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10:45 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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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.
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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.
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: BeyondVC, Switched and Inquirer
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Where we are at 1100 GMT  —  As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours, here's the latest on the sign-on problem.  —  We're on the road to recovery.  Skype is stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day.  —  An encouraging number of users can now use Skype once again.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains  —  It has been a day from hell for Skype fans and Skype, the company.  The outages have impacted many.  Skype's misfortune turned out to be a boon for SIPphone.  —  The company saw a 400% increase in traffic this morning, with 4 times increase in sales …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Facebook application bought for $3M — land grab still in progress
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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David Dalka:
Death of Blog Search Part 2 - Sifry Leaves Technorati
Discussion: BlogStorm
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Discussion: Take2 and A VC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechStars Demo Day - Class of 2007  —  Y Combinator wasn't the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today.  Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage - ten of them - to give the audience a first look at what they've been up to all summer.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat
Pandia Search Engine News:
Fast Search & Transfer lets go of 148 employees  —  CEO John Markus Lervik has a plan for how to get the search engine company Fast back on the right track.  —  According to Aftenposten/E24 the troubled search engine company Fast Search & Transfer will let go of 148 employees.
BBC:
Compact disc hits 25th birthday  —  Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany, sparking a global music revolution.  —  More than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide since then and it remains the dominant format despite the growth in digital downloads.
Sourcefire Network Security:
Sourcefire Acquires ClamAV Open Source Network Anti-Virus Project  —  Acquisition Expands Company's Open Source Portfolio and Commercial  —  Open source innovator and SNORT (R) creator, Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), today announced that it has acquired ClamAV(TM), a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project.
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
American Airlines Sues Google Over Keyword Ads  —  American Airlines v. Google, 4:07-cv-00487 (N.D. Tex. complaint filed Aug. 16, 2007) [Warning: 4.4MB file] … Well, this is interesting.  It's not unusual for a trademark owner to sue Google for keyword-triggered ads—been there, done that.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
Goals led Dell to cook 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 is that Dell's …
Discussion: Business Week
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Confesses It Was Cooking The Books
Discussion: Between the Lines and Techdirt
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SF Chronicle's Stages Of Google Grief Lead To Suggestion For Google To Just Buy Newspapers  —  First off, before someone brings it up in the comments, I'll point out that the following post refers to the views of various columnists at the SF Chronicle, rather than any sort of discussion among …
chrisbrogan.com:
Newbies Guide to Twitter  —  Roy Jacobsen asked if there was a newbies guide to Twitter.  There might be, but for those of you who want a different perspective, I feel up for writing another one.  So why not?  DISCLAIMER: This is how *I* derive value from Twitter.  You might do it differently.
 
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BBC:
Super solution for Rubik's cube
Discussion: Crave
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple designing 'collapsible connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Get ready for the 'Twitterization' of mainstream media