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10:10 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The latest on the Skype sign-on issue  —  Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue.  As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have.  The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack.
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George Ou:
Skype still down - Published DoS exploit may be culprit  —  It's been a day and Skype is still down for me.  The task tray Skype logo never turns green for me and it keeps trying to connect.  The service was intermittently up on Thursday afternoon Pacific Standard Time but it hard down now.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Error in Skype's Software Shuts Down Phone Service  —  The online telephone service Skype was not working for much of the day on Thursday, leaving its 220 million users, some of them small businesses that had given up their landlines, without a way to call colleagues, customers and friends.
Discussion: Inquirer, BeyondVC and Switched
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains  —  It has been a day from hell for Skype fans and Skype, the company.  The outages have impacted many.  Skype's misfortune turned out to be a boon for SIPphone.  —  The company saw a 400% increase in traffic this morning, with 4 times increase in sales …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Reportedly Acquires Where I've Been for $3 Million  —  Update: We are still awaiting comment from TripAdvisor.  No official confirmation yet.  —  Just two months after asking, "I Have 250,000 Users, Now What?", Craig Ulliott has an answer.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps  —  Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally.  Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Facebook application bought for $3M — land grab still in progress
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 …
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David Dalka:
Death of Blog Search Part 2 - Sifry Leaves Technorati
Discussion: BlogStorm
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Discussion: Take2 and A VC
alarm:clock:
Technorati's CEO Out. Startup Turned Over To The Mob
Discussion: Mark Evans
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
Goals led Dell to cook the books  —  Though Dell has finished an internal investigation into its accounting practices, there are still plenty of questions about the company, which not long ago could do no wrong in the minds of investors and customers.  —  What we know now is that Dell's …
Discussion: Business Week
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Confesses It Was Cooking The Books
Discussion: Business Wire and Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Dell restates financials; Says books were cooked
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechStars Demo Day - Class of 2007  —  Y Combinator wasn't the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today.  Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage - ten of them - to give the audience a first look at what they've been up to all summer.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat
BBC:
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.
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.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Get ready for the 'Twitterization' of mainstream media  —  Back in 1991, when I first started as a tech journalist for PC Week (now eWeek), there was no Web.  There was print, TV, and radio.  PC Week was a print book and, to the extent that any of the parent company Ziff Davis' publications were online …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
EA backtracking on claims of simultaneous Mac game releases  —  Despite promises that it would release Mac versions of some high-profile games day-and-date with their Windows counterparts, Electronic Arts has conceded that at least some of these titles have been delayed.
PhysOrg.com:
Longtime Rivals IBM, Sun to Collaborate  —  (AP) — Two longtime rivals in computing, IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., plan to cooperate on some server technologies, a move that could put pressure on their joint competitor Hewlett-Packard Co.  —  Sun's chief executive, Jonathan Schwartz …
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Eric Schmidt Becoming A Media Mogul  —  Google will become a distributor of original content through its AdSense network, with contributions from 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane and Disney Channel star Raven-Symoné.  —  Google's CEO will have to pack on a lot of pounds if he wants …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
chrisbrogan.com:
Newbies Guide to Twitter  —  Roy Jacobsen asked if there was a newbies guide to Twitter.  There might be, but for those of you who want a different perspective, I feel up for writing another one.  So why not?  DISCLAIMER: This is how *I* derive value from Twitter.  You might do it differently.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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BBC:
Super solution for Rubik's cube
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple designing 'collapsible connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
USAToday Says Traffic Way Up  —  Less than twelve hours …
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HP firing on all cylinders
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