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4:35 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 …
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype's outage: Lessons learned
Discussion: ZDNet, eWEEK.com and Lunch over IP
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 …
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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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google China Blog Search Goes Live
Discussion: WebProNews and Shanghaiist
Viacom:
Paramount and DreamWorks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD  —  Movies Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment Including Paramount  —  Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage,  —  Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films to be Released Exclusively in HD DVD
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Associated Press:
Paramount to drop Blu-ray high-def DVDs
Discussion: CrunchGear and GamePro.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Paramount adopts HD DVD, kicks Blu-ray to the curb
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 …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer and Chambers: No Cisco-Microsoft merger
Discussion: Microsoft
Associated Press:
Samsung expects 3rd-quarter chip profit to gain on rising prices  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. expects third-quarter operating profit in its memory chip business to double or triple from the previous quarter, a company executive said Monday.  —  "The market demand for memory chips …
Discussion: Inquirer
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Apple Profits Affected By Component Prices?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Randall Bennett / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Black 8GB Nokia N95 hits FCC  —  Looks like a black version of the N95 just hit the FCC.  We're really digging the black exterior, and they've added 8GB of internal memory under the hood.  We also peeped a reference to Nokia's new music store (Nokia.com/music, dead in our browser and on our N95) in the user manual.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia N95 8GB - FCC spills the beans
Discussion: IntoMobile
PR Newswire:
comScore Introduces Significant Enhancements to Search Measurement With comScore qSearch 2.0  —  RESTON, Va., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the launch of comScore qSearch 2.0, the second generation of search measurement.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore Introduces Expanded U.S., Global Search Measurement And Methodology
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:   Canon PowerShot G9: DSLR Disguised As Point-And-Shoot
Sydney Morning Herald:
Facebook labelled a $5b waste of time  —  THE next time you see an employee hunched intently over the computer, don't imagine he or she is slaving over the office accounts or a report for the next shareholders meeting.  —  Employees are more likely to be whiling away the hours on the social networking site Facebook, a report says.
Skrentablog:
Some thoughts on Mahalo  —  I was surprised (along with many others) that Jason chose to launch a "human powered search engine" as his next venture.  More so at the reported funding of $20M.  —  I'm a fan of Jason's antics and his promotional ability, but at first glance making …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Piece Of Cake: How To: Install Apps on Your iPhone Easily, No Hacking Skills Required  —  If you wanted to install third-party native software in your iPhone but you didn't had the necessary technical knowledge or courage, the newly updated iPhone Installer.app will make it so easy that it will be very hard to resist.
Robert L. Scheier / Computerworld:
Your data's less safe today than two years ago  —  Crooks are outpacing prevention efforts; ID theft is up 50% since 2003  —  Today's electronic world is a risky place for your personal data — and it's not getting any safer.  More than 158 million data records of U.S. residents have been exposed …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Tilera throws 64-core meshy chip at video and security tasks  —  Faster than a Xeon, smaller than a bread box  —  Hot Chips The multi-core chip revolution advanced this week with the emergence of Tilera - a start-up using so-called mesh processor designs to go after the networking and multimedia markets.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
 
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Martin MC Brown / Computerworld:
Skype is not an emergency service, but it is becoming vital
Luke Shepard / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messaging just got better...
Discussion: Rev2.org
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Even the Office 2007 box has a learning curve
Eric Ward / Search Engine Land:
Aggressively Seeking Links: How Much Is Too Much?
Discussion: BlogStorm
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Franz Ferdinand Encourage Fans to Pirate New Track
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
No Joke: National Lampoon to Add Female-Centric Site
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Three Strategies for Thriving on the Decentralized Web
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Adobe Media Player Launch Delayed Until Next Year
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HandBrake 0.9.0 Released!
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Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Gmail driving Google Apps adoption at college
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