Hulu, Microsoft team up; Plaxo retrenches, returns with new address book features

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> Two sometimes-afterthoughts in the fast-moving IP space are teaming up. Hulu will give customers a free month of Hulu Plus if they sign up for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. Story.

> Comcast's Plaxo subsidiary is relaunching its address book product with a new personal assistant feature. Story.

> The cable industry has joined ranks behind its new leading lobbyist NCTA President-CEO Michael Powell, but others outside the industry maintain a more cynical view. Story.

> Speaking of cynical views, is anyone surprised that Consumers Union is not happy with AT&T's data consumption caps? Story.

And finally ... it's only 30 channels amongst a universe of hundreds and it's only in the home, but Time Warner Cable's live iPad content has cable programmers in turmoil. Story.

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