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4:55 PM ET, February 19, 2009

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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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Discontinues 20" Cinema Display, Product Refreshes Coming?  —  Apple has removed the 20" Cinema Display from the online Apple Store and has notified resellers that the product has been “end of life'd” and can no longer be ordered.  —  While it may be possible that Apple has simply chosen …
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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Jeremy / Yelp Official Blog:
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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.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
MTV Pioneer Launches $99 Music Videos on the Web  —  Verizon is sponsoring latest channel from web studio Next New Networks  —  Back in 1981, Fred Seibert helped create MTV.  Now he'd like to recreate it on the web with a new network devoted to music videos made in a day for $99 or less.
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Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
A Music Video Site For Producers on a Budget
Thanks:sistaklein
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard's Hurd Cuts Employees' Pay as Silicon Valley Retrenches  —  Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd spent three years cutting costs to lift profit.  Now he's targeting employee pay to ride an economic slump he says will last the rest of the year.
Discussion: CNN and BloggingStocks
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HP CEO Mark Hurd's Memo to the Troops on Pay Cuts
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: Digits, p2pnet, Threat Level and PC World
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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: Obsessable and DSLreports
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Yahoo! Finance:   IBM and IBEC Initiate Broadband Access to 200,000 Rural Americans
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 …
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Upcoming Verizon news: BlackBerry Niagara, Hub updates, Netbooks, Apex  —  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with a couple details on some of Verizon's upcoming products and product offerings.  First off.. Netbooks.  We've been told that Verizon Wireless will 100% start selling Netbooks in stores around May of this year.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Stantum's mind-blowing multitouch interface on video!  —  We just got a look at some amazing touchscreen interaction, running on a humble resistive touchscreen with some OMAP hardware backing it up.  Stantum's technology is a software-based refinement to resistive touchscreens that allows …
AppleInsider:
Photo of next-gen Apple Mac mini in the wild?  —  A photo making the rounds on the Internet appears to conform to descriptions of a next-generation Mac mini published by AppleInsider earlier in the year.  —  The photo shows the rear of a Mac mini that includes five USB ports instead of 4 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DocStoc Does Its Part To Rid The Web Of Download Links  —  Document sharing site DocStoc has launched DocShots, a free service that allows publishers to convert any document on a website into a hoverable link that provides an instant online document preview.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How Much Data Fits On A Pin?  —  Researchers invent a technique that could cram 10 trillion bits onto a surface the size of a quarter.  —  For decades, hard-disk makers have been shrinking the electromagnetic media that store data to cram more information into a tinier footprint.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Testers get SP2 Release Candidate for Vista and Server 2008  —  Microsoft has released the Release Candidate build of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 to the public.  The build can be downloaded by anyone willing to test it.  —  Microsoft today released …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail With Custom Colors  —  You can now make Gmail as ugly or pretty as you want - by choosing your own colors.  Go to Gmail -> Settings -> Themes, and click “Choose your own colors”.  This opens a window where you can configure a template with instant preview.  Hit Save & Close, and Gmail will appear in your custom colors.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Telstra executive sparks Microsoft security scare  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a news conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and (inset) Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo.  —  Asher Moses  —  An unnamed Telstra executive has sparked a major security scare …
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.
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
‘Kosher’ GPS device gets official launch  —  It lists thousands of kosher restaurants and includes the Book of Psalms, the three daily prayer services, the Traveler's Prayer, a Hebrew calendar, and two versions of Grace After Meals.  —  Welcome to the “kosher” GPS device.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and GPS Obsessed
Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Scientists make advances on “nano” electronics  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two U.S. teams have developed new materials that may pave the way for ever smaller, faster and more powerful electronics as current semiconductor technology begins to reach the limits of miniaturization.
Discussion: Electronista
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Meetic acquires the European Business of Match.com and Makes History  —  It is a first ever in the european internet industry.  It is not an american internet major player acquiring a european business but the other way round, as Meetic and Match.com just announced.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
YouTube Selling More Ads To Larger Advertisers—But Only On A Fraction Of Videos  —  YouTube may finally be making some headway in convincing big marketers to get over their phobia of user-generated content.  A new report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says YouTube is selling …
Discussion: WebProNews and NewTeeVee
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Recovery.gov blocked search engine tracking  —  Update: As of 8 a.m. PST, within three hours of this story first going live, it appears that President Obama's Web team has (silently) pulled the robots.txt file from the Recovery.gov Web site.  The site is now open to Web crawlers of all kinds.
Discussion: techPresident and TG Daily
 
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Martin Vaughan / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Allen May See Stimulus Windfall
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Jeremy Mullman / AdAge:
Anheuser-Busch Pulls the Plug on Bud.TV
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm confirms games are in development for Pre, drops a few other tidbits
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Coghead Grinds To A Halt, Heads To The Deadpool
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Windows 7: Cutting corners in the rush to market?
Discussion: InfoWorld, TechSpot and Zoli's Blog
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Has MySpace lost its cool?
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