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8:15 AM ET, August 20, 2007


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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
What happened on August 16  —  On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption.  The disruption was initiated by a massive restart of our user's computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine software update.
John Leyden / The Register:
Patch Tuesday update triggered Skype outage  —  Mass reboot exposes VoIP network stability bug  —  Skype has blamed last week's prolonged outage on the effects of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  —  The latest security update from Microsoft required a system reboot.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Hewlett Introduces a Web Feature to Make Document Printing Mobile  —  Hoping to alleviate a frustration of mobile computing, Hewlett-Packard has quietly introduced a free service designed to make it possible to print documents on any printer almost anywhere in the world.
iTNews Australia:
The Red Shift Theory  —  Red Shift Theory is Sun's thesis about the explosive growth in demand for raw computing power—but is it more than the utility computing model warmed over?  —  For nearly a decade as chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Greg Papadopoulos has mulled the best …
Discussion: Inquirer, CNET and Slashdot
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod Nano Colors  —  Just a little tidbit for the weekend to munch on...  Our sources in China have just confirmed an earlier inside Apple report that the new Nano colors will be:  —  The screen takes up about 1/2 the surface area.... They look almost exactly like our mockup except the Nano won't be available in white.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth for AOL Called Vital to a Remake  —  Just over a year ago, AOL unveiled a radical plan to remake itself into a business built on advertising from one driven by Internet access subscriptions.  —  To a great extent, AOL had little choice in the matter.
Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A.'S NEW POWERSHOT G9 CAMERA COMBINES CREATIVE CONTROL WITH COMPACT CONVENIENCE  —  New G-Series Camera Gives Serious Photo Enthusiasts the Power of a Professional Digital SLR in a Point-and-Shoot Package  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced today that its acclaimed G-series has a new top …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Farber / ZDNet:
Workday unveils Financials and Work Tags  —  Since Workday publicly appeared on the scene in January 2006, it has been self-described as a "revolutionary application platform and the next generation of business applications to drive your enterprise's performance," with applications that will be …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Waiting for Zuckerberg  —  Much has been written lately about open standards and APIs for social networks, allowing users to sprinkled and manage their social graphs (circle of friends and business associates) across disparate services-a kind of decentralized and more accessible, rather than siloed, social graph.
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Building B Builds A God Box For Internet Video  —  Building B became the latest startup to join the Internet video set-top box sweepstakes today with the Belmont, Calif.-based company's announcement that it has developed a video god box capable of marrying traditional television with video-on-demand and Web video.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Identity attack spreads; 1.6M records stolen from  —  Convincing phishing mail seeds bank account-stealing Trojan and 'ransomware'  —  The 46,000 people reportedly infected by ads on job sites may be only a fraction of the victims of an ambitious, multi-stage attack that's stolen data belonging …
Judi Sohn / A View from Home:
How using a beta web application can bite  —  No, this isn't about data loss, the obvious danger of using anything with "beta" stamped on it.  —  I love GrandCentral.  When we left Vonage, I was able to get a phone number in the same area code as the C3 office that followed me wherever I went.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Carl Malamud Takes on WestLaw  —  Carl Malamud has this funny idea that public domain information ought to be... well, public.  He has a history of creating public access databases on the net when the provider of the data has failed to do so or has licensed its data only to a private company that provides it only for pay.
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Gmail driving Google Apps adoption at college  —  Google's plan for world domination includes convincing colleges and universities to adopt its Google Apps Education Edition suite, and it's showing signs of success thanks to the seemingly ubiquitous appreciation of Gmail.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft deal may lead to free, but "watermarked" music
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