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12:55 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.
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: and Skype Journal
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.
Skype outage bug fixed
Discussion: Profy.Com
PC Pro:   Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Windows Users Caused Skype Outage
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
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 …
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: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Beware Google Lust on Campus: Gmail Fuels Student Frenzy
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
Randall Bennett / 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 (, dead in our browser and on our N95) in the user manual.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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
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.
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 …
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
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Apple Profits Affected By Component Prices?
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple trots out refurb iPhones, $100 off list price
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Elle Cayabyab Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server released into the wild
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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