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1:55 AM ET, August 14, 2007


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August: Hotmail will soon bring you more of your requests, better performance  —  We went out of beta in May, and we're already releasing something new.  Today, these new features will begin to roll our gradually to all our customers over the next few weeks, so if you don't immediately see them, be patient, they're coming!
Chris / LiveSide:   Windows Live Hotmail gets update - 5GB inboxes for free, 10GB for Plus
Greg Sandoval / CNET
YouTube wants to depose Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart  —  Let's see how funny Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on the witness stand.  —  The two comedians are apparently being dragged into the copyright fight between their employer and Google.  Entertainment conglomerate Viacom …
Staci D. Kramer /   Viacom, Google/YouTube Play Deposition Poker: Colbert, Stewart …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apologies to Calacanis  —  I gave it some thought, and I decided to apologize to Jason for interrupting his speech at Gnomedex.  I wish I hadn't done it.  It'll never happen again.  That's a promise.  —  That said, I have a lot of trouble believing that a street fighter from Brooklyn …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alexa Says YouTube Is Now Bigger Than Google.  Alexa Is Useless  —  We've gotten a few "tips" that YouTube has actually grown larger than Google in terms of page views according to Alexa.  —  This is, of course, complete fiction.  And it shows just how useless Alexa has become as a method for measuring web traffic and reach.
Discussion: Forever Geek
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WEB USERS READING MORE, SAYING LESS, STUDY SAYS  —  Internet users are spending more time looking at content and less time communicating with others, according to an index of Nielsen/Net Rating statistics released by the Online Publishers Association (OPA).  —  In 2003, Internet users spent …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Investors bailing on SCO stock, SCOX plummets  —  SCO's ride is clearly coming to an end, thanks to a monumental ruling last week that clarified the ownership of the UNIX copyrights.  To briefly recap, federal district judge Dale A. Kimball declared that Novell owns the UNIX copyrights …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Classmates files for $125 million IPO  —  United Online's Classmates Media unit filed for a $125 million IPO in what could be a good litmus test for social media plays on Wall Street.  —  Classmates isn't Facebook (all resources), but does have enough name recognition to garner interest …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Full Text Feeds Actually Increase Page Views (The Freakonomics Explanation)  —  from the why-full-feeds-make-sense dept  —  Last week, the Freakonomics blog got some extra attention by moving the blog to the NY Times.  Of course, the blog had been in support of the immensely popular Freakonomics book …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
AT&T admits it censored other bands  —  It looks like Pearl Jam isn't the only band that has had its politically charged comments bleeped from concerts streamed from AT&T's Blue Room Web site.  —  AT&T issued a statement on Friday admitting that this kind of thing has happened before.
Discussion: Geek Speaker
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
KicksApps Scores $20 Million  —  Update: KickApps is sending out word to other bloggers that it has only raised $11m.  I had gotten the $20m figure from a source, and doublechecked it against a regulatory filing that indicated a $20m total raise (KickApps.pdf).  I've got a few emails out, and will try to reconsile in the morning.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Google denies APEC reason for fuzzy maps  —  MUCH of Sydney's city centre as it appears in the satellite images on Google Maps Australia has been fuzzed out, just weeks before the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.  —  Google says the imagery was downgraded as a result of a …
Discussion: and WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype on iPhone.  No, seriously.  —  OK, this has to be the coolest news this morning.  SHAPE Services, a Stuttgart, Germany-based company, well-known for making mobile IM clients, has just announced Skype for iPhone, an iPhone-optimized Web site that allows you to access Skype via the browser on the iPhone.
Microsoft Completes Acquisition of aQuantive, Creates Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group  —  New business group reflects increased focus on online advertising market opportunities.  —  Microsoft Corp. has completed its acquisition of aQuantive Inc. The acquisition will help Microsoft deliver …
Inside Higher Ed:
New Media Meets Campus Media  —  Questions about the skills college journalists need to master to prepare for successful careers in a new media landscape aren't new — but the answers keep changing.  —  For instance, in 1995, an article in Quill, a publication of the Society of Professional Journalists …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Researcher thinks Mac OS X is easy to exploit  —  Charles Miller is no stranger to Apple and its products.  In July Miller and his colleagues at Independent Security Evaluators discovered the first known vulnerability within the Apple iPhone.  They then worked with the Cuptertino vendor …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Facebook users pretty willing to add strangers as 'friends'
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Dr. Google and Dr. Microsoft  —  In politics, every serious candidate …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google, Universal Music Partner To Sell DRM-Free Music
Times of London:
Web revenge: ruin an enemy for £10
Discussion: Christopher Null
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IPHONE BILL  —  I finally got my first bill from AT&T …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yappd Launches, Calls Itself "Twitter With Pictures"
Discussion: Mashable!
Smashing Magazine:
Best of July 2007  —  Every month we take a look around …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
The current state of Facebook ad networks
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft sent FCC defective wireless prototype
Discussion: PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
37Signals Drives Another Company To The DeadPool
Discussion: Jackie Danicki
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mouse Computer intros glossy white i-Friend desktops
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
AdMob four iPhone: Mobile Ads You'll Actually Like
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Russian Private Equity Buys Major Stake In Nikita Mobile
Jo Best / CNET
Australia's porn-blocking plan unveiled
Discussion: The 463
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
The Joost Problem: American 'Broadband'