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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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Is Working On a Toolbar To Go After StumbleUpon, TinyURL, and All The Rest  —  A super-secret Digg toolbar has been spotted in the wild.  We tracked down a beta tester who gave us the skinny on its features.  The toolbar lets you Digg or Bury the page you are on, and shows how many Diggs it has already received.
Discussion: Webware.com, Pulse2, Ars Technica, TechSpot and digg.com, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
Tech~Surf~Blog:
Chris Shipley Speaks: The Real Scoop on Why the DEMO Producer Is Moving On  —  The DEMO conferences have a long, rich history, serving for some 19 years as “The Launchpad for Emerging Technology.”  It's a brand like no other in the conference business.  And I can say that as someone who's …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD CEO Meyer talks spinoff, Intel, small laptops  —  Advanced Micro Devices' CEO Dirk Meyer is confident about his company's ability to compete—especially with Intel—and believes a new focus on processors for smaller laptops will be key.  —  During a phone interview Thursday …
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
AirPhones Turns Your iPhone Into a Wireless Music Receiver  —  A new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you stream any audio from your Mac to your Apple mobile over a wi-fi connection.  —  It's called AirPhones, and it basically turns any pair of headphones or speakers into a wireless sound station.
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
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 …
 
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Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Variety Shutters Social Net To Focus On Job Listings
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Discussion: Music Ally
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Old Non-Customer Reviews from App Store
Discussion: Edible Apple
Fred / A VC:
One Thing You Don't Need To Be An Entrepreneur: A College Degree
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Ad Head Greg Coleman Reorgs Too! …
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
Waxy.org:
Translating “The Economist” Behind China's Great Firewall
 Earlier Items: 
John Furrier / SiliconAngle:
DEMO 09 Class of Demonstrators!
Discussion: VentureBeat
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Updating: Weather Reports Go Away?
Aaron Prebluda / Compete Blog:
Facebook vs. MySpace: Tale of the Tape
Thanks:atul
Steve Ranger / CNET News:
BBC hires Yahoo exec as CTO
Discussion: Jobwire