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9:20 PM ET, February 21, 2009

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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Where's Steve?  —  “The only thing worse than being talked about,” said Oscar Wilde, “is not being talked about.”  That has until recently applied in spades to Steve Jobs of Apple, a guy who, when I've interviewed him, has always asked what other people have said about him, “especially the bad stuff.”
Thanks:atul
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.
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: Pulse2, TechRadar.com, broadstuff and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Maybe Google Should Pay a Dividend  —  Five years ago this April, Google filed to list its stock publicly.  The founders let potential investors know it wouldn't play by some of Wall Street's rules, including paying them a cash dividend — which, the prospectus boasted, Google had never done.
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:atul
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.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Vint Cerf: We Still Have 80% 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 ReadWriteWeb last month.  (Video embedded below.)
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
Anne Dujmovic / CNET News:
TSMC exec: Chip industry to recover in 3 years  —  Things are gloomy all around, the global chip industry included.  And as much pounding as the semiconductor market has taken, it hasn't hit bottom.  The good news?  It's “pretty close,” Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
“Hurricane Carol” Bartz Could Announce a Major Yahoo Management Reorg Next Week  —  Several sources inside and outside Yahoo told BoomTown that new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz could be ready to announce a major reorganization of its management structure as early as next week, most likely on Wednesday.
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.
 
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