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11:40 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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu Back On Boxee... Without Hulu's Help  —  Web video software company Boxee's few-hundred-thousand alpha users can again get access to one of their favorite features — Hulu, the Web video site backed by News Corp. (NWS) and NBC (GE).  Sort of.  —  (What's Boxee?  See footnote at of story.)
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 …
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.
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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.
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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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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M causing issues in 17-inch MacBook Pro?  —  It's hard to say at this point whether we should point the blame at NVIDIA, Apple or right in between the two corporate campuses, but it seems that an uncomfortable amount of 17-inch MacBook Pro owners are having some serious issues with their GeForce 9600M graphics card.
Discussion: DailyTech and SlashGear
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ShopSavvy perfects its Android app with better location and barcode scanning  —  ShopSavvy is one of the most popular applications on Google's Android mobile platform.  It has over 400,000 users who actively use it on their G1 phones to scan barcodes and look up items online to comparison shop in real-time.
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
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Snow Leopard Build Packs New QuickTime, Cocoa Finder  —  Less than a month after the last seed of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Seed notes) Apple has released another major build.  Build 10A286 packs three main important changes.  Build 10A286 of Snow Leopard is said to contain a new QuickTime with a …
 
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Susanna Hamner / New York Times:
Reaching Tech Folks on Their Turf
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
USocial CEO: 'We're gaming Digg'
Discussion: Techdirt, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
EA Getting Getting Into “Visceral Games”?
Discussion: Blue's News and GoNintendo
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft protest organizer has a change of heart, agrees to cuts
Discussion: Phil Palios and Microsoft Pri0, Thanks:dreamsketcher
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First SDXC Card Is The World's Fastest, Only Holds 32GB
Discussion: Electronista
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Music Industry's New Internet Problem
 Earlier Items: 
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”
Economist:
Boom in the bust  —  Despite the recession, the mobile industry …
Discussion: broadstuff
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra tops 40M paid users: More popular than Gmail?
Discussion: The Open Road and digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai