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8:40 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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Content Owners Force Hulu To Kneecap Boxee
Discussion: PC World, TVbytheNumbers and BetaNews
Fred / A VC:
Why Hulu Should Embrace Boxee
Discussion: It's Rishi
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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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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Little Engine That Could?  Yahoo Paid Search Adds Video and Pictures, Trying for More Clicks  —  Yesterday, Yahoo celebrated the fifth anniversary of the launch of its own search engine with some good news about its market share and by jazzing up its paid listings today with a plan to now include pictures and video.
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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.
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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Chris Davies / Pre Community:
Palm Pre gets HTML5 Google Maps app
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
The Complaint Almost Filed Against Facebook  —  Even after bloggers and consumer rights groups kicked up a cloud of suspicion around changes Facebook quietly made to its service agreement in weeks prior, the social networking site didn't back down.  Instead, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stuck up for these changes on the company's blog.
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Privacy law call in Facebook row
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.
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.
Thanks:atul
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
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
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.
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.
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Plea: Stop Hacking the Music Industry!  —  There can be no doubt.  This week has seen a level of support for The Pirate Bay that has taken almost everyone by surprise.  Sure, everyone knows it is the biggest BitTorrrent site and sure, the people who run it are some of the biggest characters …
Discussion: The Register, p2pnet and P2P Blog
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
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: Electronista and Computerworld
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge strips class-action status from Vista Capable lawsuit
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
While you were sleeping, three local stations shut off analog; here's how it looked  —  I just got back from watching three Orlando stations — WMFE-Channel 24, WVEN-Channel 26 and WRDQ-Channel 27 shut off their analog transmissions as part of the nation's transition to all digital broadcasting.
Discussion: Lost Remote, Thanks:etanowitz
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
The Presidents of the United States of America Unleash Multiple-Album iPhone App  —  Dave Dederer, former frontman of 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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Flip Or Bust?  FlipGloss Debuts Glossy Digital Photo Magazine  —  FlipGloss, a Forbes Media-funded digital magazine focused purely on editorial and advertising photo content, has launched the beta version of its site.  Featuring “lifestyle” based photography focused on fashion, design and travel …
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
 
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Gary / HDGURU.Com:
New HDTV Makers Enter The US Market With LCD Flat Panels Up to …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Bloomberg:
Baidu Says Sales Will Grow at Record-Slow Pace as Advertisers Cut Spending
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Judge Allows AP Lawsuit Against All Headline News To Move Forward
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung WMG100 brings OmniaHD video to the television, via WiFi
Discussion: Channel 10 and Samsung Central
Sarah Lacy / Tech Ticker:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: How $35 Donations and Two Dozen People Power the Web Giant
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
ShareThis.com Aims to Become A Big Data Platform in the Next Web
Discussion: WebProNews and The Social Times, Thanks:davedonohue
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tremor Media Raises $18 Million For Web Video Ads
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Beet.TV and Contentinople, Thanks:dreamsketcher
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 incompatibility list: 2,400 major sites (and counting)
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Stealthier Mac Attacks
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
Why the White House's Embrace of Drupal Matters