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12:45 PM ET, February 27, 2009

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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's “In-House Sociologist” Shares Stats on Users' Social Behavior  —  The famous Dunbar number, or “theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships”, is generally accepted to be about 150.  However, in a recent interview with The Economist …
Discussion: Beyond Search and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Economist:
Primates on Facebook  —  Even online, the neocortex is the limit  —  THAT Facebook, Twitter and other online social networks will increase the size of human social groups is an obvious hypothesis, given that they reduce a lot of the friction and cost involved in keeping in touch with other people.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone  —  Apple's iPhone has wowed most of the globe — but not Japan, where the handset is selling so poorly it's being offered for free.  —  What's wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective?  Almost everything: the high monthly data plans that go with it …
Sachi Izumi / Reuters:
DoCoMo halts BlackBerry Bold sales due to overheating  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator, said on Friday it has halted sales of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold because the phone can overheat while the battery is being recharged.
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Too Hot To Handle: BlackBerry Bold Yanked From Store Shelves In Japan  —  The poor BlackBerry Bold.  This device has not had an easy life.  The latest chapter in the Bold's saga comes from Japan, where is has been pulled from store shelves by NTT DoCoMo due to overheating issues.
Discussion: Engadget and Engadget Mobile
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data  —  Background  —  We use MySQL for storing all of the data in FriendFeed.  Our database has grown a lot as our user base has grown.  We now store over 250 million entries and a bunch of other data, from comments and “likes” to friend lists.
Discussion: Simon Willison's Weblog, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Witness' Wife Overwhelmed With Flowers  —  Professor and media researcher Roger Wallis appeared as an expert witness at the Pirate Bay trial yesterday.  He was questioned on the link between the decline of album sales and filesharing.  Wallis told the court that his research …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony CEO Takes Over Company's Presidency  —  TOKYO — Sony Corp. said Friday that Howard Stringer, its chief executive officer, would replace Ryoji Chubachi as president in a move to give the CEO a freer hand in restructuring the struggling electronics giant.
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Hearst to launch a wireless e-reader  —  The publisher plans to introduce a large-format device this year based on electronic-ink technology.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Against a backdrop of plummeting ad revenue for newspapers and magazines, and rising costs for paper and delivery …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
CBS Beams ‘Star Trek’ Episodes to iPhones  —  CBS is taking the iPhone where no iPhone has gone before.  —  Today, it released an iPhone application for its TV.com site that can play full episodes of TV series, ranging from “C.S.I.” to the original “Star Trek.”
DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch Eee PC Shell ultra-thin netbook in April, says paper  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch its second ultra-thin netbook with a 10.1-inch panel, the Eee PC Shell, in April this year.  The netbook will have a higher specification than the Eee PC S101, will be easier to carry …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Much Would You Pay to Read Newsday.com?  —  Zilch.  That's the snap consensus from the Web pundits, who are baffled by Cablevision's plan to start charging for access to the online version of Newsday, the Long Island daily it overpaid for last year.  —  And it's not as if Cablevision …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Want to waive copyright?  Creative Commons has a tool for you  —  The Creative Commons has launched an official tool to guide content creators through the process of publishing their works under the highly permissive CC0 license, which enables them to waive all rights.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Downturn could be Microsoft's bonding moment  —  REDMOND, Wash.—It takes a lot to get different parts of Microsoft to really work together.  But the current economic turmoil might just be the thing to do it.  —  At least that's the working theory for Stephen Elop, the former Macromedia CEO …
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Gazelle: The browser that thinks like an OS  —  A new browser prototype from Microsoft Research offers a glimpse at the next stage of computing's evolution  —  Without question, Web-based applications are one of the most important developments in modern computing.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Shakeout Begins!  Video Startups in Play  —  It didn't take long after the credit crunch last fall for waves of layoffs to hit online video startups.  But surely all those tweaks and cuts didn't successfully revive every single company's fate.  And now, we're seeing the ensuing wave …
Discussion: Dealscape
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia Comes With Music phones confirmed for US this year  —  Following the reasonably successful UK debut of its unique Comes With Music subscription plan for cell phones, Nokia is now bringing the innovative model to other countries.  Comes With Music offers a unique (and slightly more favorable) …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm unleashes legal attack on critics  —  Beware the wounded beast  —  Free whitepaper - Utilizing IT to put data to work  —  News articles based on a survey indicating public opposition to Phorm's web snooping and advertising system have been withdrawn after the firm made legal threats to their publishers.
Discussion: paidContent
Jens Roland / TorrentFreak:
How To Kill The Music Industry  —  According to Per Sundin, CEO of Universal Music, the decline in music revenues in the past 8 years can be fully attributed to (read: blamed on) illegal file sharing.  If this were actually true, many of us might even respect his decision to go after pirates …
Discussion: digg.com
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
TripAdvisor adds flight, fare search  —  TripAdvisor LLC went live last night with a search engine that will pull together flight and fare data from multiple airlines and online travel agencies, a move that will put the Newton website in competition with Kayak.com and others in the lucrative fare search space.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop  —  A federal judge has ordered a criminal defendant to decrypt his hard drive by typing in his PGP passphrase so prosecutors can view the unencrypted files, a ruling that raises serious concerns about self-incrimination in an electronic age.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google: Stalled Data Centers Will Be Built  —  Google (GOOG) isn't abandoning the data center projects where it has slowed or halted construction due to the slowing economy, the company said this week.  In a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cell Phones: Demand Is Even Worse Than You Think  —  How bad is the market for cell phones?  Really bad.  Worse than really bad.  —  RBC Capital's Mark Sue this morning cut his Q1 forecast for global handset unit demand to 230 million, from 248 million, which would mean a sequential drop of 25%.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Amazon Kindle 3 Rumors Surface: Bigger, Better (Of Course)  —  The ink has barely dried on the new production Amazon Kindle 2 e-readers and now there's a hot rumor surfacing about the Kindle 3.  Among the speculation is one interesting suggestion: The Kindle version 3 may actually arrive on the shelves before Christmas.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Pages Redesign Coming  —  Facebook launched Facebook Ads in November 2007 to give brands and businesses a way to create a presence on Facebook and interact with users.  Starting next week, says a source with knowledge of the new product, those pages will be substantially redesigned.
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Bartz Shows Who's Boss  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz unveils a streamlined management structure for the Web portal, including the departure of CFO Blake Jorgensen  —  Just six weeks after taking over as chief executive of Yahoo! (YHOO) from co-founder Jerry Yang, Carol Bartz …
Discussion: ChannelWeb, GMSV and Pulse2
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
You shouldn't have to sell your souljust to download some music  —  The activities that are restricted by download licence agreements range from the ridiculous to the dubious  —  Here's the world's shortest, fairest, and simplest licence agreement: “Don't violate copyright law.”
Rafael Ruffolo / IT World Canada:
Android narrowly trails iPhone in open source app race  —  A new report from Black Duck Software finds that while Google's Android platform is flying under the radar for most mainstream smart phone users, developers are certainly answering the search giant's call to arms
Discussion: Slashdot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JPG Magazine Has Been Acquired, Lives Anew  —  JPG Magazine, the innovative photography magazine that was composed of user-submitted photographs and shut down last month, has been revived.  The magazine's assets have been acquired by a group of investors who will also continue to employee …
Discussion: Guardian
 
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Qualcomm Acquires Digital Fountain
Discussion: paidContent.org and Phone Scoop
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Novell chief rues first-quarter Linux performance
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
VOD chief: Comcast will survive in face of TV.com, Hulu
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Rogue Archivist Campaigns to Be Obama's Printer
Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Computer Shopper Is Going All Digital; April Is Last Print Issue
Discussion: CrunchGear, Thanks:c_santiago
Times of India:
Yahoo! India R&D head quits
Thanks:sampad
Frances Robinson / Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Has $920 Million Net Loss; Changes Management, Structure
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Expo Europe 2009 Cancelled
 Earlier Items: 
John Oates / The Register:
Europe ditches Skype probe
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search:
Google Analytics iPhone Traffic View Will Help Accelerate Mobile Ads
Discussion: ClickZ
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
It's not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you
Tech~Surf~Blog:
Chris Shipley Speaks: The Real Scoop on Why the DEMO Producer Is Moving On
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Tweet hackers reopen Twitter vuln
Discussion: noginn and Softpedia News