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4:50 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
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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
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.
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
A Change in Seasons  —  If there's one thing I've learned during my time as CEO here at Technorati is that making tough choices is a daily reality.  But some choices are tougher than others, particularly when they involve one's own self.  —  You see, I've made the tough decision to turn …
Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
Newcomer Chosen for Wi-Fi in 2 Counties  —  A $150 million plan to make wireless broadband available across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, covering 750 square miles and nearly three million residents, took a major step forward on Wednesday when Long Island officials chose a company for the project.
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Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:   Ads help pay way in Island's Wi-Fi model
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.
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: Business Wire, WebProNews 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
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: The Register and Computerworld
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.
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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