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2:45 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.
New York Times:
Facebook Hires a Google Executive as No. 2
Discussion: Digital Daily and TGDaily.com
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gears Goes Mobile
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 …
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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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Joe Fay / The Register:
Yahoo! unveils third leg for managing mobile content
Discussion: TGDaily.com and Mashable!
John Biggs / TechCrunch:   Yahoo! onePlace: Mobile Content Collection
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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Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Microsoft goes public with Office Live Workspace beta
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News.com and 901am
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 …
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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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple well shy of movie rental goals
Discussion: Apple Gazette and iLounge
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable and coat hangers  —  We've always believed that the perceived quality boost that comes from using high-end cables is really just a trick of the mind (read: justifying the ridiculous cost of premium cables to yourself) …
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 …
Discussion: Wired News
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
Techies Sell Their Expertise Via Techdirt  —  For the past decade Mike Masnick has run Techdirt.com as a blog for tech intellectuals.  He and his staff bore deep into details of issues that most media overlook or misinterpret.  They tackle all manner of tech subjects, from legal issues …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Spot Runner Acquires Online Marketer Weblistic  —  Santa Monica-based Spot Runner, which uses the web to help marketers buy TV ad spots, has acquired Weblistic, a provider of online marketing service for small businesses.  The acquisition expands the breadth of services offered by Spot Runner …
 
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
IAC's Ask.com to Cut 8% of Staff
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Videogame Ad Spend To Hit $1 Billion By 2012: eMarketer
Discussion: HipMojo.com
The Age:
Hack into a Windows PC - no password needed
Discussion: Engadget
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC: No plans for a Comcast-BitTorrent hearing at Stanford
John Ribeiro / Washington Post:
Yahoo sets up new lab in India
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seeking Alpha
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
The Refrain That Follows Bronfman
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD to challenge Centrino with Puma platform
Discussion: Electronista
Sandisk:
SanDisk Makes Backup Effortless and Automatic
 Earlier Items: 
ZDNet:
Sources: Samsung, Sony invest big on LCDs, Pioneer exits plasma
Discussion: Electronista
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Experiments in Reality Mining with Bluetooth MyBlogLog
Ambika Ahuja / Associated Press:
Om my: Are Buddhist monks flirting online?
Discussion: AppScout
Lei Zhang / Google LatLong:
Finding that free space
Discussion: Screenwerk and AppScout
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Security vendors prep anti-virus software for Mac OS X
Discussion: BBC NEWS and PC World
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sets Sights on 45-nm
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell gets rugged to pump up sales
PR Newswire:
TomTom Reveals Revolutionary IQ Routes(TM) Technology on New TomTom GO Series