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8:35 PM ET, August 13, 2007

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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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: Online Ad Firm aQuantive Now Part Of Microsoft; Yet Another Ad Overhaul
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AD MAN, AT LAST  —  M'SOFT GOES BEYOND GEEKDOM TO FILL KEY ONLINE JOB
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
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 …
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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 …
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!
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Chris / LiveSide:   Windows Live Hotmail gets update - 5GB inboxes for free, 10GB for Plus
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nick Wilson / Metaversed:
7 Reasons Why Virtual Worlds Are Like the Web Circa 1997  —  Many people, particularly those that are interested in, but not intimately involved in, virtual worlds, tend to think of Second Life, Kaneva, Entropia and other 3D environments as being at the advancing edge of web2.0.
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
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Xbox 360 Out of Order?  For Loyalists, No Worries  —  Imagine your blender breaking down twice.  The vacuum cleaner giving up the ghost three times.  The espresso maker repeatedly going kaput.  Then imagine replacing the item with the same model over and over while keeping your brand loyalty and sanity.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
The current state of Facebook ad networks  —  Though the early Facebook application M&A going on is exciting and potentially lucrative for those developers who can build and cash out quickly, more sustainable mechanisms for monetization are quickly becoming the central drivers of application development.
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T admits it censored other bands
Cade Metz / The Register:
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Discussion: Engadget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Classmates files for $125 million IPO
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mouse Computer intros glossy white i-Friend desktops
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
AdMob four iPhone: Mobile Ads You'll Actually Like
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Russian Private Equity Buys Major Stake In Nikita Mobile
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Australia's porn-blocking plan unveiled
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing Kids: "I really don't care, it's not my problem.
Discussion: digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There Any Need For The Concept Of A TV Channel Any More?
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT rubbishes BBC bandwidth throttling reports
Reuters:
Kids justify illegal downloads, study finds
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