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10:20 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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and TechBlog
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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
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Community Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
STUNNING: Facebook on the iPhone
Discussion: Laughing Squid, MarketingShift and digg
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: Blackfriars' Marketing and GigaOM
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
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
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
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.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Bebo overtakes MySpace in the UK  —  Comscore data for July reveals that Bebo is now the number one visited social networking site in the UK, overtaking MySpace.  Sitting in third place is Facebook.  According to the statistics, Bebo registered a total of 10.7m unique users ahead of MySpace which has 10.1m and Facebook with 7.6m.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Across the pond, Bebo leaps ahead of MySpace?
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
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Up Their Data Feeds  —  Dave Winer is tracking some new features being released by Facebook that debunk the theories that the company is focused on building a completely closed silo of user data and news.  —  Facebook's news feeds, launched last year to a lot of controversy, has proven to be a brilliant move.
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:
Introducing good bloggers and companies to hire them  —  Update: Response to this post has been extensive - it's going to take me some time to deal with all the replies!  That's great.  —  I've been getting so many inquiries lately from companies looking to hire bloggers …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint's mobile WiMAX service called XOHM?  —  We have information from an anonymous tipster claiming that Sprint is set to take the wraps of their new WiMAX brand dubbed XOHM.  It's anybody's guess at this point how you'd pronounce that ("x-ohm" or "zohm" perhaps) but we're told to expect a formal announcement as early as Thursday.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Local Gets A Sophisticated Makeover  —  Yahoo is arguably the leader in local search, but others including Google, Microsoft and Yelp have been rapidly gaining.  The search engine's venerable Local site was in need of a refresh, which it has now received.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Entrepreneur.com launches "Entrepreneur Assist" - it's a My  —  Entrepreneur.com is announcing this morning the launch of "Entrepreneur Assist" which is a free suite of tools aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners.  It's a better version of a "My" page as it includes some applications …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 
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Discussion: Techdirt
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