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3:45 AM ET, July 25, 2007

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San Francisco Chronicle:
At least 20,000 without power in downtown S.F.  —  (07-24) 15:12 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — At least 20,000 customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in downtown San Francisco lost power this afternoon, the utility said.  —  Brian Swanson, a spokesman for the utility, said outages …
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Valleywag:
Breakdowns: A drunk employee kills all of the websites you care about  —  365 Main, a datacenter on the edge of San Francisco's Financial District, is popular with Soma startups for its proximity and its state-of-the-art facilities.  Or it used to be, anyway, until a power outage took …
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
365 Main datacenter power outage - Six Apart Technorati Craigslist  —  The Web 2.0 datacenter 365 Main, in the heart of SOMA, just lost power.  Sites that are affected include Craigstlist, Technorati, Yelp and all Six Apart properties, TypePad, LiveJournal and Vox.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Power Outages In San Francisco Bring Down Major Websites  —  6 back-to-back power outages hit the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco Tuesday afternoon causing major havoc with popular web services.  365 Main is down, along with craigslist, Technorati, Yelp, AdBrite and SixApart (including TypePad, LiveJournal and Vox).
Valleywag:
Breaking: Angry mob gathers outside SF datacenter  —  Angry mob gathers outside SF datacenter  —  There's a reason most datacenters are located in distant office parks: It's harder for angry customers to line up at your door.  And that's what's happening to 365 Main, the downtown-San Francisco datacenter …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Key Sites Offline Today; Major SF Power Outage May Be To Blame
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
IPhone Use Disappoints; Apple Slides  —  Apple's shares slumped 6 percent on Tuesday after AT&T said the early surge of iPhone buyers starting service on its network was smaller than some analysts had anticipated.  —  AT&T, in reporting its second-quarter earnings, said 146,000 iPhone owners …
Discussion: Inquirer
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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Customers First To Upload Videos To YouTube Using Multimedia Messaging  —  Current subscribers can change their preferences  —  Change your preferences —==—==—==—== —==—==—==—== —==—  Verizon Wireless Customers First To Upload Videos To YouTube Using Multimedia Messaging
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Upload videos to YouTube with a Verizon phone
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Universities win Senate fight over anti-P2P proposal  —  Updated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has withdrawn anti-file sharing legislation that had drawn yowls of protest from universities this week.  —  Reid, without explanation, on Monday nixed his own amendment that would have required colleges …
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK rejects music copyright extension  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The British government rejected a plea to extend copyright laws for sound recordings to beyond 50 years on Tuesday, prompting the music industry to accuse it of not supporting musicians and artists.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
The UK Says No to Over 50 Year Music Copyright
Discussion: Guardian
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Hires Yu as Finance Chief  —  Facebook Inc. hired Gideon Yu as chief financial officer, adding YouTube Inc.'s former finance chief to further bolster the social-networking company's executive ranks.  —  Mr. Yu, 36 years old, succeeds Mike Sheridan.  Mr. Sheridan is leaving the company after joining in September.
Business Standard:
Google joins hands with Band of Angels  —  Google Inc, the $-10 billion Internet major, is set to lead the angel investing scenario in India.  —  The company, which has been acquiring mature companies across the world, is doing something different in India — taking the angel investing route in an effort to tap ideas and talent pool.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Russian prosecutors seek jail time for Allofmp3.com owner  —  Prosecutors in Russia have demanded jail time for the operator of Allofmp3.com, according to published reports.  —  Denis Kvasov, the former owner of the popular Russia-based music site that sold unauthorized music downloads …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Facebook Founder Accused of Stealing Idea for Site  —  Court will hear tales of social networking allegations in Facebook vs. ConnectU  —  A Boston judge is expected to decide this week whether or not to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network  —  The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CIA venture arm invests in video improvement company, MotionDSP  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the nation's intelligence services, has invested an undisclosed small amount of money into video enhancement company MotionDSP and also awarded it with contracts.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Turn to Google Maps for flood updates  —  With the current flooding in England affecting millions of homes and still spreading - Oxford is the latest city to be hit by the rising waters - plenty of people are turning to the internet to get the latest information.
 
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