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8:20 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.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Facebook Hires Sandberg to Make Microsoft's $240 Million Investment Pay Off
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 Asia this year.  (We knew that.  When?  And in what countries?!?)
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple shareholders pepper Jobs with questions
Discussion: Valleywag and biskero.org
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:   Apple shareholders OK ‘Say on Pay’
Arn / MacRumors:   3G iPhone Arriving in 2nd Quarter 2008?
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 Announces Worldwide Availability of Office Live Workspace Beta
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.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Will 2008 be the Year of Micro Deals?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Additional Search Box Within Search Results  —  Tamar tipped me off to people seeing secondary search boxes in the Google search results.  I see them myself now.  For example a search on amazon returns this search box directly under the snippet but above the URL, here is a picture:
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Navigational Site Search Boxes
Discussion: TechCrunch and Google Blogoscoped
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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The Technium:
1,000 True Fans  —  The long tail is famously good news for two classes of people; a few lucky aggregators, such as Amazon and Netflix, and 6 billion consumers.  Of those two, I think consumers earn the greater reward from the wealth hidden in infinite niches.  —  But the long tail is a decidedly mixed blessing for creators.
Matt / Photo Matt:
Backing BuddyPress  —  Some of you may remember when I wrote about Chickspeak, a WordPress MU-based social network.  Andy Peatling, the fellow behind it, later decided to recreate the work he had done as an Open Source effort he called BuddyPress.  And it was good.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   WordPress: The Social Network
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.
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft Develops New Operating System From Scratch
Discussion: TGDaily.com and Microsoft Research
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
When the music costs nothing, why do freetards prefer to leech?  —  As we reported yesterday, Nine Inch Nails has followed the Radiohead example and is giving the music away for free.  Not all of it, but nine of the thirty six tracks from Trent Reznor's instrumental LP Ghosts I-IV are available for free, with a PDF thrown in.
Nick Heath / CNET News.com:
Windows-based cash machines ‘easily hacked’  —  Security experts have hacked ATMs to show how easy it is to steal money and bank account details from modern cash machines.  —  ATMs, or automated teller machines, today face the Internet-born threat of worms and denial-of-service attacks …
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.
comScore:
Number of U.S. Computers Accessing the Internet Via Mobile Broadband Soars 154 Percent in 2007  —  Mobile Broadband Usage Still Driven by Work Computers, but Poised for Expansion Among Broader Consumer Base  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Bobby White / Wall Street Journal:
The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching  —  Carriage Services Inc., a Houston funeral-services company, recently discovered that 70% of the workers in its 125-person headquarters watched videos on Web sites like Google Inc.'s YouTube and News Corp.'s MySpace for about an hour a day.
 
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Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
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Gary Gygax, ‘Father of D&D,’ Dies at 69
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 delayed
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Movie studios could be behind missing iTunes rentals
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steven Spielberg's Ghost Town
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