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3:18 AM ET, February 27, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gets More Orderly: Multi-Tab For Profiles  —  Facebook has always had much cleaner, less chaotic profile pages than “anything goes” competitor MySpace (MySpace continues to experiment with less chaotic default themes).  Facebook just seems to like things to stay orderly and structured on their site.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Facebook Profile Tabs Lead to Better Apps?  —  One of the big social news stories this evening was Facebook's announcement that it is actively working on a redesign to user profiles that would break the profile page down into three, main tabbed components.
Discussion: Rev2.org and Thinking Out Loud
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's getting a face-lift soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Disaster: Comscore Reports Awful January*  —  Comscore reported shockingly bad US paid click performance for Google in January: flat growth year-over-year versus a 25% increase in Q4.  Even if Comscore is only half right, this is a disaster.  —  Flash note from analyst Bob Peck at Bear Stearns:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Does the rapid descent of Google's stock mean anything?  Nobody knows.  —  If stock price trajectory is any indication, Google has literally had an up-and-down past 12 months (see graph below).  The question is, is the stock price actually reflective of how Google is doing?
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google: Does Search Data Indicate a Recession?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones; Where Has Steve Jobs Been Flying?  —  The Street is feeling chatty today about Apple (AAPL) today, and there's lots to talk about.  The analysts are musing on the announcement today of a refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro line …
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod/iPhone firmware update 1.1.4 released  —  Just connected my iPhone to iTunes.  More details as they come in.  —  1:30: I'm downloading the software now... To download directly, the direct links are iPhone and iPod.  (Do let me know if I messed either of those up.)
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Apple agonistes  —  Browsing the headlines on Yahoo Finance this morning was enough to make anyone briefly consider jumping out the window.  To wit:  —  • Job worries sink consumer confidence  —  • S&P: U.S. home prices down sharply  —  • U.S. home foreclosures soar in January
Portfolio.com:
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way  —  How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?  —  Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack …
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Comcast hits the snooze button
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US  —  iTunes Customers Top 50 Million  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® (www.itunes.com) is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
When will iTunes replace Wal-Mart as No. 1 music retailer?
Discussion: iLounge and Crave
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Serious Drama, And Lots Of Stupidity, Behind Stage6 Shutdown  —  Yesterday San Diego based DivX announced the shutdown of popular video site Stage6, to the surprise and dismay of the site's 17.4 million happy monthly visitors (the post on the shutdown has over 5,000 comments).
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter (Updated)  —  When Steve Jobs un-enveloped the MacBook Air last month, Apple watchers were impressed by the “5 hours of wireless productivity” battery life.  However, after putting the Air through its paces, only a few reviewers were able …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Tracking Microsoft's Windows Live outage (Updated)  —  Readers have been e-mailing this morning about problems accessing Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail and Messenger services.  Microsoft is acknowledging the problem, but as of late morning Pacific time, there doesn't appear to be a resolution.
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Constantinos Michael / Google LatLong:
Refine by user ratings and neighborhoods  —  Ever since I moved to the New York City Google office I've had an agenda: exploring the best the city has to offer like so many other New Yorkers do.  Sometimes this can be an overwhelming experience, since the city has more than 18,000 food vendors according to nycvisit.com!
ACU News:
ACU first university in nation to provide iPhone or iPod Touch to all incoming freshmen  —  An Apple iPhone or iPod Touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democratic bill could force Apple, AT&T to unlock iPhone  —  When T-Mobile began selling Apple's iPhone in Germany last fall, a legal skirmish ensued, forcing the wireless carrier to sell it untethered to a contract—at $1,460, no less.  T-Mobile eventually persuaded a court that the two-year contract was legal.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Gotcha, CAPTCHA!  Gmail bot detector system cracked  —  The Gmail CAPTCHA has been cracked—albeit not easily—raising new concerns about spammers' ability to abuse Google's e-mail services.  Websense Security Labs pointed out the security breach late last week, noting that spammers have a lot …
Discussion: DygiScape and Zero Day
 
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony leery of the Eee PC?
Jimmy Shah / avertlabs.com:
Windows Mobile trojan sends unauthorized information and leaves device vulnerable
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Discussion: Redmond
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Life after page views: Web analytics 2.0
Discussion: GigaOM and Web Strategy
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lance Ulanoff's death spiral has begun
Andrew Park / Wired News:
The Brash Programmers at 37signals Will Tell You: Keep It Simple, Stupid
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise