foundation) thinks so, and is set to release …
Discussion: The Register, Switched and TG Daily
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel, Taiwan Semi Plan Strategic Announcement  —  Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) will hold a press event at Intel HQ in Santa Clara Monday to make a “strategic announcement.”  —  The key players:  — From Taiwan Semi, CEO Rick Tsai and VP of Sales and Marketing Jason Chen.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gary Vay  •ner  •chuk Expands His Web Video Empire With Obsessed TV  —  Gary Vaynerchuk is going after the Oprah set.  The wine wholesaler who launched a career as a Web video celebrity talking about wine and marketing is just launched Obsessed, a new video talk show hosted by Samantha Ettus.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 is the Niagara, Verizon World Edition?  —  So... we've just got word from a really trusted source, dropping bombs all around on the BlackBerry “Niagara”.  First off, the model number we're told is the BlackBerry 9630, not 8930 or 9030, or anything like that.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Cellular providers want Nokia to drop Skype from cell phones  —  Two cell service providers in the UK are supposedly up in arms over Nokia's inclusion of Skype software on its N97 handset, and are threatening not to carry the device unless the software is ditched.
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Says Yes to the Cloud, No to Smartphones  —  Advanced Micro Devices CEO Dirk Meyer sees cloud computing as the next great investment for the enterprises and says AMD's processors are going to be a big part of this type of future data center.  Meyer also says AMD is passing …
Discussion: Digits
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone finally reaches 1 million mark in U.K.  —  It took 16 months, but O2 UK, Telefonica's (TEF) British subsidiary, managed to sell its 1 millionth Apple (AAPL) iPhone before its parent company released its 2008 earnings report Thursday.  —  But as several news sources (here, here) …
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Ads in Google News Search May Tempt Media Lawsuits  —  After Google News launched in 2002, some in the media world grew fond of saying the company had created a product it didn't dare monetize.  The thinking went that Google News entirely relies on major media companies …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
Finding our own little worlds has never been easier  —  What an author won't do for a book.  —  In 2004, San Jose State University associate professor Andy Wood decided to embark upon an experiment: He would fly from San Jose to New York, rent a car and drive back the 3,000 miles …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Court Apparently Decides That Private Facebook Profiles Aren't Actually Private  —  from the privacy-settings-are-meaningless dept  —  The folks at Facebook are notoriously proud of the granular levels of privacy their system allows, such that you can pick and choose what you share with different people.
 
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Schneier on Security:
Privacy in the Age of Persistence
Discussion: BBC
Mike Hendrickson / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market 2008, part 5 — eBooks and Summary
Discussion: DeWitt Clinton, Thanks:atul
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Display makeover  —  Display advertising, long regarded …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Sony's Silos Finally Start to Fall
Discussion: New York Times and TG Daily
Economist:
Out on its own  —  Autonomy, Britain's largest software firm, is prospering amid the gloom
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psion responds to Intel/ Dell trademark scuffle- we still sell …
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
India: Where Angels Fear To Trade
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JPG Magazine Has Been Acquired, Lives Anew
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Guardian
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cell Phones: Demand Is Even Worse Than You Think
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google: Stalled Data Centers Will Be Built
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Downturn could be Microsoft's bonding moment
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Shakeout Begins! Video Startups in Play
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Pages Redesign Coming