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8:50 AM ET, March 7, 2009

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Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
the trials and tribulations of innovation  —  we just found out that Hulu blocked the boxee browser from accessing the Hulu site. this is a disappointing development since their RSS feeds are publicly available, and our browser, while optimized for a great 10 ft video experience …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Brushes Off Boxee, And Boxee Comes Back For More  —  Just in case anyone was wondering: Hulu, the Web video service that lets you watch Fox and NBC shows on your computer, really doesn't want you to plug that computer into your TV.  —  And Boxee, a startup that makes it easy for you to plug …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Hulu Goes Medieval on Boxee
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Digits
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Indie Facebook Developers Pulling In Over $700,000 A Month  —  The mass media may be enamored of the rags-to-riches stories of developers on Apple's App Store, but it isn't the only game in town for indie developers to strike it rich.  We've gotten word from SocialMedia …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Safekeeping Twitter Accounts  —  Today we discovered about 750 Twitter accounts were broken into and had a link to a webcam site posted on the accounts.  It appears other sites and services have been affected by a similar attack.  We reset the passwords of the compromised accounts and removed the spammy updates.
Discussion: Softpedia News, BetaNews and Mashable!, Thanks:blogfisher
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Privacy Blunder Shares Your Docs Without Permission  —  In an apparent privacy error that underscores some of the biggest problems surrounding cloud-based services, we're hearing that Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Try before you buy?  Zuckerberg has a public Twitter account?  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been using the microblogging service he's been trying to buy - Twitter — since last May.  But he's kept his account on the site (@zuck) private and basically unused.
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Kindle is not the best iPhone e-reader  —  By now, you know you don't need a Kindle 2 to read books electronically.  You can use the new Kindle for iPhone app.  —  But Kindle's not the only way to read books on a iPhone or iPod Touch.  There are two other readers well worth checking out:
Discussion: CNET News and jkOnTheRun
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Twitter's not a Google killer.  It's not a Facebook killer, either.  —  For you and me, Twitter is a fun way to procrastinate.  But for Silicon Valley's chattering classes, the microblogging company has emerged as something much more—the next Google, the next Facebook, or maybe some unbeatable combination of the two.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Diamond gets pictured  —  We got our hands on some pictures of a test model of the Verizon Wireless Touch Diamond rocking its sleek, black and shiny casing.  Unlike Verizon's Touch Pro, the Diamond has retained the characteristic faceted back.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why New H-1B Restrictions Will LOWER (Some) American Tech Wages  —  New restrictions going into place on the H-1B immigrant worker program have been so extreme some right-groups in India are threatening to boycott of US goods, and American commentators are crying protectionism.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Rep. John Conyers / The Huffington Post:
A Reply to Larry Lessig  —  Congress is not perfect, and I respect Professor Larry Lessig's vigorous effort to change and improve it.  Furthermore, as readers of the Huffington Post well know, I am firmly committed to tough oversight and great transparency in government, and I don't mind taking it as well as dishing it out.
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education (continued)  —  Last fall I wrote a post on this blog titled Hacking Education.  In it, I outlined my thoughts on why the education system (broadly speaking) is failing our society and why hacking it seems like both an important and profitable endeavor.
Peter Smith / pasmith's blog:
Salacious content driving the adoption of ebooks?  —  5 I like it!  —  This week's ebook news continues with the announcement that Barnes & Noble has purchased ebook seller Fictionwise for $15.7 million in cash, plus undisclosed earn-out payments if the company meets certain objectives over the next two years.
Discussion: Slashdot
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Atiz turns books digital without help from Google  —  An Atiz book-scanning device.  Credit: Atiz.  —  Digitizing books is all the rage these days, with the Kindle 2 being pimped on the “Daily Show,” Amazon allowing its e-books to be read on the iPhone and Barnes & Noble getting deeper into the digital book market.
Discussion: TG Daily
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple has no clue what's going on with dev contracts  —  Apple seems to be caught flat-footed and unprepared for the upcoming deluge of developer renewals for its iPhone program, Ars has learned.  Here's what we found regarding the status of both ADC and iTunes Connect renewals.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Jim / craigslist blog:
“Now Comes Thomas Dart...”  —  We will respond to Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart's complaint (we have not yet been served, and learned of it only through press releases and media) sometime soon.  Our preliminary view is that the complaint is not well founded in law, and that it should be dismissed.
Discussion: Digits
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
BackTweets Searches What Twitter Can't: Short URLs  —  Announced alongside BackType Connect today, BackTweets is a fresh new take on a Twitter search engine: It un-shortens and catalogs URLs sent via Twitter.  We believe that, even though BackTweets was created to fill a piece …
Discussion: BackType, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pure Digital (Flip Video) In Acquisition Discussions; Cisco May Be Buying (Updated)  —  San Francisco based Pure Digital Technologies, the seven year old company behind the Flip Video line of video cameras, is considering a sale of the company, multiple sources have confirmed.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Crave, Thanks:atul
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: CloudAve, blogs.ft.com and broadstuff
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley unemployment rate jumps to ‘frightening’ 9.4 percent  —  Silicon Valley's jobless rate leapt more than a full point to a stunning 9.4 percent in January, the biggest jump since at least 1990.  —  The hair-raising report had Silicon Valley Leadership Group Chief Executive Carl Guardino worried …
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 …
 
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Erik Larkin / PC World:
Conficker Worm Strikes Back With New Variant
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DSLreports:
Craig Moffett: Wireless Industry ‘Collapsing’ …
Discussion: Bits and FierceWireless
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple denies second round of layoff rumors
Discussion: Gawker
Associated Press:
Stock slump could end up enriching Google workers
Discussion: Bits
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Large Pirate Topsite Raided in Sweden
Discussion: CNET News
Jeff Segal / Telegraph:
Google needs to grow up and pay a dividend
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
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 Earlier Items: 
The McKinsey Quarterly:
When job seekers invade Facebook
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Building Up Brands on the Web
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Two possible dates for Apple's WWDC 2009 emerge
Discussion: The iPhone Blog