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10:20 AM ET, March 11, 2008


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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO —, the long-gestating Internet joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox, emerges from limited testing on Wednesday to make its catalog of TV shows and video clips available to anyone on the Web.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Clickety Clack
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Hulu Launches Free Internet Television Service  —  Internet video site Hulu launches today, offering full-length episodes of more than 250 TV series, including Lost and The Simpsons, along with older hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  In addition, Hulu will feature content …
Discussion: WebProNews and
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches with Warner, Lionsgate  —  Wow Hulu, you really pile it on, don't you?  I can barely digest all the news the company is putting out tonight.  First and foremost, it's launching tomorrow.  It's also signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL (but not Quincy Smith's CBS).
Steven Musil / CNET
Mozilla releases Firefox 3.0 beta 4  —  The fourth beta of the Firefox 3.0 browser was released Monday and includes more than 900 enhancements over the previous beta, Mozilla announced.  —  The creator of the open-source browser said the new beta includes performance and memory usage …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 4 brings new Vista hotness  —  Mozilla announced today the official release of Firefox 3 beta 4, which includes over 900 additional improvements related to the previous beta release.  At this stage in development, most of the work on Firefox is heavily focused …
Discussion: Open Source
Firefox 3 Beta 4 Release Notes
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google, as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.  —  The Mountain View, Ca.-based company, which has been germinating for three years …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia  —  Mountain View based SearchMe has been around since 2005 and has raised $31 million from Sequoia, DAG Ventures and Lehman Brothers.  But until last weekend when I met founders Randy Adams and John Holland I knew next to nothing about them.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning  —  Based on the Twitter messages and blog posts I saw yesterday emerge real time from the SXSW conference, it sounded like Sarah Lacy's interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was, truly, a career ending, never seen before train wreck of epic proportions.
Associated Press:
Wal-Mart ends test of Linux in stores  —  NEW YORK - Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows didn't attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Wal-Mart ends Linux trials: “This really wasn't what our customers were looking for”
PC Pro:
Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots  —  The rapid growth of mobile broadband is set to make Wi-Fi hotspots irrelevant, according to an Ericsson executive.  —  “Hotspots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era,” claimed Ericsson's chief …
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
A WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Guide  —  As you might know, WordPress 2.5 is about to be released, and we wanted to encourage WordPress users to upgrade.  To Movable Type.  —  The truth is, there are lots of good blogging tools out there, and they're all good at different things.
EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google  —  Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google … Google operates an Internet search engine that offers search capabilities for end users free of charge and provides online advertising space on its own websites.
Discussion: CNET and paidContent
Richard Defendorf / CNET
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan  —  After ComScore reported a recent decline in Google's paid clicks, the Net ratings service followed up, noting evidence that the drop was due to “Google's own quality initiatives that result in a reduction in the number of paid listings and …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mark Zuckerberg on Data Portability: An Interview  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is at SXSW doing press interviews today and many people want to know what his thoughts are concerning data portability.  There's a big web out there that would like to give and take user data in and out of Facebook.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
EU approves Google's DoubleClick acquisition; Here comes the display ad ripples  —  European regulators on Tuesday approved Google's purchase of DoubleClick setting up the search giant's big splash in the display advertising market.  —  Thus far, the reports haven't gone beyond bulletins from the Wall Street Journal.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Google on data security: You can trust us, really  —  Google described on Tuesday how it secures the mountains of data that it handles every day, saying that it has highly automated processes and employs the best and brightest in Web security.  —  On the Official Google Blog, Douglas Merrill …
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet
Bill Carter / New York Times:
G.E. Chairman Rejects Talk of NBC Sale
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Spam from Gmail doubled last month
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Iger: Disney to Reap $1 Billion Online
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LaCie silently launches Mobile Disk, Desktop Hard Disk
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Electronista
Post & Courier:
Apple talks bearing fruit on King Street
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Home-grown video shows on tech are almost there. But not quite.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Sun dreams the impossible Java on Jesus Phone dream
Chris Grandis / PR Newswire:
Qualcomm Acquires Xiam Technologies Limited, Leading Provider …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Study: depressed turn to blogging as coping mechanism
All A-Twitter  —  Bill Thompson is impressed by the sense …
Discussion: broadstuff
Sowrock / High Performance Web Sites:
IE8 speeds things up
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten years old: the world's first MP3 player
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
10 strangest sights in Google Street View