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12:10 PM 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
Skype outage bug fixed
Discussion: Profy.Com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Windows Users Caused Skype 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  —  Wenda (wen da meaning "ask and answer" in Chinese) is a new question & answers site in China... powered by Google, in cooperation with, a popular net forum in China, as Googlfied reports.  It's re-using the same framework …
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 …
Paul Bennett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   67 Percent of Searchers Driven by Offline Channels
Canon USA:
ELPH ELEGANCE REIGNS SUPREME: CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES TWO NEW DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS THAT ARE THE EPITOME OF SUBSTANCE WITH STYLE, BACKED BY A PLETHORA OF POWERFUL FEATURES  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras - the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Beware Google Lust on Campus: Gmail Fuels Student Frenzy  —  Google aims to usurp university email systems, I underscored in April.  After all, what is missing from campuses today?  Google Apps Education Edition, of course, according to the Google world view.
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.
Discussion: digg
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
The end of ERP?  —  As the founder and leader of PeopleSoft …
Discussion: Market Wire
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Steve Balmer Actually Gets A Word In With Charlie Rose  —  I'm sitting in the audience watching Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer chat with Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the Mandarin Hotel in midtown Manhattan, hosted by Charlie Rose.  Tech discussions these days …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple trots out refurb iPhones, $100 off list price  —  If you want to run the risk of getting stuck with the iPhone we sent back because the proximity sensor crapped out (that's another story for another time), get ready to grab yourself a deal.  Refurbished iPhones now look to be in stock …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Steve Rubel / AdAge:
Three Strategies for Thriving on the Decentralized Web  —  As Long-form Content Becomes Bite-Size, Make Everything on Your Site Eembeddable  —  The Long Tail of content and increasing demands for our attention have created a perfect storm where traffic to brand sites may soon shrink.
Discussion: CostPerNews
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Adobe Media Player Launch Delayed Until Next Year  —  The introduction of the much anticipated Adobe Media Player (AMP), the desktop application that allows users to download and save Flash files, will launch in Beta this year but won't have a full introduction until next year.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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Elle Cayabyab Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server released into the wild
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Identity attack spreads; 1.6M records stolen from
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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John Markoff / New York Times:
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