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3:55 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 OStatic blogs
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hulu Evades Boxee's Embrace (Again)
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.
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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 Twitterrati
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
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Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
How many computers does the world need?
Discussion: CloudAve
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, AppScout and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: jkOnTheRun and CNET News
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 …
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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 …
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 and AppleInsider
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Changing Nature of Virality: Facebook and Twitter  —  After Perez Hilton recorded a single-day high of 13.9 million page views on the day after the Oscars, web research firm Hitwise found that the celeb gossip site's top traffic source is Facebook.  That's crazy — for nearly as long …
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! …
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.
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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
Rik Ferguson / Countermeasures:
Webcam Porn Hijacks Twitter Accounts  —  It appears that there is a rash of Twitter account hijacking going on this evening.  Hundreds of twitter accounts are being compromised and tweets are being posted encouraging users to make the accquaintance of a 23 year old female with a webcam...
Erik Larkin / PC World:
Conficker Worm Strikes Back With New Variant  —  The Conficker/Downadup worm managed to slither onto millions of PCs worldwide at its height, but after it initially infected a computer it only really acted to spread itself, and didn't cause further harm.  Until now.
Discussion: The Register and SC Magazine US
 
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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
Michelle Kessler / Technology Live:
Obama to receive cybersecurity report
Jeff Segal / Telegraph:
Google needs to grow up and pay a dividend
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
internetnews.com:
Confronting the ‘Tech Innovation Deficit’
Discussion: Light Reading and TechCrunchIT
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Building Up Brands on the Web
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Are Big Music's Videos Trapped on YouTube? An Insider Explains.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Another Exec Unfriends Facebook
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netvibes Appears to Be Dying