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8:25 AM ET, August 19, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Crisis: Where were the eBay Management?  —  It has been an interesting 30 hours for Skype, its community and its engineers.  The outage that caused anxiety amongst millions who depend on Skype for communications exposed the fragility of our digital lives.  —  And in this moment of crisis, eBay's senior management was AWOL.
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Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
The words we've all been waiting for  —  Skype.  Take a deep breath  —  Blog about the latest Skype news, written from the perspective of the people who work at Skype.  —  The words we've all been waiting for  —  By Villu Arak on August 18, 2007 in News, Events, Milestones.  —  Hello friends,
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits  —  Last year a Wikipedia visitor edited the entry for the SeaWorld theme parks to change all mentions of "orcas" to "killer whales," insisting that this was a more accurate name for the species.  —  There was another, unexplained edit …
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Working on Social Network Aggregator  —  Brad Fitzpatrick, the founder of LiveJournal, who recently left Six Apart for Google has published notes on what he's going to be working on moving forward.  It is an interesting read entitled Brad's Thoughts on the Social Graph which contains the following excerpts
Discussion: Insider Chatter, Labnotes and digg
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Just kidding?  —  Far be it from me to defend LA Times editorialists, but I think some critics are missing the attempted irony in their excoriated opinion piece about Google and newspapers — specifically, the new GoogleNews program that enables the subjects of news stories to respond.
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Jim Louderback / PC Magazine:
Passing the Torch  —  Our fearless leader is handing over the reigns of PC Mag.  —  After five years at Ziff Davis Media and nearly 16 years in editorial content—the last two at the helm of this terrific magazine—I've decided to try something new.  I've jumped over to become CEO of Revision3 …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Cellphone Contracts: Hard to Get off the Hook  —  Fed up with dropped calls and a string of defective cellphones, Corey Taylor said he became irate when he learned he'd have to pay $175 to get out of his long-term contract with Verizon Wireless.  So he resorted to a rather extreme measure.
Discussion: dslreports.com and textually.org
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Ranking for July The Simpsons Movie Promotion Sparks Growth to Burger King Site making it the Top Gaining Property for July  —  Summer Vacation Season Continues to Spur Traffic to  —  Travel Sites for the Third Consecutive Month
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Police Target 'Pirate Cinema' Fuelled by Downloaded Movies  —  A recent post on the organizers website declares: "The best films are free!  Pirate Cinema is an autonomous cinema with P2P-downloaded films.  Why should you give your money to big corporations?  We are showing the newest movies for free!
Discussion: HS.fi
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Thirteen Blog Clichés  —  I started out in early 2004 as a blog skeptic.  But over the last four years, I've become a born-again believer.  In that time, I've written almost a thousand blog entries, and I've read thousands upon thousands of blog entries.
Discussion: muhammad.saleem
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Episode #4: Chat with Real Networks CEO, Rob Glaser  —  Things are heating up this week, as Om and Joyce tear through another round of Hitlines without mercy.  We also sit down with RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, a true veteran in the tech world.  All that plus analysis, predictions, and even an insult or two... on The GigaOM Show!
Douglas Soltys / BlackBerry Cool:
EXCLUSIVE: AT&T neuters the BlackBerry 8820 in favor of the iPhone  —  Wow.  I must say, this is probably the biggest piece of news we've ever broken here at BlackBerry Cool — and possibly the one that's made us the angriest.  We've just received word from one of our friends inside AT&T …
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Yogis Are Now Hi-Tech  —  Imagine a yoga mat you unfurl from a metal tube that's actually a stereo.  It can take in memory cards or play content off an MP3 player.  The real tech candy here is the mat which is made of an electronic paper screen.  The idea is you can attend yoga classes …
 
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Nick Knupffer / Technology@Intel:
Gaming on Integrated Graphics: No Longer Crazy Talk
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Rare Bioshock faceplates bring in high price on eBay
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: Pearl Jam censorship linked to net neutrality fight
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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IBM Bases New Lotus Notes, Domino 8 on Eclipse
 Earlier Items: 
Houston Chronicle:
Earthlink's Wi-Fi delays put project in question
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Update at midnight GMT
Discussion: InfoWorld and SMS Text News
Parks Associates Newsroom:
Gaming Remains the Most Popular Online Entertainment Activity
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