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.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Oops: Microsoft Asks Some Laid Off Workers To Send Back Part Of Their Severance — Talk about adding insult to injury. Apparently Microsoft has inadvertently overpaid severance to some of its recently laid off employees, and is now asking for some of the money back.
Discussion: CNET News, The Microsoft Blog, TechFlash and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Steven Musil / CNET News: Microsoft wants refund from some laid off workers
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft wants severance pay back from some fired staff
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Microsoft Asks Laid Off Works For Some Severance Back [MSFT FAIL!]
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, 9 to 5 Mac, GottaBeMobile.com, Boing Boing Gadgets and digg.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: HP Mini 1000 turned into a MacBook Mini
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac: Hackintoshes spreading — The Hackintosh phenomenon seems to be going mainstream.
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Maybe There Is No Need for an Apple Netbook
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: The ultimate Dell Mini 9 Hackintosh guide
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
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com: Twitter's ‘suggested follows’ draw criticism
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: A TWITTER BUSINESS MODEL - SELLING AUDIENCES?
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.
Discussion: The Register, TECH.BLORGE.com, Bits or pieces? and ChannelWeb
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register: Shuttleworth gets cloudy with Ubuntu 9.10
Michael W. Jones / TECH.BLORGE.com: Ubuntu 9.10 will feature cloud computing
Kevin McLaughlin / ChannelWeb: Shuttleworth Dishes On Upcoming Ubuntu Release
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Google shareholders lose that loving feeling
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.)
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BlockShopper bullied into settling over Web links — Faced with the potential of crippling legal fees and an unsympathetic judge, Internet startup BlockShopper has settled with massive Chicago law firm Jones Day over how, exactly, to craft its links to the firm. Goliath wins this round.
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: Marc's Voice, Raw Thought and Joho the Blog
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice: Mimi's birthday blogging
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought: RSS Hits the Big Time
Cory Doctorow / Internet Evolution:
Media-Morphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform, or Destroy Your Favorite Medium — Introduction — Let me start by saying that I like newspapers. And let me say further that, no matter how much I like them, they just might not have a future. — The Internet chews up media and spits them out again.
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.
Discussion: Electronista, Edible Apple and Apple 2.0
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: A taxonomy of iPhone competitors
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.