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11:50 PM ET, February 18, 2009

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Hulu Blog:
Doing hard things  —  “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”  — Walt Disney  —  Later this week, Hulu's content will no longer be available through Boxee.  While we never had a formal relationship with Boxee …
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Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
the Hulu situation  —  we love Hulu. they have built a great product and brand (including one the best Superbowl ads this year). since our early days in private alpha, Hulu was the most requested site by our users. so we built support for browsing Hulu on boxee, reached out to Hulu …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Content Owners Force Hulu To Kneecap Boxee  —  Boxee, the powerful software package that can convert computers, Apple TVs and other popular products into media centers, has just been kneecapped by major studio content owners.  One of the product's most popular features since its implementation …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DEMO Gets Desperate: Shipley Out, Marshall In  —  Things are changing at DEMO, the startup and product-launch conference owned by IDG that competes with our own TechCrunch50 conference.  After 13 years, conference organizer Chris Shipley will make way for Matt Marshall, editor of VentureBeat.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
DEMO Producer Chris Shipley to Pass the Torch to VentureBeat's Matt Marshall  —  The DEMO conference, a Silicon Valley institution, will announce a changing of the guard tonight.  Executive producer Chris Shipley will begin a hand-off of leadership to Matt Marshall, San Jose Mercury News reporter turned blog founder at VentureBeat.
Discussion: Webware.com
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tumblr Ditches Anonyblogger Ban Amidst User Revolt  —  That was fast.  Yesterday, blogging service Tumblr moved to ban five accounts the site's admins judged were “harassing” users — the so called “anonybloggers.”  But after receiving “several hundred responses from users who are upset,” …
Discussion: Gawker and Tumblr Staff
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Enforcing Manners, Tumblr Shuts Down 5 Blogs  —  Please: be nice.  Julia Allison (at right), the blogger other bloggers love to hate, posing for a photograph at her 27th birthday party, in 2008, with fellow bloggers Meghan Asha and Robert Buka.  —  In a blog post written late Tuesday night …
Discussion: David's Log, Out of Print and Gawker
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Editorial: Ten reasons why Windows Mobile 6.5 misses the mark  —  The talk this week at Mobile World Congress has been largely positive about Microsoft's latest iteration of its smartphone UI, Windows Mobile 6.5.  Still, some of us at Engadget (well, one of us, at least), feel like the folks in Redmond missed the mark by a longshot.
Chris Davies / iPhone Buzz:
Google demo offline GMail webapp for iPhone: Video Demo  —  Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering at Google, demonstrated an offline-capable webapp for the iPhone 3G this morning that allows full access to a user's GMail even while the handset is in airplane mode.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Split decision on major Vista Capable ruling; decertification of class action could bring case to a close  —  U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman issued a key ruling in the ongoing Vista Capable class action lawsuit that could bring the case to a close.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge strips class-action status from Vista Capable lawsuit
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
HP earnings dip nearly 10%, will cut salaries  —  Hewlett-Packard is facing the reality of the recession, and finally slipped up on its earnings.  —  For the fiscal first quarter, the PC maker earned a profit of $1.9 billion, or 75 cents per share.  That's down 9.5 percent from a profit of $2.1 billion …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and The Register
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Intel/Nvidia Catfight Is About More Than IP  —  Intel on Monday night filed suit to stop graphics chipmaker Nvidia from tying its graphics chips to certain future Intel CPUs.  The suit filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery alleges that Nvidia doesn't have the right to integrate a Nvida GPU …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Google wins Street View privacy suit  —  A couple in Pittsburgh that sued Google claiming that the Street View on Google Maps is a reckless invasion of their privacy has lost their case.  —  Aaron and Christine Boring sued the Internet search giant last April, alleging that Google …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Five Years of Yahoo! Search  —  Five years ago today, Yahoo! launched its own search engine.  Since then, we've introduced a host of new features, vastly improved the relevance of both our algorithmic and sponsored results, and learned some important lessons.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS: Things Are Bad, But We Can Pay Our Bills; Dividend Slashed  —  CBS had a lousy fourth quarter, but that's not news: Wall Street expected it, and Les Moonves and company met revenue expectations while beating earnings.  —  The real news: The company is trying to resolve a looming debt problem by slashing its dividend.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell's Mini 10 Packs a Punch  —  Many of you have been keeping track of the Mini 10 since we previewed some details at CES.  Starting today, we'll begin taking preorders from customers in the United States through QVC.  U.S. online availability through Dell.com will follow soon after—it's scheduled for February 26.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GeeMail puts offline Gmail on your desktop  —  GeeMail is a standalone Gmail client that runs on Adobe AIR.  It looks and feels exactly like Google's Gmail, or at least how it did before the introduction of labs last year.  It's big feature is that it lets you view and reply to Gmail messages while offline.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey illuminates the site's founding document.  Part I  —  Twitter's prehistoric document, circa 2000.  An early temporary name was “Stat.us.”  —  Credit: Jack Dorsey.  —  Sitting in the Flickr archives is a nearly 10-year-old document uploaded a couple of years ago by its author …
Thanks:atul
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
Why the White House's Embrace of Drupal Matters  —  Drupal developers are abuzz with the realization that the White House's new Recovery.gov site was built using the free and open-source content management platform Drupal.  Pre-Recovery.gov, the perhaps highest-profile use of Drupal had been the Onion website.
Discussion: O'Reilly News, Thanks:gbrandonthomas
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Slows Down Mac Upgrades, in Sync With Economy  —  Apple isn't going to roll out a revamped Mac desktop anytime soon, because you wouldn't buy one anyway, analysts say.  —  Tough economic times, a shrinking desktop market and strong notebook sales make the idea of a sexy …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook begins testing ads for third-party applications  —  Up until today, Facebook has been content to let third-party developers make money however they wanted to, without offering its own services to help them do so directly.  Instead, it's just been making money from developers by running ads alongside some application pages.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tremor Media Raises $18 Million For Web Video Ads  —  Web video ad network Tremor Media has raised $18 million in series C financing.  —  Meritech Capital Partners led the round.  Previous investors include Canaan Partners, Masthead Venture Partners, and European Founders Fund.
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 incompatibility list: 2,400 major sites (and counting)  —  In an effort to improve Web users' compatibility experience, Microsoft added a new, user-selectable Compatibility List to the Release Candidate test version of IE 8 that the company released in January.
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Search Share Rises Again... And Google Falls!  —  Last month we reported a potentially important change in search-market share trends: After years of steady decline, Yahoo's domestic share numbers (YHOO) had increased for five months in a row.  Well, the good news continued in January …
The McKinsey Quarterly:
Six ways to make Web 2.0 work  —  Web 2.0 tools present a vast array of opportunities—for companies that know how to use them.  —  Technologies known collectively as Web 2.0 have spread widely among consumers over the past five years.  Social-networking Web sites, such as Facebook and MySpace …
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Testing A More Integrated Search Experience  —  Search and Trends in Twitter for a fraction of folks.  —  Twitter Search has been growing ever more popular despite the fact that it lives on a subdomain of our site.  Today, we've placed Search and Trends into the signed-in home pages …
Softpedia News Center:
Windows 7 Build 7048 Labeled Release Candidate 1 (RC1)  —  It is all speculation at this point in time  —  The first Release Candidate of Windows 7 is beginning to take contour.  Following the availability of Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 for the general public on January 10, 2009 …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Blog That Ignited a Privacy Debate on Facebook  —  By now, the three-day maelstrom surrounding Facebook's attempt to re-jigger its terms of service to give it more control over users' content has settled down a bit: the social networking service restored the original language early Wednesday …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and SC Magazine US, Thanks:atul
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Stealthier Mac Attacks  —  A new technique lets hackers targeting Apple's OS X cover their tracks more effectively.  —  Fans of Apple computers often boast about superior security.  But as Macs have gained in popularity over the past few years, this has brought much more attention from hackers.
 
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Apple Mafia  —  In Silicon Valley, Apple's quirky culture goes far beyond its walls.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers break into government travel site, feed users attack code
Rachel Tompa / Xconomy:
UW Computer Scientist Oren Etzioni on Startups, Venture Capital …
Discussion: TechFlash
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Computer Buying Still On Hold, Apple Laptop Demand Ticks Up
GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox Live accounts hit by email expiry blunder
Discussion: VG247
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
While people worry about Facebook photos, a million users let Google …
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 Earlier Items: 
NEWS.com.au:
Pickpocket steals secret data off Telstra boss
Discussion: Obsessable and WMPoweruser.com
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
Eyes On: Sygic Turn By Turn GPS App for iPhone
Discussion: AppleInsider, TG Daily, TUAW and MacBlogz
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Oh, the humanity: Windows 7's draconian DRM?
Discussion: OSNews and TechFlash