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9:30 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: Skype Journal
PC Pro:
Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage  —  Skype is pointing the finger at Windows Update for a critical system crash that wiped out the VoIP service for two days.  —  In a statement posted on the company's support page, the company claims: "The disruption was initiated by a massive restart …
Canon USA:
WHO'S ZOOMING WHO - CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW ULTRA-ZOOM LINE IN ITS EVER-POPULAR POWERSHOT FAMILY OF COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS  —  PowerShot SX100 IS Offers All the Zooming Power Consumers Could Ever Want  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced a brand new PowerShot line - the SX series …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A.'S NEW FEATURE-RICH POWERSHOT A-SERIES DIGITAL CAMERAS HELP USERS UNLEASH THE PHOTOGRAPHER WITHIN, WHILE ALSO APPEALING TO SAVVY SHOPPERS  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced two new PowerShot A-Series digital cameras, including one with the highest resolution in the series to-date …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices in Europe  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is cutting the European price for its Xbox 360 video game console by 50 euros to 349.99 euros ($470), following a similar cut in the United States.  —  The company said in a statement on Monday …
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