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3:35 PM ET, February 26, 2009

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Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Getting our house in order  —  A month and a half in the saddle and today I have the perfect excuse to get blogging.  —  I've been on a whirlwind tour for the last six weeks, talking with everybody from executive leaders to the guys who configured my laptop.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo CFO Jorgensen resigns  —  Yahoo CFO Blake Jorgensen, who addressed analysts at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday, has resigned from the company.  In a very brief SEC filing, the company wrote: … He was pretty much a Yahoo cheerleader during the Goldman Sachs event …
Discussion: Reuters and paidContent.org
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's New Team Now Has Names
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Engineering Windows 7:
Some Changes Since Beta for the RC  —  We've been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all the feedback we've received on Windows 7.  It should be no surprise but the Release Candidate for Windows 7 will have quite a few changes, many under the hood so to speak but also many visible.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft publishes list of changes in Windows 7 RC
Discussion: Softpedia News and GeekTonic, Thanks:leemathews
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook releases draft of new user terms, asks for user feedback  —  Facebook is now asking for user feedback on a draft version of its proposed replacement for its previously-contested Terms of Service.  The company is also announcing a guiding set of “Principles” (also open for comment) …
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Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Opens Governance of Service and Policy Process to Users  —  Releases Draft Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities For User Review, Comment and Vote  —  Facebook® today announced a new approach to site governance that offers its users around the world …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Zuckerberg Announces Next Steps on Facebook's Terms of Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook, Thanks:justinsmith
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to further polish Leopard with 10.5.7 update  —  Apple this week is believed to have tapped its vast developer community to begin testing Mac OS X 10.5.7, a sizable maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system with a particular focus on syncing improvements.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Let SearchMonkey Feed Your Facebook Addiction  —  Starting today, Facebook enhanced results will automatically appear in search results.  This means users can add a friend, poke, send a message, and view a person's friends from the deep links on the search results page.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo SearchMonkey Adds Facebook Profile Actions Into Search Results
Discussion: CNET News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
White hat hackers target the iPhone  —  How secure is your smartphone?  We may find out next month.  —  Hackers and computer security experts gathering on March 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the third annual Pwn2Own contest will be targeting five smartphones: an Apple (AAPL) …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Finally Reveals Some Of The Patents It Claims Linux Infringes... Sorta  —  For years, Microsoft has waved around the FUD stick concerning the 200+ patents it claimed to hold that Linux implementations supposedly infringed upon.  However, when confronted, the company never seemed willing to name a single such patent.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Are iPhone Users Willing to Pay for Content?  —  It may be no surprise that the bestselling computer book so far this year is “iPhone: The Missing Manual,” by my colleague David Pogue (O'Reilly, 2007).  —  But here is something that did surprise me: The most popular edition of this book isn't on paper …
Discussion: TeleRead and The Noisy Channel
Frederik Schaffalitzky / Google LatLong:
Explore more with User Photos in Street View  —  Starting today, a new feature lets you browse popular user-contributed photos from Panoramio at major landmarks around the world.  The many people who virtually visit Paris to see the famous Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame cathedral in Street View …
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Kindling a Revolution: E Ink's Russ Wilcox on E-Paper, Amazon, and the Future of Publishing  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Almost as soon as Amazon released the Kindle e-book reader in November 2007, I settled in to wait for the Kindle 2.  Like many other observers, I thought Amazon …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web censorship plan heads towards a dead end  —  The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship has effectively been scuttled, following an independent senator's decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 9: BitTorrent Is Not Evil  —  First up today was Kristoffer Schollin who spoke via telephone from Gothenburg University.  He explained he is a lecturer in IT law with a particular interest in file-sharing and has written a paper on Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Discussion: Ars Technica, p2pnet and The Local
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
First Wave of Cisco Layoffs Begins  —  Cisco Systems Inc. laid off several hundred employees this week, joining other tech giants that have cut staff as they deal with the recession.  —  The layoffs are the first wave of a planned cut of up to 2,000 employees.
Discussion: CNET News, Digital Daily and 247 Wall Street, Thanks:atul
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
PowerBook explodes in London office  —  STAFF IN THE London office of a marketing company were left shocked and reeling yesterday after an Apple PowerBook burst into flames.  —  The company asked not to be identified, as IT manager Steven told how he was called to the scene by reports of smoke billowing out of an employee's computer.
Thanks:richi
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell's A Mess, And Will Continue To Be  —  Dell [DELL Loading...  () ] will release its fourth quarter earnings after the bell tonight, and despite some draconian cost cuts and a rock-bottom share price, it is an unattractive investment.  And will be for the foreseeable future.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook now available to order, officially  —  After a rocky start that is becoming increasingly common for the company, Dell has now officially made its new Mini 10 netbook available for order.  The snazzy little netbook first appeared on the site for pre-order a few days ago …
Thomson IR:
Rocky Mountain News to Close  —  Final edition will be published Feb. 27  —  Following a sale process that produced no qualified buyers, The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) announced that the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's oldest newspaper, will cease publication after its final edition on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Enters the Twitter Game : Google + Twitter = Twoogling?  —  Google is now on Twitter.  As insane as it may seem, it has taken Google years to start using their Google account, which is located at Twitter.com/Google  —  Google + Twitter = Twoogling?
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Google Challenges Hackers to Native Client Security Contest  —  Google wants hackers to take their best shot at cracking Native Client security.  Google is offering prizes for the top five vulnerabilities hackers can find.  The contest ends May 5.  —  Google is hosting a contest …
Discussion: The Open Road and Zero Day
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Full text: Microsoft's email on cutbacks for temporary workers  —  As reported earlier today, Microsoft is reducing the rates it's paying for many of its temporary workers, citing the bad economy.  Read on for the full text of the company's email on the subject, which we obtained in the course of our work on the story.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
VMWare For Mobile Devices Lets You Run Windows and Android Simultaneously  —  Ok, this is even cooler than we expected: a Nokia N800, loaded with VMWare's MVP hypervisor, is seen here running Windows CE and Android, at the same time.  This is a big deal!  —  What you're watching is, admittedly, virtualization.
 
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Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
Blogger and Google Friend Connect unite
Discussion: Epicenter and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Technology Expert / Tech-Ex:
HP's Upline to Get Permanent Downtime
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Should Jack Straw use Hotmail for gov business?
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Better Interface for Uploading Gmail Attachments
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Troubling Implications Of Recognizing ‘Hot News’ As Property
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL International Head Out: Rejiggering Commences!
Discussion: paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels Reach A New Low, Sue Developer For Using Seeqpod API
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Hands Off Our “T”!
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Palm Energizes Developers for the Pre Phone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, CrunchGear and Obsessable
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia considering entering laptop industry