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11:40 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 …
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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: 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'  —  Net phone firm Skype says its service is up and running again after three days of "unprecedented" disruption.  —  The problems with the service began on 16 August and stopped millions of people logging in and making calls.
PC Pro:   Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage
Reuters:
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 Tianya.cn, indicating a foray by the global search leader into social networking in the world's second-largest Internet market.
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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 Tianya.cn, a popular net forum in China, as Googlfied reports.  It's re-using the same framework …
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 …
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Nick / Rough Type:
The end of ERP?  —  As the founder and leader of PeopleSoft …
Discussion: Market Wire
iProspect:
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 …
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.
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Charles Jade / Ars Technica:   HandBrake v0.9.0 for Mac OS X
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.
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
Macenstein:
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
 
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Elle Cayabyab Gitlin / Ars Technica:
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Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices in Europe
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