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10:35 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 triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SMS Text News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype's outage: Lessons learned  —  Skype has its official response to its nearly two-day outage: A software bug was unearthed after numerous restarts over a Microsoft patch download.  —  Russell Shaw has more, but here's what Skype had to say: … So what are the key learnings here (Techmeme has more):
Discussion: Skype Journal
BBC:   Skype issues apology for 'outage'
PC Pro:   Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage
Google reveals stake in Chinese social Web Tianya  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site, indicating a foray by the global search leader into social networking in the world's second-largest Internet market.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google-powered Questions & Answers for China
Nick / Rough Type:
The end of ERP?  —  As the founder and leader of PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield played a seminal role in establishing enterprise resource planning, or ERP, systems as the IT engines of big business.  But then, in a hostile takeover, the enterprise software giant Oracle yanked PeopleSoft out of Duffield's hands.
Discussion: Market Wire
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 …
Jbrjake / HandBrake:
HandBrake 0.9.0 Released!  —  "But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"  —  We're proud to announce the public release of HandBrake 0.9.0.  —  Download it now.
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:   HandBrake v0.9.0 for Mac OS X
iProspect Offline Channel Influence on Online Search Behavior Study  —  Background  —  In June 2007, iProspect partnered with JupiterResearch to develop and field a survey to U.S. search engine users (heretofore referred to as "online search users") to gain a better understanding of how exposure …
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.
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
Trip down memory lane: Woz the car salesman  —  "It... is... AWESOME".  - Steve Wozniak  —  Long before he dreamed of dating Kathy Griffin, Steve Wozniak was bitten by the show-biz bug and agreed to appear in the 2nd best Datsun 280Z commercial ever.  —  For those of you wondering, below is the best Datsun 280Z commercial ever.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
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
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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Liz Henry / Composite:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
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Apple Bootcamp gets better
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Gmail driving Google Apps adoption at college
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