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7:50 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 …
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hulu pulls content from  — has pulled its content off CBS-owned, which relaunched last month, sources confirmed on Tuesday.  —  Attempts to access episodes of Heroes and other content from NBC and News Corp. partners in the Hulu joint venture displayed a “video unavailable” message.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Hulu pulls content off Boxee
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's mixed bag: Sales weak across all units, earnings on target …
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
Business Wire:
HP Reports First Quarter 2009 Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tim Smalley /
Intel files suit against Nvidia  —  We have just learned that Intel filed suit against Nvidia late last night in which it alleges that the four-year old chipset license agreement the two companies signed is not valid for Intel's current and future generation CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Discussion: Maximum PC all and DailyTech, Thanks:timsmalley
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE trials showing 50 to 60 Mbps download rates  —  Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it is testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service with the aim of launching commercial service in 2010.  Verizon Wireless said the 4G LTE network in field trials has demonstrated download rates …
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 …
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: Forbes, Thanks:atul
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Update on Terms  —  A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms …
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.
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 site was built using the free and open-source content management platform Drupal., the perhaps highest-profile use of Drupal had been the Onion website.
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Day 3 - The Pirate Bay's ‘King Kong’ Defense  —  The third day of the trial started with prosecutor Håkan Roswall who presented his updated/amended charges to the Court, taking into consideration the developments of yesterday (50% charges removed).  He characterized these amendments as a “small change”.
Discussion: The Local, Gizmodo, Ars Technica and Pulse2
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Oh, the humanity: Windows 7's draconian DRM?  —  Once again, we see fanciful claims about ludicrous DRM schemes in the new Windows operating system, but a closer look suggests that Windows isn't to blame after all.  Most users, in fact, won't even notice Windows 7's DRM.
Discussion: OSNews, InfoWorld and TechFlash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast's Customers Give The Cable Guy the Boot  —  Even in the worst of times, people are supposed to hold their TVs close to their hearts: Turn off the heat?  Sure.  But don't you dare take my cable away.  —  So this can't be good: Cable giant Comcast (CMCSA) turned in a fourth-quarter report card …
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 will follow soon after—it's scheduled for February 26.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave, CrunchGear and Electronista
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
While people worry about Facebook photos, a million users let Google know exactly where they are  —  Why should location-based social networks be worried about Google?  Because its new Latitude product was able to gain over a million users in just a week, Google's vice president …
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, its just been making money from developers by running ads alongside some application pages.
Pickpocket steals secret data off Telstra boss  —  A MOBILE phone loaded with top-secret Microsoft software given to Telstra boss Sol Trujillo has apparently been stolen by a Barcelona pickpocket.  —  The yet-to-be-released software was on a yet-to-be-released phone given to Mr Trujillo in Spain this week at the World Mobile Congress.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Split decision on major Vista Capable ruling  —  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.  She denied Microsoft's motion for summary judgment, but decertified the case as a class-action …
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
Discussion: MacRumors, Engadget and MacBlogz
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain Launches “Sponsored But Good” Revenue Model  —  Last week NY-based recommendations service Outbrain raised $12 million with a total of $18 million in total venture capital funding.  Today Outbrain is announcing the launch of their revenue model which they are calling, “Sponsored But Good”.
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Discussion: Investor Relations Blog, Thanks:atul
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Live Search QnA moves to MSN platform
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Windows 7 Build 7048 Labeled Release Candidate 1 (RC1)
Discussion: Gizmodo, and CrunchGear
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 Earlier Items: 
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
Eyes On: Sygic Turn By Turn GPS App for iPhone
Discussion: AppleInsider and TUAW
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Bentonville Mafia  —  As promised, here's part three …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 Compatibility List: Is it working?
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
CAPTCHA-crackers breach Windows Live Hotmail yet again
Discussion: eWeek

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