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11:55 PM ET, August 17, 2007


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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
eBay says Skype was not attacked  —  (InfoWorld) - Skype has not been attacked, eBay said Friday, dispelling rumors that Russian hackers took down its popular online telephony service.  —  For more than a day now, millions of Skype users have been knocked offline by a major service outage that has crippled the service.
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Where we are at 1100 GMT
[Full-disclosure] Skype Network Remote DoS Exploit
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And More VoIP PBXes  — [...] Aron responded to a post Om wrote today …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Second lawsuit filed over iPhone battery replacement  —  Suit questions whether Apple kept battery information from early buyers to boost sales  —  A second class-action lawsuit argues that Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. failed to tell early buyers of the iPhone that annual fees of more than $100 …
Discussion: TMCnet and
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone battery lawsuit x2: west coast style  —  Yet another class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple this week, once again over that dastardly iPhone battery.  California resident Sydney Leung heads up the new complaint with allegations that are near identical to that filed …
Los Angeles Times:
It's not journalism  —  Google's latest effort highlights the difference between what it does and what newspapers and magazines do.  —  Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
American Airlines Sues Google Over Keyword Ads  —  American Airlines v. Google, 4:07-cv-00487 (N.D. Tex. complaint filed Aug. 16, 2007) [Warning: 4.4MB file] … Well, this is interesting.  It's not unusual for a trademark owner to sue Google for keyword-triggered ads—been there, done that.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Lawsuit Challenges Google's Keyword Ads  —  Google and other search engines have been on the receiving end of a dozen or so lawsuits challenging a common practice in search advertising: the use of someone's trademark, say Mercedes Benz, to show an ad for a competitor, say a BMW dealer.
Discussion: Googling Google and TMCnet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA faces possible class action over suing the innocent  —  The scene at RIAA headquarters this week must have been fascinating.  The group yesterday announced that it has finished sending out a new batch of 503 "pre-litigation letters" to 58 different universities around the US …
Discussion: p2pnet, TMCnet, Techdirt and digg
Austin Modine / The Register:
RIAA gets some class
Discussion: TechSpot News and p2pnet
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
YouTube Replace Searches for Funny Videos  —  We are working on some analysis for a report on how consumer search behaviour has changed over the past couple of years and I wanted to share a fun bit of data that we found.  Analysis of search term content, or the words that consumers use …
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Now, the Clicking Is to Watch the Ads, Not Skip Them  —  FOR generations, advertising interrupted the entertainment that Americans wanted to read, hear or watch.  Now, in a turnabout, advertising is increasingly being presented as entertainment — and surprisingly, the idea of all ads, all the time, is gaining some favor.
David Kaplan /   Advertising As Content Sites Proliferate, But Viewers Might Skip Altogether
RSnake / web application security lab:
XSS Hole In Google Apps Is "Expected Behavior"  —  You know, just when I think I'm being a super nice guy, and I go out of my way to go through responsible disclosure, I am slapped in the face with the exact reason why I don't think responsible disclosure works for some companies.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:   Google Gadgets can be misused by phishers
Brian Prince /
Sourcefire Catches ClamAV  —  ClamAV is among the most broadly adopted open-source security projects worldwide.  —  Sourcefire has acquired ClamAV, an open-source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project, in the company's first purchase since it went public in March.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV open-source anti-malware project
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible  —  ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for almost two years now.  Most ISPs simply limit the available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic, but Comcast takes it one step further, and prevents their customers from seeding.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Silicon Alley Insider and digg
Exclusive: Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking  —  Local TV reporters are infamous for practicing "ambush" journalism — but as they try to take their gotcha practices to the Web, increasingly they're the ones ambushed.  The first rule of hacking, after all, is "Don't get caught."
Brad Fitzpatrick /
Thoughts on the Social Graph  —  I've been thinking a lot about the social graph for awhile now: aggregating the graph, decentralization, social network portability, etc.  —  If you've seen me at any conference recently, I probably talked your ear off about it.
Jan Miksovsky / flow|state:
OpenID: Great idea, bewildering consumer experience  —  A while back I tried signing up for an OpenID, an "open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity."  The basic idea is that, instead of needing to choose a user name and password for every site you visit …
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Fast Search Laying Off 148 Employees; Does Restructuring
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Jazzmutant's multitouch tablet works with a stylus as well
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"
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