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3:50 PM ET, August 17, 2007


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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Where we are at 1100 GMT  —  As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours, here's the latest on the sign-on problem.  —  We're on the road to recovery.  Skype is stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day.  —  An encouraging number of users can now use Skype once again.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix (updated)
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Reportedly Acquires Where I've Been for $3 Million (Updated)  —  Update: TripAdvisor's Brian Payea has responded: "This is untrue.  Beyond that, we do not have any comment."  Payea would not specifically comment on whether acquisition …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Update: TripAdvisor denies Facebook Platform app acquisition  —  Ouch, here's a zinger: contrary to reports, travel site TripAdvisor apparently did not purchase the Facebook Platform application Where I've Been for $3 million.  The news was originally reported on Inside Facebook on Thursday night.
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
TripAdvisor Spokesman: Acquisition Rumors Are Untrue
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb News
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.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
American Airlines Sues Google for Trademark Infringement
Discussion: Computerworld
Sourcefire Network Security:
Sourcefire Acquires ClamAV Open Source Network Anti-Virus Project  —  Acquisition Expands Company's Open Source Portfolio and Commercial  —  Open source innovator and SNORT (R) creator, Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), today announced that it has acquired ClamAV(TM), a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project.
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV open-source anti-malware project
Compact disc hits 25th birthday  —  Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany, sparking a global music revolution.  —  More than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide since then and it remains the dominant format despite the growth in digital downloads.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Happy 25th Birthday, Compact Disc
Discussion: Christopher Null
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Takes a Step Back With iMovie '08  —  Last week, Apple released a new version of its iLife suite—its $80 package containing iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and GarageBand.  The suite also comes preinstalled on every new Mac.  —  The enhancements in iPhone, iWeb and GarageBand are great.
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 …
Discussion: Contentinople
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"
Pandia Search Engine News:
Fast Search & Transfer lets go of 148 employees  —  CEO John Markus Lervik has a plan for how to get the search engine company Fast back on the right track.  —  According to Aftenposten/E24 the troubled search engine company Fast Search & Transfer will let go of 148 employees.
Rafat Ali /
Fast Search Laying Off 148 Employees; Does Restructuring
Michael Calore / Compiler:
First Look: Roxio Popcorn 3 Adds iPhone Support, TivoToGo  —  Later this month, Roxio is releasing an upgrade to Popcorn, its popular desktop DVD burning and video conversion client for the Mac.  Popcorn 3 features support for the iPhone and Apple TV, better video quality settings and TiVoToGo functionality …
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV and
Elinor Mills / CNET
Lyrics sites out of tune with copyrights  —  news analysis How does that song go?  We've all used the Internet to search for the lyrics to songs whose tune we know but words we just can't muster.  —  Often the Web sites we end up on have misspellings, incomplete and inaccurate lyrics, not to mention annoying pop-up and flashing ads.
Discussion: and FurdLog
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."
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Second class-action suit filed over alleged iPhone battery fraud  —  A Bay Area resident is the next to join the ranks of those filing lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, arguing that both companies have tricked customers into paying for frequent battery replacements.
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING ISN'T DEAD, IT'S JUST A SUBSET OF SOMETHING MUCH LARGER AND MORE IMPORTANT  —  It seems that my last post, "Why We're All Blogging Less", got a lot of pickup in the blogosphere.  Some people inferred that I was down on blogging, or that I thought blogging was dead, or even that I was quitting blogging altogether.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
The Mix Tape USB Drive remembers your roots  —  Sure, the compact disc may have just celebrated 25 years in the biz, but nothing says quasi-old school like a double-sided cassette tape.  Granted, it's a bit harder to effectively distribute mix tapes on a format rarely appreciated this day in age …
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"  —  Pounding the table on Apple (AAPL) this morning, RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky reports that there are indications of "increased Mac momentum" in the back-to-school quarter.  He says RBC's "technology adoption panel" …
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
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