No News or Tips on splash screen

I suddenly have no News or Tips on the splash screen at startup. I miss them!

Here’s a link to the details on unblocking that feed:
http://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/splashproblem

Does that go for the update service as well?

Similar, but not exactly the same.

There is a Windows Service called McNeelUpdateService that runs in the background and checks to see if there is a service release available. If the service is stopped or you’re behind a firewall that blocks it, it will fail silently as designed.