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7:40 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
A Change in Seasons  —  If there's one thing I've learned during my time as CEO here at Technorati is that making tough choices is a daily reality.  But some choices are tougher than others, particularly when they involve one's own self.  —  You see, I've made the tough decision to turn …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Loses A "Great Leader."  PodTech Also Loses CEO  —  We've all known that blog search engine Technorati and videocasting site PodTech weren't doing particularly well: that both companies were conducting CEO searches.  But today the bloodletting became real.  —  PodTech CEO John Furrier is out.
David Dalka:
Death of Blog Search Part 2 - Sifry Leaves Technorati  —  Techcrunch, Alarm clock and even Jason Calcanis weighed in on David Sifry's departure.  Jason extrapolated into some things that I don't agree with completely, except with his suggestion that Web 2.0 companies try to make a profit, but I'll leave that alone for now.
Discussion: BlogStorm
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Discussion: A VC and Take2
alarm:clock:
Technorati's CEO Out. Startup Turned Over To The Mob
Discussion: Mark Evans
George Ou:
Skype still down - Published DoS exploit may be culprit  —  It's been a day and Skype is still down for me.  The task tray Skype logo never turns green for me and it keeps trying to connect.  The service was intermittently up on Thursday afternoon Pacific Standard Time but it hard down now.
Discussion: WebProNews and Skype-watch.com …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Error in Skype's Software Shuts Down Phone Service  —  The online telephone service Skype was not working for much of the day on Thursday, leaving its 220 million users, some of them small businesses that had given up their landlines, without a way to call colleagues, customers and friends.
Discussion: Inquirer
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The latest on the Skype sign-on issue  —  Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue.  As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have.  The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Reportedly Acquires Where I've Been for $3 Million  —  Update: We are still awaiting comment from TripAdvisor.  No official confirmation yet.  —  Just two months after asking, "I Have 250,000 Users, Now What?", Craig Ulliott has an answer.
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
Goals lead to Dell cooking the books  —  Though Dell has finished an internal investigation into its accounting practices, there are still plenty of questions about the company, which not long ago could do no wrong in the minds of investors and customers.  —  What we know now …
Discussion: Business Week
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Confesses It Was Cooking The Books
Discussion: Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Dell restates financials; Says books were cooked
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups  —  Y Combinator held their fall bi-annual Demo Day today at their Mountain View office.  The fall demo day featured a whopping 19 companies giving lightning fast 7 minute elevator pitches to a room of press and potential angel investors.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechStars Demo Day - Class of 2007
Discussion: GigaOM
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Get ready for the 'Twitterization' of mainstream media  —  Back in 1991, when I first started as a tech journalist for PC Week (now eWeek), there was no Web.  There was print, TV, and radio.  PC Week was a print book and, to the extent that any of the parent company Ziff Davis' publications were online …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps  —  Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally.  Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior.
PhysOrg.com:
Longtime Rivals IBM, Sun to Collaborate  —  (AP) — Two longtime rivals in computing, IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., plan to cooperate on some server technologies, a move that could put pressure on their joint competitor Hewlett-Packard Co.  —  Sun's chief executive, Jonathan Schwartz …
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Hands-On With The Sprint Palm Gandolf, HTC Touch and More!  —  Sprint's full-day technology summit today in Northern Virginia had a major prize at the end: a room full of Sprint's upcoming phones and PDAs for the rest of 2007.  The bad news: they stopped me from taking pictures.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
EA backtracking on claims of simultaneous Mac game releases  —  Despite promises that it would release Mac versions of some high-profile games day-and-date with their Windows counterparts, Electronic Arts has conceded that at least some of these titles have been delayed.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Broadband Goes Slo-Mo
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The software awards scam
BBC:
Compact disc hits 25th birthday
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PC World:
Google Increases Stake in China
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Lynn Ayres: What is Windows Live ID?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Kids sued by RIAA seek to rope Sharman, AOL into P2P lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt
PC World:
Sony Claims PS3 Failure Rate of Less Than 1 Percent
Discussion: Neowin.net and GamePro.com
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Gateway Enters Chinese Market with Notebook and Desktop PCs
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
ABA launches free legal advice site for small online businesses
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple designing 'collapsible connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems
PodTech.net:
PodTech and 1938 Media agree to end relationship
Discussion: 901am
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP firing on all cylinders
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iWork Package Is Elegant but Wimpy Compared With Office
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Google still growing on Eastside; 3 buildings leased in Kirkland
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Knowledge Networks pays $300,000 to settle internal copyright complaint