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4:50 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: AdAge, Reuters, paidContent.org and GMSV
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's New Team Now Has Names  —  Earlier today, a Yahoo [YHOO Loading...  () ] insider told me today would be all about “structure,” and that the executives a part of the new structure would leak out eventually.  —  To heck with those leaks, Yahoo just sent me the entire list.
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: GeekTonic and Softpedia News, 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 the 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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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
Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain News:
Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday  —  Executives from E.W. Scripps Co., announce their decision on the future of the Rocky Mountain News in the 150-year-old newspaper's newsroom on 2/26/09 in Denver.  In December 2008, the Rocky's parent company put the paper up for sale …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Gawker
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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: GMSV, TeleRead and The Noisy Channel
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 …
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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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 …
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).
Business Wire:
Sharp Cost Reductions and Operational Execution Highlight Dell's Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Results  —  Q4 Operating Expenses Down $363 Million Year-Over-Year Cash Flow from Operations $729 Million, Nearly $2 Billion for Full Year Company Raises Fiscal 2011 Cost-Reduction Goal from $3 Billion to $4 Billion
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Newsday plans to charge for online news  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp plans to charge online readers of its Newsday newspaper, a move that would make it one of the first large U.S. papers to reverse a trend toward free Web readership.  —  Newsday, which covers …
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.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
MPs call for tighter controls on Google  —  Politicians have urged the Government to put an end to Google's dominance of the online search advertising market, calling for the matter to be referred to the Competition Commission.  —  Twenty-nine MPs have signed an Early Day Motion outlining their concerns.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: High maintenance costs are pushing customers to us  —  Salesforce.com delivered strong fourth quarter results that put CEO Marc Benioff in a more chatty mood than usual.  The big takeaway: Salesforce.com is using high maintenance costs from big vendors like Oracle and SAP to its advantage.
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) …
David Coursey / PC World:
What If Jobs Doesn't Return To Apple?  —  Regardless of what Apple honchos said at today's shareholder meeting, I have come to the sad conclusion that Steve Jobs will never return to the helm at Apple.  This is another of those “I hope am wrong, but . . .” posts that I hate to write.
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:
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Perry: PSP 2 is Real, Could Hit This Fall
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Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Id Software Hopes ‘Quake Live’ Lasts At Least A Decade
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