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3:35 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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is not stepping aside for a chief executive as Larry Page and Sergey Brin did at Google or as Jerry Yang and David Filo did at Yahoo.  He is following the Bill Gates model and holding the top post …
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
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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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.
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
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Security vendors prep anti-virus software for Mac OS X
Discussion: BBC NEWS and PC World
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 and Gizmodo
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Nikebiz:
Nike + iPod Experience Coming To A Gym Near You  —  BEAVERTON, Ore. (4 March 2008) - Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Apple revolutionized the way people run with Nike + iPod and now the companies are redefining the way people work out by bringing the Nike + iPod experience to gyms around the world this summer.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Spot Runner Acquires Weblistic, Seeks Synergies Between TV and Online Advertisements  —  Spot Runner, an online service that helps local businesses develop and run professional-looking advertisements for TV and radio, has acquired Weblistic, a company that helps these same businesses run online advertising campaigns.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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 …
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 …
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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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Penguin audiobooks to be copyright-free
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
10-K Watch: Scripps' Interactive Troubles Go On, And On And On
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Highlights from Apple's Shareholder Meeting
Discussion: CNET News.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Research shows new search projects
Discussion: InfoWorld, Ubergizmo and WinBeta
Will Greenwald / CNET News.com:
Gary Gygax, 1938-2008: Rest in peace, Dungeon Master
Discussion: BBC NEWS
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Videogame Ad Spend To Hit $1 Billion By 2012: eMarketer
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
Sandisk:
SanDisk Makes Backup Effortless and Automatic
Ambika Ahuja / Associated Press:
Om my: Are Buddhist monks flirting online?
Discussion: AppScout
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sets Sights on 45-nm