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11:35 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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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
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 …
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Your Ads, Richer  —  Yahoo! adds video, images and custom links to search ads  —  Ever since we launched pay-per-click advertising, the ads have looked more or less the same: A headline, a line of ad copy, a link.  They haven't changed because, frankly, the combination works pretty well.
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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Little Engine That Could? …
Discussion: InformationWeek and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
The Presidents of the United States of America Unleash Multiple-Album iPhone App  —  Dave Dederer, former singer and guitarist for nineties hitmakers The Presidents of the United States of America, has fashioned quite a second career for himself as the vice president of business development for Melodeo …
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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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: The Lede, AppScout and Tumblr Staff
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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.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and Gadgetell, Thanks:atul
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Day 4 - Pirate Bay Defense Calls Foul Over Evidence  —  Prosecutor Håkan Roswall began the day by again referencing the case in Finland against the administrators of Finreactor.  Fredrik's lawyer Jonas Nilsson requested a copy of the case notes for the defense.
Discussion: p2pnet
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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.
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.
Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Windows 7: Cutting corners in the rush to market?  —  Is Microsoft ignoring beta tester feedback in its quest to ship Windows 7 come hell or high water in 2009?  —  Is Microsoft moving too fast with Windows 7?  That's the complaint coming from some members of the technical beta program.
Discussion: TechSpot
Saul Hansell / Bits:
I.B.M. Delivers Rural Broadband Over Power Lines  —  With $7 billion of government money on the line, it's no surprise that all kinds of companies are claiming they can wire the most isolated ranchers and cave dwellers with broadband Internet service.  —  On Thursday, I.B.M. piped …
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and DSLreports
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 …
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
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Has MySpace lost its cool?  —  I'm not entirely sure that Chis DeWolfe enjoyed our encounter at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The affable American, co-founder and chief executive of MySpace, was jet-lagged, having stepped off a flight from Los Angeles that morning into a punishing schedule …
Discussion: Mobile Industry Review, Thanks:dreamsketcher
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 and DailyTech
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
YouNoodle scores the buzz on 25,000 startups  —  YouNoodle, the company that made a splash last year by claiming to predict the future value of startups, is continuing its efforts to turn startup evaluation into a science.  Now it's adding a YouNoodle Score that tracks news stories to determine a startup's …
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.
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.
 
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
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Telegraph:
Robot mimics human action and plays rockpaperscissors
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Asa Dotzler:
how many linux users are there  —  Counting users for a browser …
Gary / HDGURU.Com:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Privacy law call in Facebook row
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 Earlier Items: 
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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
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey illuminates the site's founding document.
Thanks:atul
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GeeMail puts offline Gmail on your desktop
Discussion: AppScout and MobileCrunch