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6:55 PM ET, August 13, 2007

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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
ISPs warn BBC over new iPlayer service  —  Leading UK internet service providers are warning they may have to restrict customers' access to the BBC's new iPlayer service unless the corporation contributes to the cost of streaming videos over the internet.  —  Internet companies such as Tiscali …
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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.
Discussion: Profy.Com, The 463 and Beet.TV
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Joost Shopping For CDN To Juice P2P Network
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Is network neutrality a fake issue? Not if you want to watch the BBC
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 …
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Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AD MAN, AT LAST  —  M'SOFT GOES BEYOND GEEKDOM TO FILL KEY ONLINE JOB
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: Online Ad Firm aQuantive Now Part Of Microsoft; Yet Another Ad Overhaul
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
German sites close, as anti-hacking law arrives  —  Security researchers in Germany continued to pull down exploit code from their sites last week, scrambling to comply with a German law that makes illegal the distribution of software that could be used to break into computers.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Germany's new antihacking law: Bad for security?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Users Spend Half Their Time Visiting Content  —  Internet users are spending almost half their time online visiting content, a 37 percent increase in share of time from four years ago, according to the Online Publishers Association (OPA).  —  The OPA has released a four-year study …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Candace Lombardi / Webware.com:   WEB USERS READING MORE, SAYING LESS, STUDY SAYS
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 …
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.
CNET News.com:
How search engines rate on privacy  —  Price wars are public blessings.  Ask anyone who has comparison shopped between Advanced Micro Devices and Intel microprocessors or bought a cheap Harry Potter novel thanks to fierce bookseller price battles.  —  In the last few months …
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Firefox ponders marketing overhaul  —  Aiming for 30 per cent market share by June 2008  —  The Mozilla Corporation is preparing a number of changes to the marketing of the open source Firefox browser in a bid to further grow market share.  —  "To date, Mozilla has done a reasonably …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Christopher Null:   Firefox: Users Try, But Do They Stick With It?
Search Engine Watch:
Google's Local Search Land Grab  —  Attention, college students!  You no longer need to donate plasma to get beer money.  Quit your part-time job, buy a digital camera and a notebook, and walk down the street.  Take pictures of every business you see.  Then write down the address …
Glen / Mac Daddy World:
Two-way Video Conferencing for iPhone  —  in which we make the world's first useful video phone  —  Update: Our demo won first place for Iron Coder Live this afternoon!  Thanks for your votes everyone!  —  This weekend's C-4 developer conference features "Iron Coder Live", a contest in the same vein as MacHack.
Reuters:
Kids justify illegal downloads, study finds  —  Children in Europe are aware of the risks of illegal downloading but often rationalize their act by saying that everyone—including their parents—is doing it, according to a major European Commission survey.  —  Other excuses included …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ars Technica and Smart Mobs
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 …
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
KicksApps Scores $20 Million  —  peHUB has learned that KickApps, a developer of social networking tools for existing websites, has raised $20 million in second-round funding.  SoftBank Capital came aboard as a new investor, but the terms were effectively set by return backers Prism VentureWorks and Spark Capital.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg: Suddenly They're A Facebook Ad Network  —  VideoEgg has been exceptionally good at thinking ahead in their business and changing strategies when it made sense.  —  They launched in September 2005 as a way to publish video to the web from mobile and other devices.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There Any Need For The Concept Of A TV Channel Any More?  —  More than two years ago, we wondered if the concept of a TV channel was going away.  After all, with things like TiVo as well as the ability to watch TV streamed or downloaded online, was anyone still paying attention to which channel a particular show was on?
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mouse Computer intros glossy white i-Friend desktops  —  Nah, it's not surprising that yet another company is tacking an "i" onto its product line and dousing each unit in glossy white, and Mouse Computer's latest lineup of desktops certainly fits the aforementioned mold.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing Kids: "I really don't care, it's not my problem.  Singers and actors are rich enough"  —  The 'Eurobarometer' study covers many aspects of electronic communication used by kids between the ages of 9 and 14 but of course, we're interested in the internet section and in particular, file-sharing.
Discussion: digg
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Investors bailing on SCO stock, SCOX plummets
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Samsung head cam: Good idea, needs improvement
CenterNetworks:
Social Media, Ltd. Launches Centralized Blog Concept for Web 2 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Has Toyota delayed new Priuses? Is cobalt to blame?
Discussion: Green Wombat
Macenstein:
Hopefully they're working on a Mac port
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and digg
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Xbox 360 Out of Order? For Loyalists, No Worries
Damon Brown / New York Post:
NINTENDO AND APPLE PLATFORMS ARE GAMING EACH OTHER