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12:30 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!
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
The Joost Problem: American 'Broadband'  —  Joost, despite an early lead when it comes to the P2P television is beginning to get some criticism about its video quality.  A skeptical report on JoostTeam points out that the bit rate is about half that of video from DivX Stage6 or the iTunes Store.
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
ISPs warn BBC over new iPlayer service
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 …
Candace Lombardi / Webware.com:
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 …
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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
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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.
Microsoft:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
 
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Times of London:
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Researcher thinks Mac OS X is easy to exploit
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IPHONE BILL  —  I finally got my first bill from AT&T …
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Australia's porn-blocking plan unveiled
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