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12:10 AM ET, August 15, 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Netflix may lose $1.8M to $3.6M in revenue per day over outage  —  Update: Netflix has been facing shipping delays and outages in its distribution centers for the last two days and has been fumbling to find a fix.  The company said Thursday that it is hoping to bring its systems online overnight.
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Thursday Morning Shipping Update  —  Hi, it's Andy again.  Unfortunately, we continue to experience significant shipping issues as of Thursday morning.  We were able to ship some DVDs from about half of our distribution centers yesterday but we haven't yet been able to resume shipping this morning.
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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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Sinofsky dishes on Windows 7  —  The incredibly tight veil of secrecy around Windows 7 is about to lift, at least a little.  —  After months of information lockdown, Microsoft is ready to begin talking about the next version of Windows.  The first bits of information come from the very top …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and WinBeta
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sinofsky to dish on Windows 7? Wishful thinking
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 …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:   RIAA Pays $107,951 to Alleged Filesharer
New York Times:
Smartphone Is Expected via Google  —  T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google's Android software, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Best Looking Palm Ever)  —  Wow, check out the Treo Pro, previously thought to be the Treo 850.  It's safe to say Palm is plunging ahead with the Centro's industrial design, but the stark (glossy?) black and white color scheme with the phone/end orbs make it slick, rather than kiddie cool.
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 …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Appoints 2 Icahn Allies to Its Board
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
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 …
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 …
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Jeff DeChambeau / Wikinomics:
Remember Photosynth?  Well, it's old-hat now.  —  Photosynth (ted talk, demo page, our coverage), a project acquired by Microsoft, made for one of the coolest tech demos to grace the internet in a very long time.  The experience that Photosynth provided by inferring 3d structures from collections …
Discussion: Webware.com, webmonkey and Gizmodo
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Google Black Hole  —  SERGEY AND LARRY JUST BOUGHT MY COMPANY.  UH OH.  —  Late last month, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch reported that Google was in the final stages of negotiations to purchase Digg, the popular user-vote-counting news site.  A few days later, Arrington …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Next Social Networks Will Be Powered By WordPress and Movable Type  —  Platforms like WordPress and Movable Type democratized the process of self-publishing.  With these tools, everyone could be a publisher and it didn't require advanced technical expertise to do so.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void  —  Assuming the founders of Twitter are listening, then they will have been be hearing about the outcry from users outside the US (just read these comments) after they completely cut off all outbound SMS services in the UK and chose …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
McCain Offers Vague, Unoffensive Technology Policy - Editorial: Let market forces rule, yadda yadda yadda...  John McCain today published his technology policy, which, as you might expect, relies heavily on keeping regulation to a minimum and letting “market forces” display their total awesomeness without …
 
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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Police nab Shadow creators, force botnet to commit suicide
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Layoffs coming in AOL's datacenters?
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Verizon Wireless ranks No. 1 in customer service
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.5 bug fix list grows with build 9F13 seed
Discussion: MacRumors, iTWire and TUAW
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Psystar ‘Definitely Still Shipping’ Mac Clones
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
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