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10:40 PM ET, August 13, 2007

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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
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   The Internet (Apparently) Isn't Ready For IPTV
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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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 …
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
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!
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 …
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Germany's new antihacking law: Bad for security?  —  As of Saturday, it's a crime in Germany to build, sell, distribute or obtain so-called "hacking tools" designed to allow access to protected data or promote other illegal acts.  —  The intention of the lawmakers, who proposed the item …
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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.
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 …
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  —  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.
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 …
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: WebProNews and TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
 
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Ijustine / Tasty Blog Snack:
IPHONE BILL  —  I finally got my first bill from AT&T …
Smashing Magazine:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alexa Says YouTube Is Now Bigger Than Google. Alexa Is Useless
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
The current state of Facebook ad networks
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T admits it censored other bands
Andrew / Treonauts:
New ALP Screenshots (ACCESS Linux Platform)
Discussion: Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mouse Computer intros glossy white i-Friend desktops
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AdMob four iPhone: Mobile Ads You'll Actually Like
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Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Australia's porn-blocking plan unveiled
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing Kids: "I really don't care, it's not my problem.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There Any Need For The Concept Of A TV Channel Any More?
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Reuters:
Kids justify illegal downloads, study finds
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