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2:50 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 stepping up pressure on cities to foot more of the bill for muni Wi-Fi projects  —  The static crackling around municipal wireless networks is getting worse.  —  San Francisco Wi-Fi …
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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
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Citrix to buy virtualization company XenSource for $500 million  —  One day after a spectacular public offering of virtualization company VMWare, Citrix Software said that it intends to acquire open-source virtualization company XenSource for about $500 million.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and alarm:clock
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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) …
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
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: GigaOM and Macworld
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Skype 2.7 for Mac beta integrates Address Book contacts
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
LimeWire to "go legit" with 256Kbps DRM-free music sales  —  P2P software maker LimeWire announced yesterday that it plans to dive headfirst into digital music sales.  Not only that, but the music will be available DRM-free, in the "universally compatible MP3 format."  Downloads will be offered at 256Kbps.
USA Today:
How many trees did your iPhone bill kill?  —  LOS ANGELES — Early adopters of Apple's iPhone are getting their first service bills from AT&T (ATT) — and some customers say they are so detailed they belong in libraries.  —  Justine Ezarik, a Pittsburgh graphic designer and active Internet blogger, got her first bill on Saturday.
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 …
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
Intel Sets "Penryn" Launch Date  —  Intel prepares boxed quad-core "Penryn" based Xeon processors for November 11  —  Intel has set the launch date for its Penryn based quad-core Xeon processor family.  The company intends to launch seven new Harpertown based models ranging from 2.-to-3.16 GHz …
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Tech Report
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel's 'Penryn' to launch 11 November
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Dumps Limelight (LLNW) for Akamai (AKAM)  —  More troubles for content delivery network Limelight Networks (LLNW), via their 10-Q, filed yesterday.  News Corp.'s MySpace has apparently dropped Limelight as its primary CDN, opting for larger rival Akamai Technologies.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
Stephan Spencer / CNET News.com:
Google browser rumors surface again  —  It's interesting to see the Google Browser rumors make their way to the surface again.  Chris Smith recently shared his thoughts on the possibility of the search company entering the browser wars and several of his points are attention-grabbers.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
How JavaScript is Slowing Down the Web (And What To Do About It)  —  A single line of JavaScript is what powers a lot of blogging technologies these days.  Widgets, sharing tools, visitors tracking, advertisers.  In many cases a single line of JavaScript is all that a blogger needs to add a new technology to their blog.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and BlueBlog
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
Presenting Movable Type 4.0  —  Welcome to the all-new movabletype.com, redesigned to proudly present our all-new platform: Movable Type 4.0.  —  This is the biggest release of MT ever, a complete redesign of both the front end information architecture and the back end scaling infrastructure.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Management Shuffle at Facebook
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Wei Wang / avertlabs.com:
More on the Yahoo! Messenger Webcam 0day....
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John Leyden / The Register:
Shark 2 dumbs down Trojan creation
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost Publications:
Microsoft Inks Deal For Advertising Watermarking Method
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Utility evades Vista kernel defenses
Discussion: InfoWorld
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VMware IPO: Silicon Valley giant is born
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Tesla electric supercar may be delayed
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Introducing Publish2: Networked News
John Leyden / The Register:
Intel and Symantec team up on 'bare metal' security
Discussion: Reuters
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Inquirer:
Channel grumbles over further AMD Barcelona delays
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: Cable companies facing big bandwidth crunch