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6:30 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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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.
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 …
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).
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Valleywag on "drunken employee" in datacenter
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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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.
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Universities win Senate fight over anti-P2P proposal  —  Updated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has withdrawn anti-file sharing legislation that had drawn yowls of protest from universities this week.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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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.
Andy Ihnatko / Macworld:
The truth about Fake Steve Jobs  —  Welp, I'm glad to say that the Things Have Officially Gotten Out Of Hand light I bought on clearance from Radio Shack last year is working flawlessly.  It started blinking a few months ago, just before the phone rang and I found myself speaking …
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.
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
Lester Haines / The Register:
MySpace erases 29,000 sex offenders  —  MySpace yesterday announced it had "detected and deleted" 29,000 convicted sex offenders on the social networking site, Reuters reports.  —  The figure is considerably higher than the 7,000 it said it had identified back in May, after coming under strong pressure …
Discussion: Inquirer
Isaiah Strom / Ars Technica:
Nine months with HD TiVo: the Series 3 platform  —  TiVo in HD  —  TiVo Series 3  —  Manufacturer: TiVo  —  For years now, consumers have enjoyed the capacity and convenience of the Digital Video Recorder (DVR).  The most prominent brand in the marketplace, TiVo, has become a household word.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Sting!  The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history  —  Earlier today the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the FBI announced the largest bust of counterfeit software manufacturing or distribution ever.  The bust took place in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and includes arrests …
Discussion: Geek News Central
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 …
 
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