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1:15 PM ET, August 15, 2007

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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Why Wi-Fi Networks Are Floundering  —  Faced with weak user demand, AT&T and other telecoms are vowing to tear up their muni Wi-Fi contracts if cities don't foot more of the bill  —  The static crackling around municipal wireless networks is getting worse.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DIRECTV plugs into broadband over power line
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
DirecTV to Partner with Current on BPL
Discussion: dslreports.com
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
Introducing Publish2: Networked News  —  It's time to pull the curtain up on our new venture, Publish2, Inc.  —  Publish2 is a social media company, on the eve of launching in Beta — the purpose of this announcement is to explain our vision, what we're building, who's involved …
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Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Scott Karp Launches Journalist-Powered News Aggregator (I Think).
Associated Press:
Book excerpts to be viewed on iPhone  —  NEW YORK - The publishing world is linking up to the iPhone.  —  HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it had set up a special link, http://mobile.harpercollins.com, that will allow browsers to view excerpts from more than a dozen new releases …
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Reuters:
HarperCollins to Launch Digital Book Content for iPhone  —  (Reuters)—News Corp.'s unit HarperCollins Publishers said it would make digital book content available for Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  —  As a pilot program, the publisher will make samples from 14 new titles available …
Discussion: WebProNews
Citrix Systems:
Citrix to Enter Server and Desktop Virtualization Markets with Acquisition of XenSource  —  Combination of Citrix and XenSource Accelerates the Mainstreaming of Virtualization and Strengthens End-to-End Application Delivery Strategy  —  Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Citrix to buy virtualization company XenSource for $500 million
Reuters:
Court acquits allofmp3.com site owner  —  MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) — A Russian court found the former boss of music download Web site www.allofmp3.com not guilty of breaching copyright on Wednesday in a case considered a crucial test of Russia's commitment to fighting piracy.
Discussion: Information Overlord
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Reuters:
Russian court acquits music site owner
Discussion: Inquirer
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HDMI-equipped Xbox 360 Premiums still carry 90nm chips  —  Well it appears that despite all of our wishing, hoping, and positive-thinking exercises, Microsoft has failed to deliver on a small dream of ours, namely, 65nm chips for the new HDMI-rocking Xbox 360 Premiums.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Inquirer
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
New HDMI Xbox 360 Premiums Still Use 90nm Chips
Discussion: DigitalBattle
Marketing Week:
NATMAGS AXES ONLINE TEEN TITLE JELLYFISH  —  The National Magazine Company (Natmags) has axed plans to launch Jellyfish, its digital teen title, after failing to overcome "distribution challenges".  The publisher of titles including Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar ended a 20-week online trial this week.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent.org:
Hearst's UK Jellyfish Goes Belly Up
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook + iPhone = UltraCool  —  A pairing of the two most hyped tech products of the year: Facebook released what is arguably the single best iPhone-customized website to date at iphone.facebook.com.  Like the Netvibes iPhone site which launched late yesterday, it isn't much to look at in a normal browser.
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Banks on SmartAds To Lift Display Business  —  In the middle of Yahoo Inc.'s plan to reinvigorate its big, sluggish display-advertising business lies a new breed of diminutive, chameleon-like advertisements.  —  The ads, which the Internet giant began offering to travel-industry advertisers …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost Publications:
Microsoft Inks Deal For Advertising Watermarking Method  —  ACTIVATED CONTENT HAS DEVELOPED AUDIO watermarking technology through a new license agreement with Microsoft announced Wednesday.  The technology lets advertisers connect with consumers on a variety of mobile devices and Internet protocol television (IPTV).
Discussion: CNET News.com
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Major copyright case to test First Sale Doctrine, possibly shrinkwrap EULAs  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken up the case of a California man who has been sued by Universal Music Group for selling promotional CDs.  Like other record labels, UMG distributes free CDs to radio stations …
BBC:
Tiny wind engines cool computers  —  Minuscule wind engines could help to take computing power to the next level, scientists believe.  —  US researchers have developed a prototype device that creates a "breeze" made up of charged particles, or ions, to cool computer chips.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: Cable companies facing big bandwidth crunch  —  If you're starting to become frustrated with the download speed of your cable ISP or the relatively low number of HD channels available, you ain't seen nothin' yet.  Your local cable provider will soon be faced with a serious bandwidth crunch …
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype 2.7 for Mac beta is out  —  We've now released Skype 2.7 for Mac beta.  With "beta" on the label, there may be some wrinkles, kinks and unsprayed bugs which we'll remove in time for a public release.  With that in mind, feel free to download and play with it.  —  Here's what's new:
Discussion: Infinite Loop, GigaOM and Macworld
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
C4[1] in a Nut … Here's some of what you missed:  —  JONATHAN RENTZSCH ON THE INDIE ETHOS  —  What exactly does it mean to be an "indie developer"?  Wolf's definition: working for a non-large company, writing commercial software.  But it's more than that, clearly …
Discussion: Adium News
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
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Lewis Page / The Register:
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Stephan Spencer / CNET News.com:
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USA Today:
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John Leyden / The Register:
Intel and Symantec team up on 'bare metal' security
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: BlueBlog
Associated Press:
Classmates Media Files for IPO
Inquirer:
Channel grumbles over further AMD Barcelona delays
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint's mobile WiMAX service called XOHM?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
Presenting Movable Type 4.0
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
They've Just Got to Get a Message to You  —  As a teenage rock fan …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and textually.org