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4:20 PM ET, March 4, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sheryl Sandberg Will Become COO of Facebook  —  Facebook will announce that it will hire top Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as COO this afternoon, in a major hire that is sure to shake up the company and also deliver a blow to rival Google.  —  At Google (GOOG), Sandberg is the vice president …
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Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer  —  Facebook today announced that Sheryl Sandberg will join the company as Chief Operating Officer starting Mar. 24, 2008.  As COO, Sandberg will be responsible for helping Facebook scale its operations and expand its presence globally.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Veteran Leaves for Facebook
Discussion: paidContent.org
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple and Nike: Prove your workout mettle... with your iPod!  —  Today, Nike and Apple announced an expansion of the original Nike + iPod collaboration that originally stored data from your shoes on your iPod nano for transmission to the web.  Now, that list includes cardio workout equipment.
Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo and iLounge
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Office Live Workspace Beta  —  Customers get immediate access to the new service that extends Microsoft Office, provides anywhere access to documents and enables sharing functionality.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the public availability …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Highlights from Apple's Shareholder Meeting  —  Details are starting to emerge from Apple's meeting with shareholders, taking place in Cupertino today.  Among the tasty bits:  — The iPhone will launch in China this year.  (We knew that.  When?)  — India is also on the iPhone roadmap …
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Arn / MacRumors:   3G iPhone Arriving in 2nd Quarter 2008?
Business Wire:
Yahoo! onePlace(TM) Revolutionizes Mobile Content  —  Innovative Service to Offer Users a Better Way to Manage Important Internet Content on Mobile  —  Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) continues to enable the global mobile ecosystem with the unveiling of Yahoo! onePlace(TM) - a revolutionary mobile content management solution.
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Charles Wiles / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Shifting Google Gears to mobile  —  Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection?  That's happened to me many times.  If you've shared my pain, you'll be excited to know that we've launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
IAC's Ask.com to Cut 8% of Staff  —  Ask.com announced an internal restructuring that eliminates 40 jobs as well as plans to turn back the search engine's focus to better answering search queries posed as questions.  —  The job cuts, which amount to roughly 8% of the company's existing work force …
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Reuters:
Ask.com search site to cut jobs, realign strategy
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
The Age:
Hack into a Windows PC - no password needed  —  A security consultant based in New Zealand has released a tool that can unlock Windows computers in seconds without the need for a password.  —  Adam Boileau first demonstrated the hack, which affects Windows XP computers but has not yet …
Discussion: Engadget
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Christopher Null:
What is a firewall and why do you need one?
Discussion: The Register
Nokia:
Nokia to bring Microsoft Silverlight powered experiences to millions of mobile users  —  Extends choice for developers on the world's leading mobile platforms  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced plans to make Microsoft Silverlight available for S60 on Symbian OS …
Underwire / Wired:
Gary Gygax, ‘Father of D&D,’ Dies at 69  —  Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, according to Stephen Chenault, CEO of Troll Lord Games.  —  Gygax designed the original D&D game with Dave Arneson in 1974 …
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Will Greenwald / CNET News.com:
Gary Gygax, 1938-2008: Rest in peace, Dungeon Master
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steven Spielberg's Ghost Town  —  Hollywood super producer Steven Spielberg is preparing to launch a new social network, we've heard from multiple sources.  The focus will be on users who've had or who are interested in sharing paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC, now with living pixels!  —  We showed you quite a bit of the 9-inch Eee PC from ASUS yesterday, but they wouldn't let us turn it on.  Now that CeBIT has officially begun, however, ASUS is lighting up those pixels loud and proud.  ASUS tells us the screen is 1024 x 600 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Barack Obama Campaign Uses Wikis to Organize Volunteers  —  The Republican nominating contest for President of the United States is all but sewn up — Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are footnotes and with 256 GOP delegates at stake today, John McCain may have enough pledged delegates …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson targets a style-conscious audience with a small and neat slider phone  —  The stylish new T303 slider phone furthers Sony Ericsson's commitment to broaden its appeal to a wider audience.  Petite and good looking, it offers designer good-looks without the price tag to match.
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Movie studios could be behind missing iTunes rentals  —  When Steve Jobs announced iTunes Movie Rentals in January, he promised that iTunes would offer at least 1,000 movie rentals by the end of February, of which at least 100 would be HD rentals.  Since then, everyone just assumed that would actually be true.
 
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ResourceShelf:
All Things Must Pass; Moving On from Ask.com
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 delayed
Gabriel Ikram / DailyTech:
AMD Launches “Puma” Mobile Platform
Discussion: Engadget
Reuters:
Blink and you'll miss it: Japan's new eye iPod
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat in LA: Digital media happy hour at The Belmont, tomorrow
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
BBC:
Warner drops locks across Europe
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
ExpanDrive 1.01 is a new $29 file system extension for Mac OS X …
Darryl K. Taft / Application Development:
Adobe Floating on AIR
 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
Microsoft's European antitrust point man leaves for Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Penguin audiobooks to be copyright-free
Discussion: Techdirt
Nick Heath / CNET News.com:
Windows-based cash machines ‘easily hacked’
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
$25,000 uber-box gets Blu-ray
Discussion: Kotaku
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Research shows new search projects
Discussion: InfoWorld, Ubergizmo and WinBeta
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
The Refrain That Follows Bronfman
Sandisk:
SanDisk Makes Backup Effortless and Automatic
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable and coat hangers