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2:45 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: 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.
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  —  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: eWeek, Hardware 2.0 and WinBeta
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: AppleInsider, Apple a Day and Apple 2.0
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Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Snow Leopard Build Packs New QuickTime, Cocoa Finder
Discussion: AppleInsider and 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.
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.
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: J.P. Morgan Cuts Ests; WSJ Sees App Store Threat
Discussion: MacNN
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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).
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Last year's Pwn2Own winner says Safari will be first to fall  —  Confident hacker and last year's Pwn2Own winner Charlie Miller thinks Safari and OS X will be an easy target in this year's contest, though he also plans to go after the mobile sector this time around.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk, OSNews and digg.com, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Comment Consolidation: JS-Kit Acquires SezWho  —  JS-Kit, a company that offers an array of Javascript-based commenting, polling, and ratings widgets, is acquiring the assets of SezWho, a competing enhanced comment system.  JS-Kit will continue to keep SezWho's service running for the next 30 days …
Discussion: Got Kit? and SiliconAngle, Thanks:atul
 
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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Pushes Mobile Gaming To $5.4 Billion
Discussion: iLounge
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
As MySpace Goes, So Goes Photobucket: Market Share Drops Rapidly
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Expect More Internet Acquisitions This Year and Next
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
 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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Oh Look... RIAA Still Filing Lawsuits...
Discussion: DSLreports
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
BackType Gets More Conversation Tracking Features, Seed Funding
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Darknets and the future of P2P investigators
Discussion: hypebot, Music Ally and Slashdot
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Music Industry's New Internet Problem