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4:05 PM ET, August 16, 2007

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Joosep / Heartbeat:
Problems with Skype login  —  UPDATED 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype.  Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue.  We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours.  Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon …
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Skype Outage  —  Skype is experiencing a major outage.  My fellow TMC co-workers noticed it late Wednesday when they couldn't IM fellow co-workers.  TMC's Dave Rodrqiguez told me that he went home for the day, signed into Skype from home and was bombarded with a ton of Skype IM messages that didn't go through earlier.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Skype Outage Expose P2P's Limitations?  —  Update: Peer-to-peer by its very nature is supposed to work without a problem, with packets finding their way to good peers, and then moving on to their final destination.  The Skype outage - you couldn't login to your Skype account …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Skype Suffers Major Outage
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Skype's Outage Another Example of Why Current Mahalo is Doomed
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Demonstrates Key Technologies For Mobility Strategy  —  Product branding and WiMAX business plans showcased  —  Media Contact:  —  James Fisher, 703-433-8677  —  Investor Relations Contact:  —  Kurt Fawkes, 800-259-3755 investor.relations@sprint.com
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Welcome Xohm: Sprint's WiMAX service gets name, $5 billion price tag  —  Sprint Nextel has given its upcoming WiMAX service a name and a web site (which will teach you how to pronounce "Xohm").  Sprint will launch the service in Chicago and Baltimore by year end, with a nationwide launch coming in spring 2008.
Sprint:
Push-to-Talk on New Devices Will Give Sprint Customers More Ways …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Reuters:   Sprint Earmarks $5 Billion for WiMax Network
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
USAToday's Social Network Experiment May Not Be Paying Off  —  When USAToday relaunched its site in March as a social network around news, I and others thought it was big news.  —  They integrated Pluck's new Social Media Suite, a group of social networking products that a number of high profile news sites have adopted.
Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
Ads help pay way in Island's Wi-Fi model  —  Hundreds of cities worldwide seeking to offer Wi-Fi have faced a major hurdle: finding a business model that works.  —  Long Island officials have opted for free Wi-Fi supported by advertising for an entry-level service with no government money for infrastructure costs.
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Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
Newcomer Chosen for Wi-Fi in 2 Counties
news.ecoustics.com:
Philips Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Compact Disc  — CD ushered in shift from analogue to digital in the music industry, spawned new digital technologies, including CD-Rom and DVD  —  Exactly 25 years ago tomorrow, on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Happy 25th Birthday, compact disc!
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Secret AdSense Online Advisory Council Revealed  —  It seems that AdSense is forming (or has formed) a secret new group made up of some of it's most successful publishers.  —  An email was sent to an unknown number of publishers in the last 24 hours inviting them to join it with the following email …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
AOL's Truveo Introduces New Video Search Site And Consumer Destination  —  AOL acquired video search engine Truveo in January, 2006 and has used it primarily as a technology platform to power AOL video since that time.  Simultaneously, the company has been supporting video search on third party sites.
Discussion: WebProNews, Business Wire and Mashable!
Stace / Unwired View:
NEW SAMSUNG PHONES TO HELP YOU PRATICE SAFE SEX  —  Yep.  You've read the headline right.  Samsung has just filed the patent application for a mobile phone that will help you practice safe sex Well, almost.  —  The phone in question will not protect you from various STD's, you'll have to use your own discretion for that.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and zedgeHeadz
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Three of i-mate's five Ultimate devices canceled?  —  We wish we could say we were surprised about this, we really do.  It seems that i-mate has canceled arguably the three most interesting versions of its Ultimate line: the 5150 slider, 7150 QWERTY flip, and 9150 numeric flip.
Podtech / John Furrier:
Taking it to the Next Level - PodTech Has a New CEO  —  Today the company, which I founded two years ago, is announcing a new CEO - James McCormick.  James has been the Chief Operating Officer for the past 9 months.  In his role he has been setting up the business and operating infrastucture for PodTech.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Holy Cow: People Selling iPhone Sexy Touch Time in India  —  According to fellow Indian journo and Giz reader Aswin R, someone in India is selling sexy touching time with the iPhone using Facebook's marketplace.  Not selling the iPhone itself, just 15 minutes to "see/touch/feel" the JesusPhone under supervision.
Discussion: Computerworld and TECH.BLORGE.com
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
IBM expands support for Sun's Solaris 10  —  IBM and Sun today announced that day announced that IBM will distribute Solaris 10 and Solaris Subscriptions for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers to clients through IBM's channels.  The servers include IBM System x3650 …
Discussion: Computerworld
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Photo-Auto Maps (1907)  —  Lauren Weinstein, who previously posted his thoughts on Google Maps Street View, writes:  —  While watching a program over on History International earlier today, I was reminded that a form of Google Maps "Street View" was available in ... 1907 - a full century ago!
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Knowledge Networks pays $300,000 to settle internal copyright complaint
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Row brewing over attorneys' fees in RIAA loss
Microsoft:
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