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9:20 AM ET, February 27, 2009

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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.”
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Steve Donohue / Contentinople:
TV.com Launches iPhone App
Discussion: PC World, Obsessable and NewTeeVee
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, 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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Open-source leaders see Microsoft-TomTom suit as a threat  —  Despite Microsoft assurances that a patent lawsuit against GPS navigation company TomTom is not targeting the overall Linux community, open-source leaders said on Thursday that the legal action is antagonistic toward the movement.
Discussion: OSNews, Open Source and The Open Road
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Jay Lyman / 451 CAOS Theory:
Microsoft suing TomTom, not Linux, not open source
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.
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Stringer Adds Sony President Role  —  TOKYO — Sony Corp. replaced Chief Executive Howard Stringer's top two subordinates and handed the CEO full control of the company's flagging electronics division at a time when the Japanese conglomerate is facing an unprecedented plunge in profit and revenue.
Discussion: PC World, Electronista, VG247 and Engadget
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, Pulse2 and GMSV
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Pirate Bay's neo-Nazi sugar daddy  —  And the strange silence of the Freetards  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in SOX compliance  —  The trial of the Pirate Bay operators in Sweden has generated huge amounts of media coverage.  But one of the most interesting things about Pirate Bay hasn't got a mention.
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 …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What to do if your startup is about fail (or “Don't Stop Believing")  —  Rock out To This While Reading: Don't Stop Believing  —  Forward To: Startups that are hitting the wall  —  A lot of CEOs with less than 12 months of capital left have been  —  asking me for advice about what to do, given the massive economic
Discussion: Ramamia Company Blog
John Oates / The Register:
Europe ditches Skype probe  —  Calling for clarity  —  Free whitepaper - Harnessing the power of ITIL  —  Eurojust - the EU body for judicial cooperation - is not investigating ways to intercept Skype calls, contrary to reports earlier this week.  —  Eurojust originally said it aimed …
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search:
Google Analytics iPhone Traffic View Will Help Accelerate Mobile Ads  —  I like to say that Google usually has multiple objectives for any of its new products.  Name a product and I'll speculate about the multiple goals it seeks to accomplish.  Some of those may be altruistic or market-making …
Discussion: ClickZ
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.
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 …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AdSense Outage Is Another Google Misstep  —  It hardly got the attention that Tuesday's Gmail outage or ViddyHo/Google Talk phishing incident saw, but Google's advertising system, AdSense, had a hiccup of its own Wednesday. … The service was down for about 90 minutes, a spokeswoman confirmed, and did not affect many Web publishers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Expo Europe 2009 Cancelled  —  A message on the German O'Reilly community blog indicates that the Web 2.0 Expo Europe, an annual event held in Berlin, Germany, has been suspended for this year in the face of the worst economic downturn in decades.  (translated version here) The event …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Tweet hackers reopen Twitter vuln  —  Clickjack tit-tat  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro marries security with Cloud Computing  —  Twitter's tit-for-tat struggle against clickjackers continues.  —  Two weeks after the micro-blogging site immunized its users against a fast-moving worm …
Discussion: noginn and Softpedia News
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Governing the Facebook Service in an Open and Transparent Way  —  Last week, we returned to our previous Terms of Use as we worked on a new set of governing documents that would more clearly explain the relationship between Facebook and its users.  Since then, I've been excited …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Rogue Archivist Campaigns to Be Obama's Printer  —  For more than a decade, Carl Malamud of public.resource.org has been angering government bureaucrats by setting government documents free using his online pirate printing press.  —  But now, Malamud is campaigning to be The Man.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, Thanks:atul
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.”
Discussion: GamePolitics News and Slashdot
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Computer Shopper Is Going All Digital; April Is Last Print Issue  —  You're reading it here first ... paidContent has learned that Computer Shopper will cease print publication with its April issue, due off the press next week, and become online only at ComputerShopper.com.
Thanks:c_santiago
Times of India:
Yahoo! India R&D head quits  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: Search engine major Yahoo! India on Friday said that its research & development (R&D) unit Chief Executive Officer Sharad Sharma has decided to quit the company and Shoubick Mukherjee has been named as the company's new R&D head.
Thanks:sampad
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
VOD chief: Comcast will survive in face of TV.com, Hulu  —  This week, Comcast announced its OnDemand Online service, promising anywhere online access to Comcast programming (broadcast, basic and premium channels, etc.) for its customers.  —  I sat down with Doug Sylvester …
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Variety Shutters Social Net To Focus On Job Listings  —  Less than a year after it started, Variety is shutting down its social networking and job listing site, The Biz, to focus exclusively on the job market.  In an e-mail sent Thursday night to Biz subscribers, Variety said that starting Monday …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
It's not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you  —  Malware authors and hackers have to eat like the rest of us, but security data from 2008 suggests many engage in their illegal activities for other reasons besides a desire to get money.  Twenty-four percent of all the attacks …
 
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Frances Robinson / Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Has $920 Million Net Loss; Changes Management, Structure
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Colleges ready to try blanket music licenses from Choruss
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Chris Shipley Speaks: The Real Scoop on Why the DEMO Producer Is Moving On
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Old Non-Customer Reviews from App Store
Discussion: Edible Apple
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD's Meyer talks spin-off, Intel, small laptops
Discussion: eWeek
Fred / A VC:
One Thing You Don't Need To Be An Entrepreneur: A College Degree
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Translating “The Economist” Behind China's Great Firewall
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