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6:45 PM ET, February 21, 2009

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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook  —  I am typing on this on a 9-inch, 3G-equipped, almost-pocketable computer, running the best consumer OS money can currently buy.  It costs around $400.  Do you want one too?  Here's how to get yours.
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Ubuntu now has ‘cloud computing inside’  —  In a posting on the ubuntu-devel-announce list Friday, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, announced that Ubuntu 9.10 will be code-named Karmic Koala.  As usual, efforts surrounding the Linux distribution are divided between two target deployments, desktop and server.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Vint Cerf: We Still Have 80 Per Cent of the World to Connect  —  “By 2010 we will have run out of IP addresses if we don't do something about it,” Vint Cerf, Google's chief Internet evangelist and the man commonly referred to as “the father of the Internet,” told RWW last month.  (Video embedded below.)
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Emerging iPhone contenders charted, compared by RBC  —  With Apple's influence hanging over the Mobile World Congress event this week, the Royal Bank of Canada has released a comprehensive comparison chart of eight contenders that threaten to steal some of the iPhone's customers.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stimulus bill requires RSS feeds of how the money is spent  —  Now this is a pretty promising step on the path to open government: the new stimulus bill has a requirement for RSS-based disclosure of funds dispersed: … Raw Thought: RSS Hits the Big Time
Discussion: Raw Thought and Joho the Blog
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Driving People Back to Piracy?  —  Hulu caused quite a stir this week when, at the request of rights holders, it shut down Boxee's access to its streaming video platform.  While many discussed the business implications of this move, some are ready to do more than just talk about it.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Songbird, music player that wants to do everything, loses CEO  —  Songbird , the San Francisco company offering a free Web tool to discover, play and manage music across any device, is looking for a new CEO as it focuses on making money.  —  Robert Lord, who founded the company …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook “Error Check System” Application Still Runs Rampant (Updated)  —  This morning I've received at least 10 emails from people about misleading notifications that they received from friends suggesting that their friends “faced some errors” while viewing a user's profile.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Nevada bill would outlaw RFID security research, EFF says  —  A proposed bill in the Nevada State Legislature would make it a crime to do legitimate research on security weaknesses in Radio Frequency Identification, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said on Friday.
Discussion: The Register and leg.state.nv.us
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
FBI Tracks Down Oscars BitTorrent Uploaders  —  Two Californian men have been charged with uploading leaked copies of Oscar-nominated Hollywood movies to the Internet.  —  According to the U.S. attorney's office, yesterday a federal grand jury indicted Derek Hawthorne of Moorpark and Owen Moody …
Discussion: Fort Mill Times
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter's ‘suggested users’ get mammoth boost from new feature [UPDATED]  —  A sampling of Twitter's “suggested users.”  —  Some high-profile Twitter accounts have been seeing astronomical jumps in the number of users subscribing to their profile updates — tens of thousands of new followers, in some cases.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources confirm Microsoft is buying 3DV Systems  —  A report surfaced last week that Microsoft was buying 3DV Systems, a company that makes motion-detection technology, for $35 million.  My sources confirm that this is true.  —  Microsoft and 3DV declined to comment to me last week.
 
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James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free
Discussion: Slashdot
Jim Dalrymple / PC World:
What's at Stake in the Apple-Psystar Case
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Tech companies turning to pay cuts to lower costs
Discussion: louisgray.com
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon posts Kindle 2 user manual
Discussion: Crave and TechFlash
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
“Hurricane Carol” Bartz Could Announce a Major Yahoo Management Reorg Next Week
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sketching Obama's Cyberplans
 Earlier Items: 
Stuart Foster / The Lost Jacket:
OUT WITH A WHIMPER, NOT A BANG
Discussion: Invoke
John Boitnott / NBC Bay Area:
250 DVDs in a Quarter-Sized Device — Coming Soon?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cable Guys Plan Their Own Hulus: Anyone Interested in “Authentication …
Discussion: Electronista, Digits and NewTeeVee
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Last.fm not really sharing data with RIAA
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter slowly turning back on the SMS spigot
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul