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6:45 PM ET, March 6, 2009

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Hulu Evades Boxee's Embrace (Again)  —  Well that was quick.  —  Content from the video site Hulu no longer works on the latest version of the video-watching software Boxee, which I described earlier today.  Hulu, the joint Web venture between NBC and Fox, is clearly not interested …
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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.
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
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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
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Snow Leopard Build Packs New QuickTime, Cocoa Finder
Discussion: MacRumors and Obsessable
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: eWeek and Hardware 2.0
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 …
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: CloudAve
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Nick / Rough Type:
The coming of the megacomputer  —  Here's an incredible, and telling, data point.  In a talk yesterday, reports the Financial Times' Richard Waters, the head of Microsoft Research, Rick Rashid, said that about 20 percent of all the server computers being sold in the world …
Discussion: broadstuff
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
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 …
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Large Pirate Topsite Raided in Sweden  —  The raids were carried out two weeks ago but were only announced today.  The site, which goes by the name ‘Sunnydale’, was a so-called topsite that hosted pirated movies, software and TV-shows spread out over a dozen servers.
Discussion: CNET News
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Did Kumo.com go live last night?  —  Kumo.com, the new iteration of Live Search, is supposed to be in “internal tests”, but apparently at least for a time last night it was live.  We picked up on a re-tweet of a tweet taken down (btw, why bother?  Removing a tweet doesn't remove it from Twitter Search! …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Hill tries to bypass Storm  —  There are a lot of storms swirling around Washington these days but only one that's dragging down Democrats and Republicans alike.  It's the one made by Research in Motion.  —  The BlackBerry Storm — the first BlackBerry without a physical keyboard …
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: Techdirt and Between the Lines, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Jeff Segal / Telegraph:
Google needs to grow up and pay a dividend  —  Google looks to be printing money as fast as the US government - it may pile up $21bn (£14.8bn) of cash by next year.  —  But unlike the Obama administration, chief executive Eric Schmidt says the company has no plans for a spending spree.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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).
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 …
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.
internetnews.com:
Confronting the ‘Tech Innovation Deficit’  —  Microsoft R&D exec Rick Rashid and others debate the challenge of promoting innovation in a down economy.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Is Silicon Valley and the broader tech industry gripped by:  — A: An innovation deficit.  — B: Fear of failure.
Discussion: Light Reading and TechCrunchIT
Associated Press:
Stock slump could end up enriching Google workers  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — This week's steep drop in the stock market is yielding a golden opportunity for most Google employees.  That's because the Internet search leader plans to reset the price on millions of stock options based …
Discussion: Bits
Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Obama to receive cybersecurity report  —  A much-anticipated cybersecurity update will be delivered to Congress next week by Melissa Hathaway, the military collaboration expert assigned by President Obama to conduct a 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity policy.  —  Hathaway is nearly half way into her assignment.
 
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Analyst: Wireless Industry Price Wars Loom
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceWireless
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Changing Nature of Virality: Facebook and Twitter
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Myth of the Darknets  —  Ars Technica published …
Discussion: Ars Technica and hypebot
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netvibes Appears to Be Dying
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Searching for the wisdom of the twits
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Expect More Internet Acquisitions This Year and Next
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Is Google Rewiring Our Brains?
Discussion: A Networked World
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Philips: OLED windows in a few years
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Breaking Apple's Grip on the iPhone