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4:20 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  —  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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Hulu pulls content off Boxee
Discussion: PC World
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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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: Tumblr Staff and Gawker
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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
While people worry about Facebook photos, a million users let Google …
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
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 …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Breaking Your Browser's ‘Padlock’
Discussion: Sean Michael Kerner
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
ShareThis.com Aims to Become A Big Data Platform in the Next Web  —  Have you noticed those little links next to blog posts and news stories that say “Share This”?  Click on that link and you get a pop-up with options to share an article on Delicious, Facebook, StumbleUpon or other services.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Social Times, Thanks:davedonohue
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 …
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.
Thanks:etanowitz
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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
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
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.
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.
Sarah Lacy / Tech Ticker:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: How $35 Donations and Two Dozen People Power the Web Giant  —  Whether it's Yahoo, Facebook or a no-name blogger, everyone on the Web is spending sleepless night after sleepless night trying to figure out how to wring more ad revenues out of traffic.  Well, almost everyone on the Web.
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
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers break into government travel site, feed users attack code
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Stealthier Mac Attacks
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Computer Buying Still On Hold, Apple Laptop Demand Ticks Up
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Blog That Ignited a Privacy Debate on Facebook
Discussion: bit-tech.net, blogs.ft.com and SC Magazine US, Thanks:atul
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
Why the White House's Embrace of Drupal Matters
GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox Live accounts hit by email expiry blunder
Discussion: VG247 and Joystiq
InfoWorld:
Microsoft kills Equipt subscription offering
Discussion: Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Why being a “hit” on iTunes doesn't matter yet
Discussion: NewTeeVee