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12:15 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 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
Discussion: dslreports.com
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: 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
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo puts the yokel in Local
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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 …
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 …
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
VMware IPO: Silicon Valley giant is born  —  AS SHARES ZOOM 76%, VMWARE JOINS RANKS OF ORACLE, ADOBE  —  VMware, a company recently known only to hard-core technologists, debuted as the darling of Wall Street on Tuesday, with an opening-day surge that exceeded even Google's historic 2004 launch.
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
Lewis Page / The Register:
Tesla electric supercar may be delayed  —  'Not yet fully within our grasp', says ex-CEO  —  Tesla Motors, the widely-lauded California company behind the Roadster high-performance electric car, may have run into problems.  —  The Tesla Roadster is planned to be one of the world's first true …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
C4[1] in a Nut … Here's some of what you missed:  —  JONATHAN RENTZSCH ON THE INDIE ETHOS  —  What exactly does it mean to be an "indie developer"?  Wolf's definition: working for a non-large company, writing commercial software.  But it's more than that, clearly …
Discussion: Adium News
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.
 
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Reuters:
Russian court acquits music site owner
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Stephan Spencer / CNET News.com:
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BBC:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
Intel Sets "Penryn" Launch Date
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John Leyden / The Register:
Intel and Symantec team up on 'bare metal' security
Discussion: Reuters
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Associated Press:
Classmates Media Files for IPO
Inquirer:
Channel grumbles over further AMD Barcelona delays
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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?
Gillian Wee / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable to Expand Video-on-Demand This Year
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
They've Just Got to Get a Message to You  —  As a teenage rock fan …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and textually.org
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Introducing good bloggers and companies to hire them