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1:35 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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple issues App Store-wide Emoji take-down order  —  Apple has issued an App Store-wide take-down of all Emoji-enabling iPhone applications.  There may be a few reasons for this decision, ranging from the gray area of how developers are switching on Emoji support to possible licensing issues.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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.
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.”
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
Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
A Second Rogue Facebook Application in Just a Week?  —  In a second attack, extremely reminiscent of the one that took place this weekend, Facebook users have once again been victimized by cybercriminals.  Reports started surfacing this afternoon of yet another rogue Facebook application posting notifications …
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
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.
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 …
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
India: Where Angels Fear To Trade  —  The country's innovation eco-system suffers from a lack of seed funding and mentors.  —  India has come a long way in building a global reputation as a technology industry to reckon with.  The country, however, is still struggling to find its stride …
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.”
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Survey reveals parents ‘concerned’ about content of video games  —  Almost three quarters of British parents are concerned about the content of video games, and want to see the industry independently regulated, according to new research from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Thanks:zagstruck
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%.
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
 
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia Comes With Music phones confirmed for US this year
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JPG Magazine Has Been Acquired, Lives Anew
Discussion: Guardian
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Novell chief rues first-quarter Linux performance
Rafael Ruffolo / IT World Canada:
Android narrowly trails iPhone in open source app race
Discussion: Slashdot
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
VOD chief: Comcast will survive in face of TV.com, Hulu
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Bartz Shows Who's Boss
Discussion: ChannelWeb, GMSV and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
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: Technologizer and CrunchGear, Thanks:c_santiago
Times of India:
Yahoo! India R&D head quits
Thanks:sampad
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search:
Google Analytics iPhone Traffic View Will Help Accelerate Mobile Ads
Discussion: ClickZ
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Pages Redesign Coming
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
It's not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you