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4:50 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  —  Microsoft will announce another management overhaul of its online ad businesses after wrapping up a $6 billion deal for Web ad firm aQuantive this week, The Post has learned.  —  Under the changes …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: Online Ad Firm aQuantive Now Part Of Microsoft; Yet Another Ad Overhaul
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Ars Technica
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
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Drop-Down Maps & Other Enhanced Data Appearing In Yahoo Hotel Search Results  —  Yahoo has been building out much richer Shortcuts, rolling out new ones almost daily.  Here are recent additions, sports and music, for example.  Yahoo has also done this for some time with restaurant reviews …
 
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Jo Best / CNET News.com:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Gbox Music Downloads: Universal Partners With Google To Rival iTunes
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
First look to Firefox 3's new download manager
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Hacked U.N. Web site still at risk?
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Geolocation: Core To The Local Space And Key To Click-Fraud Detection
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
iVillage-NBC Dreams As Yet Unfulfilled
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg: Suddenly They're A Facebook Ad Network
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Xbox 360 Out of Order? For Loyalists, No Worries