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8:05 AM ET, July 14, 2006


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Charlie Paglee /
Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked  —  At the end of 2005 I made some predictions about the VoIP industry which I will review further in a day or two.  While a couple of my predictions have already proved correct, perhaps the most interesting was: … Today I received a call through Skype …
Discussion: Webtown and
Tropicaljantie / Webtown:
Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked.  The Skype protocol will be reverse engineered by August 2006 and application code will be offered for license.  —  It has been done.  IT HAS BEEN DONE.  I am doing a total cut and paste job here.  Read below.  Very bold statements here below.
Discussion: 21talks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Cracked?  —  Can Skype be reverse engineered?  That has been the $2.6 billion dollar question Skype watchers often ask themselves.  Alec Saunders points to this blog post by Charlie Paglee that claims that a bunch of chinese engineers have done exactly that - cracked Skype.
Discussion: Webtown
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Protocol Hacked  —  Reports are coming in from Asia that the Skype protocol has been hacked.  If accurate, this means that users can access the Skype VOIP network without using the Skype client - calls could be made through third party software directly to and from Skype users.
Discussion: Webtown
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype Cracked  —  According to reports coming from Asia …
Discussion: Webtown
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Technorati scores $7.6m more funding  —  Blog search engine Technorati filed an SEC report of $7.6 million in Series C funding in June, according to a report today originally from VentureWire.  Listed as investing in this round are Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati raises $7.6 million series C
Discussion: FuzzyBlog
Laura Bosworth / one2one, Dell's Weblog:
No Magic Wands For Customer Service  —  So... you wanna talk about service?  Let's do it.  WARNING: this post will be a bit longer than the norm and is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'll kick it off and then we will take it where you want to go.  —  The good news is that we know what we need to do.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Judge dismisses suit over Google ranking  —  A California judge on Thursday dismissed a Web site's lawsuit against Google over its fall in the Google search index, but left the door open for the lawsuit to be amended and refiled.  —  KinderStart, a directory and search engine for information related …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Bill Herman / Policy Blog:
Responding to Felten (& Co.), squared  —  Submitted by Bill Herman on July 13, 2006 - 11:42pm.  —  My response to Ed Felten's policy recommendations (Felten suggests we wait and see before imposing network neutrality mandates), has garnered its own response.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Earthlink Debuts RSS Reader, Social Bookmarking Site  —  EarthLink has quietly launched an RSS reader called the myEarthLink Reader that's tightly integrated with a new social bookmarking site that's similar to  I discovered the reader in my referrer logs.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Disaster Relief Meetings at The FCC  —  Jeff Pulver and I went down to Washington, DC today for a series of meetings at the Federal Communication Commission on the petition Jeff and I filed last spring for better phone service in and following a Katrina-like disaster.
Discussion: Techdirt
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Google Video Launches European Sites  —  Google Video has launched a series of European versions and announced deals with partners including AETN, Buena Vista Television International, FC Barcelona, IMG Media, ITN, Premium TV and TalkbackThames.  The new sites have gone live in France …
Discussion: Search Engine Lowdown and BBC
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Cox's 'Kudzu' Directory to Add 3 Markets  —  Cox Search is getting ready to launch new city-specific versions of, its hybrid Yellow Pages/Review site, in San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas this fall.  It also says that its inaugural site in Atlanta, which launched in October 2005 …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
MySpace Kills Internet Tube Song  —  After hearing Sen. Ted Stevens' now infamous description of the internet as a "series of tubes," Andrew Raff sang the senator's words over a folksy ditty and anonymously posted it to, where about 2,500 people listened to the tune, thanks to a link from one of the net's top blogs.
Discussion: IP Democracy
What's in the Sport Kit Package?  —  For the $29 asking price, you get one sensor and one receiver, which use a proprietary flavor of 802.11 wireless technology to communicate wirelessly with each other.  Each of the items is incredibly small.  The box also includes an unusually thick instruction manual …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
GoogleFi, Almost Live For Some  —  Live from Mountain View-A few months ago a Google exec told me a story about a city resident who took a swing at him after a public hearing on Google's WiFi plans.  Naturally, when I heard about a public WiFi training session for Mountain View residents at the Googleplex last night, I had to stop by.
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Cook breakfast with your MacBook  —  Everyone knows that Apple's Intel powered portable lineup gets hot, but this is insane!  An enterprising fellow figured out that it would be possible to actually fry an egg on the bottom of his black MacBook.  Granted, it probably took something like 3 times …
Discussion: The Consumerist and digg
Jim Rapoza /
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Is No Slam-Dunk  —  Review: eWEEK Labs' tests show that Version 2.0 of the browser will be a worthy upgrade, but competitors—including Internet Explorer 7—are inching ahead.  —  The war of the browsers continues with a series of beta skirmishes, as Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 enters the fray.
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