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6:10 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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  Today, Microsoft announced that the Office Live Workspace beta is publicly available for everyone to access.  The site, a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, lets you access your documents online and share your work with others.
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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 …
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?
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 …
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Christopher Null:
What is a firewall and why do you need one?
Discussion: The Register
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.
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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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ResourceShelf:
All Things Must Pass; Moving On from Ask.com
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Google Android SDK Hits Security Speed Bump  —  Researchers find ways to exploit outdated and vulnerable open-source image processing libraries in the Google Android software development kit.  —  Google's Android software development kit is using several outdated and vulnerable open-source …
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Core Security:   MULTIPLE VULNERABILITIES IN GOOGLE'S ANDROID SDK
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Buys Pluck for $75 million  —  Demand Media, a big buyer and operator of Internet domain name companies, completed negotiations to acquire Austin-based Pluck last night after about two months of negotiations.  The price is not being disclosed but is rumored to be in the $50 million range.
Discussion: VentureBeat, HipMojo.com and Mashable!
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.
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.
Discussion: PDA, Bloggers Blog, Webware.com and Inquirer
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Research shows new search projects  —  Opening its annual TechFest event in Redmond this morning, Microsoft Research showed a pair of projects meant to help people make “collaborative” Web searches.  —  One, SearchTogether, is an Internet Explorer plugin that puts a sidebar into the browser.
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 …
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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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Penguin audiobooks to be copyright-free
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Nick Heath / CNET News.com:
Windows-based cash machines ‘easily hacked’
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
eMusic making good money from back catalog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
EFF to take RIAA on in court over “making available” claim
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Barack Obama Campaign Uses Wikis to Organize Volunteers
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Movie studios could be behind missing iTunes rentals
Paul Miller / Engadget:
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