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1:50 AM ET, February 22, 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
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
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook  —  I am typing 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.
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, broadstuff, TechRadar.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
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.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Bloggers fight for Hollywood supremacy  —  With one day to go before the Oscars, some tense races are nearing the home stretch.  Will the best-picture winner be the favourite Slumdog Millionaire or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?  Is 2009 going to be Kate Winslet's year or will she lose out to Meryl Streep?
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 ReadWriteWeb last month.
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.
Discussion: Slashdot
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
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
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Andreessen in realtime  —  At a time when many people are saying innovation is dead along with the economy as we knew it, I can't help but feel the hot breath of a surge in the power of the network.  As Marc Andreessen reminds in his fascinating conversation with Charlie Rose, the Internet didn't take off until the browser.
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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Cory Doctorow / Internet Evolution:
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Anne Dujmovic / CNET News:
TSMC exec: Chip industry to recover in 3 years
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Nevada bill would outlaw RFID security research, EFF says
Discussion: The Register
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Emerging iPhone contenders charted, compared by RBC
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Songbird, music player that wants to do everything, loses CEO
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free
Discussion: Slashdot
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Driving People Back to Piracy?
Discussion: Lifehacker
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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
FBI Tracks Down Oscars BitTorrent Uploaders
Discussion: Fort Mill Times
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources confirm Microsoft is buying 3DV Systems
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon posts Kindle 2 user manual
Discussion: Crave and TechFlash
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sketching Obama's Cyberplans