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1:40 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  —  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.)
Discussion: OStatic blogs and TheAppleBlog
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 …
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.
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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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Pushes Mobile Gaming To $5.4 Billion
Discussion: iLounge
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
You Can Turn Off Every Major Windows Feature in Windows 7  —  It's true.  Not only can you turn off Internet Explorer in Windows 7, but you can turn off basically every major Windows feature—Media Player, Media Center, Windows Search—everything but the core OS.  WTF?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, eWeek and WinBeta
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Apple a Day and AppleInsider
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Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Snow Leopard Build Packs New QuickTime, Cocoa Finder
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
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 …
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Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
The Real Reason for Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I haven't posted for two weeks
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 …
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 …
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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
Discussion: digg.com
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 …
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
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: hypebot, Music Ally and Slashdot
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.
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
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 …
 
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h-online.com:
Twitter spoofing fix fails in UK and Germany
Discussion: The Register and Security Fix
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
As MySpace Goes, So Goes Photobucket: Market Share Drops Rapidly
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
Susanna Hamner / New York Times:
Reaching Tech Folks on Their Turf
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
EA Getting Getting Into “Visceral Games”?
Discussion: Blue's News and GoNintendo
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M causing issues in 17-inch MacBook Pro?
Discussion: DailyTech and SlashGear
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ShopSavvy perfects its Android app with better location and barcode scanning
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
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Philips: OLED windows in a few years
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Engadget
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Oh Look... RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
BackType Gets More Conversation Tracking Features, Seed Funding
Discussion: Twitterrati
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Music Industry's New Internet Problem