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6:55 PM ET, August 14, 2008

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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Netflix Goes Dark And Finds It's No Place To Be  —  It started this morning with an email apology from online movie rental powerhouse Netflix, confirming to its 8.4 million users that the company was suffering a shipping and distribution outage.  —  I called the company this morning …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Netflix users suffering service's longest outage ever  —  Netflix, and its customers, are currently experiencing the worst system failure in the DVD shipper's history.  The company shipped no discs on Tuesday, only “a few” yesterday, and so far none today.  Affected customers are receiving e-mails telling them their discs are delayed.
Discussion: Webomatica
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Thursday Morning Shipping Update
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Netflix may lose $1.8M to $3.6M in revenue per day over outage
Discussion: Netflix Community Blog and GMSV
MSDN Blogs:
Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7  —  Welcome to Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short.  E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sinofsky to dish on Windows 7?  Wishful thinking  —  My ZDNet blogging colleague Ed Bott's headline took me aback when I read it today.  —  “Sinofsky dishes on Windows 7.”  —  What?!!  Had hell really frozen over while I was at lunch?  —  I bet that Bott's headline amused Steven Sinofsky …
Discussion: LiveSide
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ben Ling Lands (Back) at Google-This Time, at YouTube  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Ben Ling-the high-profile Facebook platform exec who came from Google less than a year ago and then up and left the social-networking site earlier this week-is about to head back to Google …
Discussion: Webware.com, VentureBeat and WebProNews
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google  —  Where's Ben Ling headed next?  We hear he might be headed back to Google — not a startup.  Ling, a talented product manager, is closely watched as a talent barometer.  His defection from Google to Facebook last year kicked off a series of trend stories about people leaving Google.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What May Be Behind the iPhone 3G Glitches  —  Dropped calls and choppy Web surfing on Apple's latest smartphone may stem from an Infineon chip.  A fix is on the way  —  Complaints over dropped calls and choppy Web connections on Apple's iPhone 3G have sparked a wave of debate in the blogosphere over the root cause of the problems.
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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G  —  As we reported last night, two reliable sources say Apple will issue a software fix that will address the widespread complaints regarding lost calls and inconsistent 3G access with the iPhone 3G.  The problem (and it is a real issue …
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Facebook faces class-action suit over Beacon  —  A class-action suit filed in California charges Facebook and a handful of other companies, including Blockbuster, Fandango and Overstock, with violating online privacy and computer fraud laws related to Facebook's controversial Beacon system.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gets Slapped With Another Lawsuit Over Beacon, Wishes It Could Opt Out
Discussion: broadstuff
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Indie Game Developer Finds Success On Xbox 360 — Est.  $825K Sales In First Week  —  Console game developers — people who make games for the Xbox, PlayStation, etc. — have mostly been big companies — EA, Activision, etc. — because of the high cost of game development and retail distribution.
Yahoo!:
Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple Appointed to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple were appointed to Yahoo!'s board of directors.  —  “We are pleased to add people …
Discussion: Bits and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms Appointment Of Biondi And Chapple To Board
Discussion: PC World and Coop's Corner
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951  —  RIAA News:- Another huge hole has appeared in Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG's s(t)inking ship, the SS Sue 'Em All.  —  And it's well below the water-line.  —  Nor is the rapidly foundering merchant vessel MediaSentry looking too good.
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Heinen settles with SEC over Apple option backdating complaint  —  In doing so, Heinen neither admitted or denied the Commission's allegations.  —  According to the complaint, “Heinen caused Apple to fraudulently backdate two large options grants to senior executives of Apple …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
A closer look at the technology behind the Microsoft Sphere  —  Back in March when we first got a whiff of the Microsoft Sphere, we were intrigued that the software giant had managed to take the technology used in the Microsoft Surface, and put it to use in a sphere.
Discussion: Engadget
InfoWorld:
MobileMe users fall prey to phishing scam  —  A recent phishing scam targeting users of Apple Inc.'s .Mac and MobileMe online services has successfully duped hundreds into divulging credit card and other personal information, a security company said Thursday.
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Sources: HTC's Google Android phone is “weeks away” from launching  —  Over the past few days, we've gotten multiple confirmations from reliable sources that the first phone built on Google's Android platform will launch in the next several weeks.  It will be an HTC phone, likely the HTC Dream …
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
MBTA published checksum info in court filings  —  Something most troubling in the email exchange between Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Jennifer Granick and MBTA attorney Leuan Mahony, posted by News.com.  The essence is that MBTA itself included the MIT students' confidential report …
Discussion: CNET News.com and InformationWeek
 
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