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10:05 AM ET, February 19, 2009

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Jason / 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 …
Fred / A VC:
Why Hulu Should Embrace Boxee  —  For those that don't know, Union Square Ventures is an investor in Boxee and I am on the board.  For the past several weeks I have watched Boxee's management try their hardest to convince Hulu that Boxee is a big step forward for Hulu and Hulu's content partners.
Discussion: It's Rishi
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Content Owners Force Hulu To Kneecap Boxee
Arn / MacRumors:
Turn-By-Turn iPhone GPS App Already Available in iTunes  —  It seems despite all the anticipation about Turn-by-Turn GPS routing for the iPhone, an App already exists in the App Store that delivers this basic functionality.  —  XRoad Co.'s G-Map U.S. West and G-Map U.S. East apps were released …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Band Puts All Its Music (Plus More) Into A $3 iPhone App  —  The pop band The Presidents of the United States of America have released a special iPhone app that contains all of the music from all of their albums, as well as additional rare and unreleased music and images.
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,” …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint: Customer defections continue; Can Palm's Pre reverse the slide?  —  Sprint Nextel showed some signs of improvement in its fourth quarter, but is still losing customers at a rapid clip.  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the company has “high expectations” that the Palm Pre handset can attract customers to the wireless provider.
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Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2008 Results  — Consistently improving the customer experience by focusing on value, simplicity and productivity  — Increasing quarter-over-quarter Customer Care and Retail Customer Satisfaction in 2008; achieving all-time highs in December
Discussion: DSLreports and Local Mobile Search
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo Shows Search Ads With Images and Video  —  Yahoo is introducing a new type of search advertising that integrates images and video in paid listings, the company plans to announce Thursday.  —  Search advertising typically shows only text advertisements and links.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Little Engine That Could? …
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.
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Kathleen Richards / East Bay Express:
Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0  —  Local business owners say Yelp offers to hide negative customer reviews of their businesses on its web site ... for a price.  —  Send a letter  —  The phone calls came almost daily.  It started to get creepy.  —  “Hi, this is Mike from Yelp,” the voice would say.
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Privacy law call in Facebook row  —  The row over Facebook's change in its terms of service governing users personal data highlights the need for a privacy law, claims a leading watchdog.  —  The Electronic Privacy Information Centre was on the brink of filing a legal complaint …
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Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
The Complaint Almost Filed Against Facebook
www.StreamingMedia.com:
Tremor Media Raises $18 Million is Series C Round  —  Largest Video Ad Network to Solidify Its Leadership Position with Accelerated Product Development and International Expansion  —  Tremor Media, the leading online video advertising network and technology provider, today announced …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beet.TV
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tremor Media Raises $18 Million For Web Video Ads
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Contentinople, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple buying up available flash RAM supplies for next iPhone  —  A report issued on the flash RAM market indicates that Apple is inhaling supplies of memory components in preparation for the next generation iPhone, causing part shortages and raising the spot price for memory.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacker pokes third hole in secure sockets layer  —  Moxie Marlinspike's man-in-the-middle  —  Free whitepaper - The Register Guide: Taking stock of the IT environment  —  Website encryption has sustained another body blow, this time by an independent hacker who demonstrated a tool …
Discussion: Forbes
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.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Black hat, blank face: researchers crack biometric scanners  —  Multiple OEMs have positioned their face-recognition software packages and supporting laptops as offering a higher level of security than a conventional login/password system.  At Black Hat DC this week, however …
Discussion: The Register, DailyTech and Slashdot
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 …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
T-Mobile USA tests $50 unlimited call plan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile phone service, said on Wednesday it is offering a $50 per month service plan to long-time customers in San Francisco, in the latest sign that U.S. operators may be facing a price war.
Gary / HDGURU.Com:
New HDTV Makers Enter The US Market With LCD Flat Panels Up to 82″ Part I-HD Guru Exclusive  —  Honeywell's 82″ LCD HDTV (Outside Dimensions 52.9″ H x 79.6″ W)  —  Plagued by low profits (or outright losses), sagging sales, and enormous competition …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Kelly Winters / Facebook Developers:
Sharing your best practices for making money on Facebook Platform  —  We launched Facebook Platform to give you the opportunity to create innovative new experiences for our users, and with that gave you the flexibility to monetize those experiences in the ways you best saw fit.
 
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Has MySpace lost its cool?
Telegraph:
Robot mimics human action and plays rockpaperscissors
Discussion: Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Asa Dotzler:
how many linux users are there  —  Counting users for a browser …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Plea: Stop Hacking the Music Industry!
Discussion: PC World, The Register, P2P Blog and p2pnet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Flip Or Bust? FlipGloss Debuts Glossy Digital Photo Magazine
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaMemo
Bloomberg:
Baidu Says Sales Will Grow at Record-Slow Pace as Advertisers Cut Spending
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung WMG100 brings OmniaHD video to the television, via WiFi
Discussion: Samsung Central and Channel 10
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Sarah Lacy / Tech Ticker:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: How $35 Donations and Two Dozen People Power the Web Giant
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
While you were sleeping, three local stations shut off analog; here's how it looked
Discussion: Lost Remote, Thanks:etanowitz
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
ShareThis.com Aims to Become A Big Data Platform in the Next Web
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Apple Mafia  —  In Silicon Valley, Apple's quirky culture goes far beyond its walls.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Slows Down Mac Upgrades, in Sync With Economy
Discussion: Macsimum News
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GeeMail puts offline Gmail on your desktop
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 incompatibility list: 2,400 major sites (and counting)
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
 

 
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