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4:05 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.
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 …
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.
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
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Sony's Silos Finally Start to Fall  —  It looks like Howard Stringer will have at least another year to shake Sony into fighting shape for the 21st Century.  Sony announced a sweeping reorganization Friday that gives Mr. Stringer even more power than ever.  —  For the last few months …
Discussion: TG Daily and Kotaku
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony CEO Takes Over Company's Presidency
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.
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, TG Daily and Massively
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.
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: Brownstoner and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:blogfisher
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
Economist:
Out on its own  —  Autonomy, Britain's largest software firm, is prospering amid the gloom  —  LOSERS can sometimes land on their feet.  After the internet bubble burst in 2000-01 Autonomy, a British software firm, had a dramatic fall from grace.  Its share price dropped by more than 90% …
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Much Would You Pay to Read Newsday.com?  —  Zilch.  That's the snap consensus from the Web pundits, who are baffled by Cablevision's plan to start charging for access to the online version of Newsday, the Long Island daily it overpaid for last year.  —  And it's not as if Cablevision …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Pages Redesign Coming  —  Facebook launched Facebook Ads in November 2007 to give brands and businesses a way to create a presence on Facebook and interact with users.  Starting next week, says a source with knowledge of the new product, those pages will be substantially redesigned.
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: eWeek and The Register
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Want to waive copyright?  Creative Commons has a tool for you  —  The Creative Commons has launched an official tool to guide content creators through the process of publishing their works under the highly permissive CC0 license, which enables them to waive all rights.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Nokia seeks Taiwan partners for netbook production  —  Nokia is currently in talks with Taiwan notebook makers and EMS companies for cooperation on its plans to possibly enter the netbook market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.  The sources have pinpointed Compal Electronics …
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
India: Where Angels Fear To Trade  —  The country's innovation eco-system suffers from a lack of seed funding and mentors.  —  India has come a long way in building a global reputation as a technology industry to reckon with.  The country, however, is still struggling to find its stride …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Witness' Wife Overwhelmed With Flowers  —  Professor and media researcher Roger Wallis appeared as an expert witness at the Pirate Bay trial yesterday.  He was questioned on the link between the decline of album sales and filesharing.  Wallis told the court that his research …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Downturn could be Microsoft's bonding moment  —  REDMOND, Wash.—It takes a lot to get different parts of Microsoft to really work together.  But the current economic turmoil might just be the thing to do it.  —  At least that's the working theory for Stephen Elop, the former Macromedia CEO …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Shakeout Begins!  Video Startups in Play  —  It didn't take long after the credit crunch last fall for waves of layoffs to hit online video startups.  But surely all those tweaks and cuts didn't successfully revive every single company's fate.  And now, we're seeing the ensuing wave …
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
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.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Display makeover  —  Display advertising, long regarded as the ugly stepsister to search advertising, is about to get a makeover.  —  Technology companies like San Mateo-based Aggregate Knowledge and ChoiceStream, which has an office in Palo Alto, say they can dramatically increase …
 
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Officially Brings Back MobileMe's Push, Improves Features
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psion responds to Intel/ Dell trademark scuffle- we still sell …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia Comes With Music phones confirmed for US this year
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JPG Magazine Has Been Acquired, Lives Anew
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cell Phones: Demand Is Even Worse Than You Think
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Google: Stalled Data Centers Will Be Built
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
TripAdvisor adds flight, fare search
Jens Roland / TorrentFreak:
How To Kill The Music Industry
Discussion: digg.com
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Novell chief rues first-quarter Linux performance
Discussion: The Register
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Gazelle: The browser that thinks like an OS
Rafael Ruffolo / IT World Canada:
Android narrowly trails iPhone in open source app race
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Bartz Shows Who's Boss
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