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10:15 AM ET, March 6, 2009

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Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
new version + hulu update  —  we started boxee because there was an opportunity in the media center space for a product/company who put the user first, while respecting the rights of content owners.  over the past year and a half we've listened to users, content owners, investors, working to create that platform.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee and Hulu can't reach an agreement, so Boxee creates a workaround (and launches an app store)  —  When Boxee was forced to pull Hulu support a few weeks ago, users were outraged.  And rightfully so.  It's not like Boxee, a software media center startup, was blocking the advertisements Hulu was showing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Begins Rolling Out Search and Trends  —  Twitter appears to be in the process of rolling out its integrated search feature with a search box and a trends button appearing on some user profiles today.  While the feature is not yet available to all users, our guess is that it's very much on the way - and soon.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Search box starts popping up on Twitter  —  (Credit: Twitter, screengrab by ReadWriteWeb)  —  The industry buzz is that searchability is one of Twitter's killer features, and indeed, it looks like the microblogging service is starting to put it more front-and-center.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Robert Scoble To Leave FastCompany  —  Super-blogger Robert Scoble is leaving his full time job at FastCompany, he confirmed by phone tonight.  He first joined the company nearly a year ago and has been running their FastCompany.tv site.  He says he'll continue to write a column for the magazine, but his video work with them is over.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I haven't posted for two weeks  —  TechCrunch has the news tonight: Scoble to leave Fast Company.  —  Back in 2003 I wrote a Corporate Blogging Manifesto.  Rule #13 is “don't write if your life is in turmoil.”  —  It's even harder to write when you are negotiating for stuff.
Aaron Greenspan / The Huffington Post:
Why I Sued Google (and Won)  —  Like most Americans, I use Google's search engine several times a day without so much as a second thought.  It was only in 2007 that my company's relationship with Google, Inc. temporarily escalated to that of a full-fledged customer, when Think Computer …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Breaking Apple's Grip on the iPhone  —  Firms Launch Sites Selling Unauthorized Software for Device, Posing Challenge to Official Online Store  —  Apple Inc. faces a growing threat to its iPhone strategy, as renegade stores spring up online to sell unauthorized software for the device.
CNET News:
Is Craigslist the world's biggest bordello?  —  Catherine is a 35-year-old sex worker in San Francisco who relies on Craigslist to reduce the physical risks often faced by a woman in her line of work.  —  “Craigslist is important to helping us avoid violence,” says the woman, who is originally from Europe.
Discussion: Guardian and Technically Incorrect
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Microsoft: Litigate on FAT, and you'll be the next Unisys  —  Remember “Burn All GIFs” from 1999?  In 2009, the Open Source mantra of choice could very easily turn into “Destroy all FATs”  —  If you've been following the news in the Linux community, you've probably heard that Microsoft …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
The Real Reason for Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Philips: OLED windows in a few years  —  Clear in the day, and all light and bright at night  —  Philips Research has shown off a new transparent OLED concept that is totally clear when turned off and then can be fully illuminated.  —  The theory of having a window that illuminates at night …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Engadget
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Security holes in Apple Time Capsule, AirPort Base Station  —  Apple has released a firmware update with fixes for three documented security vulnerabilities affecting its Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station products.  —  The vulnerabilities could lead to denial-of-service …
Discussion: Apple, Gadget Lab and Security Watch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Darknets and the future of P2P investigators  —  LimeWire's new software illustrates a growing trend: “darknets” are becoming simple to setup and use.  As millions of people now find that they can easily create their own private share networks, what's in store for content industry investigators …
Discussion: Music Ally, hypebot and Slashdot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
BackType Gets More Conversation Tracking Features, Seed Funding  —  BackType, one of the better conversation tracking tools we've come across so far, is releasing a couple of new features today that arguably make it a top gun in the space.  The startup, launched in August 2008 on $15k thanks …
Discussion: Twitterrati
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Oh Look... RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...  Remember back in December all the fanfare around that WSJ article claiming that the RIAA was abandoning its litigation strategy?  In retrospect, the whole thing is looking like a huge PR campaign rather than anything significant.
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet
Business Wire:
Circuit City Stores Closing Permanently on March 8  —  Record Shopper Turnouts Result in Early Closure for Chain  —  WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Liquidators managing the going-out-of-business sales at Circuit City stores nationwide announced today that all stores will close permanently …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Bloomberg:
Pre to Win IPhone Users After Contracts, McNamee Says  —  Palm Inc.'s new Pre smart phone will lure customers away from Apple Inc.'s iPhone when subscribers' contracts start expiring in June, Palm investor Roger McNamee said.  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo: Our hacker employee is no threat to your privacy  —  Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis sent an e-mail Thursday to his followers (also posted on his blog, and worth a read) disclosing that his company mistakenly hired a man convicted of computer crimes but who hasn't yet served his sentence.
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft pulls I Am Alive from Darkworks  —  Ubisoft has pulled its original disaster game I Am Alive from developer Darkworks and taken the project in-house.  —  The game was announced at E3 last year and expected to release this spring, but had been delayed until the financial year ending March 2010.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Music Industry's New Internet Problem  —  Music sites with freely accessible content are being used by a growing number of listeners as a substitute for buying music  —  Watch the Video...  Five years ago, New York-based graphic designer Gitamba Saila-Ngita spent around $100 …
The White House:
President Obama Names Vivek Kundra Chief Information Officer  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House.  —  The Federal Chief Information Officer directs the policy and strategic planning …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft protest organizer has a change of heart, agrees to cuts  —  Phil Palios, the 23-year-old Microsoft contract worker who organized the protest against the company's cutbacks, has decided this whole labor-leader thing isn't for him.  In a post published tonight, Palios explains …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and Phil Palios, Thanks:dreamsketcher
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB  —  SDXC, the new memory card spec announced at CES, promised exciting things, storage-wise.  Pretec demonstrated the first card that'll support the standard, and at a mere 32GB and 50MB/s, well, it's a step.
Discussion: Electronista
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Metallica's Lars Ulrich ‘Pirates’ His Own Album  —  In April 2000, Lars Ulrich launched his vocal campaign against file-sharing service Napster.  After discovering that Metallica's entire back catalogue could be found on the service he could hardly contain his anger and by July 2000 …
Dan Richman / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Hearst makes offers to staff online-only P-I  —  Staffers chosen to participate in an online-only version of the Seattle P-I were notified of their selection Wednesday and Thursday.  The selections indicate The Hearst Corp.'s plan for such a Web site is advancing.Two reporters said they received …
 
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN Releases Two “Whitewash” Reports to Defend its Positions on new gTLDs
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Gloomy Forecast for E-Commerce Sites
Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Opens Up: “If They Think It's Acrimonious, That's Sequoia's Problem”
Times of London:
Virgin Media puts content division on the market
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Living with Cancer in Silicon Valley
Discussion: CloudAve and Vendorprisey
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Windows 7's UAC is a broken mess; mend it or end it
Discussion: OSNews and digg.com
Economist:
Boom in the bust  —  Despite the recession, the mobile industry …
Discussion: broadstuff
The Daily Beast:
The Journal's Smart Bet
Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra tops 40M paid users: More popular than Gmail?
Discussion: The Open Road and digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's Tip Jar Uses Crowdsourcing to Help People Save Money
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analyst: Apple turns its back on e-book market