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11:45 AM 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 vowing to tear up their muni Wi-Fi contracts if cities don't foot more of the bill  —  The static crackling around municipal wireless networks is getting worse.
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Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Community Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco
Discussion: GigaOM
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DIRECTV plugs into broadband over power line  —  One of the biggest competitive problems for satellite TV providers is that they cannot directly compete with the triple-play bundles of voice, video, and data that cable companies and telecoms offer their customers.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
DirecTV to Partner with Current on BPL  —  Now that municipal Wi-Fi networks have been discredited as viable technologies for mounting a third broadband pipeline into the home, all we're left with in the short-term is an even more difficult technology, broadband-over-power-lines (BPL).
Discussion: dslreports.com
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.
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Candace Lombardi / Webware.com:
HARPERCOLLINS OFFERING EXCERPTS FOR IPHONE  —  Publisher HarperCollins released digital excerpts from 14 books on Wednesday that can be read from an Apple iPhone.  —  The digital excerpts are accessible from a special HarperCollins mobile Web site that can be accessed from the iPhone's Safari Web browser.
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
Introducing Publish2: Networked News  —  It's time to pull the curtain up on our new venture, Publish2, Inc.  —  Publish2 is a social media company, on the eve of launching in Beta — the purpose of this announcement is to explain our vision, what we're building, who's involved …
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: BlueBlog
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.
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.
Gillian Wee / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable to Expand Video-on-Demand This Year  —  Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) — Time Warner Cable Inc., the second- largest U.S. cable company, plans to expand a service that lets viewers watch shows when they want as long as they sit through the commercials.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Time Warner Cable To Try No-Fee, No Ad-Skip Time Shifting
Discussion: dslreports.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: Cable companies facing big bandwidth crunch  —  If you're starting to become frustrated with the download speed of your cable ISP or the relatively low number of HD channels available, you ain't seen nothin' yet.  Your local cable provider will soon be faced with a serious bandwidth crunch …
Discussion: GigaOM and Blackfriars' Marketing
Inquirer:
Channel grumbles over further AMD Barcelona delays  —  Another glitch hits flagship microprocessor  —  SYSTEM INTEGRATORS who were told to expect supplies of AMD Barcelona processors during mid-August said there's a hitch which is preventing AMD from delivering on its promises.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
John Leyden / The Register:
Intel and Symantec team up on 'bare metal' security  —  Virtualisation tech pushes security functions onto chips  —  Symantec and Intel have teamed up to develop security technologies that operate underneath an operating system.  —  Project Hood uses virtualisation technology developed …
Discussion: Reuters
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
They've Just Got to Get a Message to You  —  As a teenage rock fan, all Dennis Vorreyer really expected of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago two weekends ago was the chance to see his favorite bands perform live.  —  But he and his father, Jeffrey, who accompanied him to the festival …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and textually.org
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Movable Type's Version 4.0 Final Release  —  Movable Type is releasing the final version of their 4.0 platform tonight.  We covered the beta, their turn towards open source, and new feature set previously.  The new release, no doubt, comes under pressure from the success Wordpress has had as an open source platform.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Anil Dash / Movable Type:
Presenting Movable Type 4.0
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent.org:
Hearst's UK Jellyfish Goes Belly Up  —  Well, you can't blame them for trying...Hearst's UK division Natmags has axed its digital-only magazine Jellyfish after a five-month trial, citing distribution challenges.  The celebrity/fashion title had been sent out via email, but spam filters …
 
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Stephan Spencer / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
Intel Sets "Penryn" Launch Date
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Nick / Rough Type:
ERP's troubled legacy
Associated Press:
Classmates Media Files for IPO
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint's mobile WiMAX service called XOHM?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Moshe Maeir / The Flat Planet and a Phone !:
How to get a Free Linksys SPA942 IP Phone?
VentureCake:
The VMware house of cards
Discussion: CNET News.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Local Gets A Sophisticated Makeover
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
Introducing good bloggers and companies to hire them