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2:50 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 Lunch over IP
BBC:   Skype issues apology for 'outage'
Skype outage bug fixed
Discussion: Profy.Com
PC Pro:   Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour 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 …
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 …
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
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
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia N95 8GB - FCC spills the beans
Discussion: IntoMobile
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: Digital Trends, Gizmodo and Engadget
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:   Canon PowerShot G9: DSLR Disguised As Point-And-Shoot
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
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Disconnects Grand Central Customers  —  So much for Grand Central's "one number for life" promise.  The company is turning off customer phone numbers and giving them new ones following their acquisition by Google last month.  —  Troy Schneider received such a notice …
Discussion: TechBizMedia
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
John Cox / PC World:
Wi-Fi Carnival Comes to Town  —  The California State Fair isn't complete without a Ferris wheel, midway, and wireless network.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The sprawling California State Fair opens in Sacramento this weekend and Bil Lowry will be watching a key part of it …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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: Bloggers Blog and CostPerNews
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.
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
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.
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