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11:10 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: NewTeeVee and Search Engine Land
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Hulu Back On Boxee... Without Hulu's Help
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 …
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
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: bub.blicio.us and 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.
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.
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm investor: Pre will trump iPhone  —  Palm investor Roger McNamee is talking smack and arguing that Apple iPhone users will jump ship to the to-be-launched Pre.  —  According to Bloomberg, McNamee said: … And. … That's some heady talk from an investor in a company that needs to ship the Pre on time to survive.
Discussion: Electronista
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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
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
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 …
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
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
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Is Google Rewiring Our Brains?  —  Some time ago, I wrote an article called “Are Our Brains Becoming Googlized?”  It became my most read Search Engine Land post ever.  Apparently I wasn't the only one fascinated by the prospect of wholesale rewiring of our brains through exposure to technology.
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, AppleInsider and Gadget Lab
Engineering Windows 7:
Beta to RC Changes - Turning Windows Features On or Off  —  The theme of “choice and control” has been applied in many aspects of how we have designed Windows 7.  We've certainly received lots of positive feedback about the theme and about the choices we've made in the design …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Neowin.net
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Want all 25,000 iPhone apps?  That will be $71,442.69.  —  While RIM, Microsoft and Palm ready their mobile app stores for release this year, the one that inspired them all, Apple's App Store, continues to chug along at an impressive pace.  The store now features more than 25,000 applications …
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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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB
Discussion: Electronista
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”
Radiowalker:
Living with Cancer in Silicon Valley
Discussion: CloudAve and Vendorprisey
 Earlier Items: 
Economist:
Boom in the bust  —  Despite the recession, the mobile industry …
Discussion: broadstuff
The Daily Beast:
The Journal's Smart Bet
Thanks:atul
Mike Danylchuk / The Official Google Blog:
Shaking up earthquake searches
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra tops 40M paid users: More popular than Gmail?
Discussion: The Open Road and digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analyst: Apple turns its back on e-book market