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5:10 PM 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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu Back On Boxee... Without Hulu's Help
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and OStatic blogs
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Snow Leopard goes 64 Bit, to be released on June 8th with Stevo?  —  World of Apple is publishing (naughty, naughty) Apple's Snow Leopard release notes, below, which include a new Quicktime Player UI, a new Cocoa Desktop, Info Window and Contextual Menus and of course the new Safari 4 Web Browser.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Two possible dates for Apple's WWDC 2009 emerge  —  Event bookings for the San Francisco Moscone Center indicate that Apple may be planning its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in either mid-May or early June.  —  Companies book the Moscone Center venue many months in advance …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Zeiler / Apple a Day:
Prediction: Snow Leopard release date is June 8
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 …
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 …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
You Can Turn Off Every Major Windows Feature in Windows 7
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, eWeek and WinBeta
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.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple Gets Crushed, For No Good Reason  —  When it comes to Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ], help me understand something: JP Morgan PC analyst Mark Moskowitz cuts his outlook for iPhone and Mac shipments microscopically, and it's good for a 5 percent drubbing of Apple shares.
Discussion: Edible Apple
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: J.P. Morgan Cuts Ests; WSJ Sees App Store Threat
Discussion: MacNN
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer On Charlie Rose: The Future Of Google, Future Of Search  —  Charlie Rose, who's been focusing lately on Silicon Valley personalities, interviewed Google Vice President Marissa Mayer last night.  In a long and broad ranging discussion, Marissa talks about the product development cycle …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
How many computers does the world need?  —  One view of the future holds that the world will end up with just a handful of massive distributed computers, under the control of companies like Google.  —  If so, then we could be getting there faster than you think.
Discussion: Rough Type and CloudAve
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netvibes Appears to Be Dying  —  Popular start-page service Netvibes may be in its final days as a viable product.  The service has been suffering frequent, extended downtime, hasn't been fully functioning even when up and can't possibly be making as much money as its backers hoped it would.
Kris Graft / Edge Online:
GameStop: “Zero Chance” for Amazon Trade-In Success  —  “I give the probability of this working at zero,” DeMatteo told Edge in a Thursday phone interview.  —  Amazon this week introduced a program in which consumers can ship, for free, games in good condition and receive an Amazon gift card …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Another Exec Unfriends Facebook  —  Facebook is fun to use.  But it's not a fun place to work — as confirmed by the defection of Net Jacobsson, a key executive in Facebook's effort to cash in on your life online.  —  In 2007, Facebook was the hot startup where everyone wanted to work …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
USocial CEO: 'We're gaming Digg'  —  USocial is gaming popular social bookmarking sites, including Digg.  Credit: uSocial  —  Among Digg's and StumbleUpon's tens of millions of users, the social bookmarking sites have successfully dealt with numerous troublemakers who try to “game” the voting systems.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Techdirt, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ars Technica:
Dialogue: the future of online obscenity and social networks  —  Is it time to revisit and tweak a critical portion of the Communications Decency Act (CDA)?  Adam Thierer, Director of the Progress and Freedom Foundation's Center for Digital Media Freedom, and John Palfrey …
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 business, as renegade stores spring up online to sell unauthorized software for the device.
Articles by The McKinsey Quarterly:
When job seekers invade Facebook  —  The increasing popularity of online social networking is changing not only the way people manage their careers but social networking itself.  —  • Soumitra Dutta and Matthew Fraser  —  This short essay is a Conversation Starter, one in a series of invited opinions on topical issues.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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, according to numbers from 148Apps.
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Fantastic Advice for Angel Investors  —  I had the good fortune of participating in the first (hopefully of many) AngelConf today.  AngleConf was the brainchild of Paul Graham of YCombinator fame (although, you never know, it may well have been the brainchild of Jessica Livingston, so my apologies if that's the case Jessica).
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Changing Nature of Virality: Facebook and Twitter  —  After Perez Hilton recorded a single-day high of 13.9 million page views on the day after the Oscars, web research firm Hitwise found that the celeb gossip site's top traffic source is Facebook.  That's crazy — for nearly as long …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Expect More Internet Acquisitions This Year and Next  —  Given the state of the economy and capital markets, one might think internet dealmakers would lay low for a little while, but not everyone is predicting a dropoff in deals this year and next.  JP Morgan analyst Imran Kahn …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Myth of the Darknets  —  Ars Technica published an intriguing piece by Nate Anderson today predicting that file-sharing programs like the new version of Lime Wire will lead to users just swapping files among friends.  These private sharing networks are oftentimes called darknets …
Discussion: Ars Technica and hypebot
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Searching for the wisdom of the twits  —  When President Barack Obama was inaugurated, I wrote a post about the new presidential website titled, “WhiteHouse.gov takes a page from Twitter's playbook.”  At the time, I thought the headline was a joke — because, ha ha, no one would expect nuanced …
 
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Did Kumo.com go live last night?
internetnews.com:
Confronting the ‘Tech Innovation Deficit’
Discussion: Light Reading and TechCrunchIT
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Building Up Brands on the Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Are Big Music's Videos Trapped on YouTube? An Insider Explains.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Last year's Pwn2Own winner says Safari will be first to fall
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and OSNews, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Comment Consolidation: JS-Kit Acquires SezWho
Discussion: Got Kit? and SiliconAngle, Thanks:atul
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Pushes Mobile Gaming To $5.4 Billion
Discussion: iLounge
 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
As MySpace Goes, So Goes Photobucket: Market Share Drops Rapidly
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
EA Getting Getting Into “Visceral Games”?
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Is Google Rewiring Our Brains?
Discussion: A Networked World
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB
Discussion: Electronista
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Philips: OLED windows in a few years
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Oh Look... RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...