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11:40 AM ET, August 16, 2007

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Joosep / Heartbeat:
Problems with Skype login  —  UPDATED 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype.  Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue.  We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours.  Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon …
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Skype Outage  —  Skype is experiencing a major outage.  My fellow TMC co-workers noticed it late Wednesday when they couldn't IM fellow co-workers.  TMC's Dave Rodrqiguez told me that he went home for the day, signed into Skype from home and was bombared with a ton of Skype IM messages that didn't go through earlier.
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Removes Blog Showing Leaked Facebook Code  —  FacebookSecrets, the blog that posted the accidentally released source code for the Facebook main index page, has been taken down.  The blog was hosted on the Google-owned Blogger blog network and was removed pursuant to a DMCA take down notice from Facebook.
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Soso Sazesh / Techomical:
Facebook Secrets Blog Shutdown By Google?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
Globe and Mail:
The resurrection of free  —  With The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal said to be looking at removing the "pay wall" around their online content, and others - including CNN, Google and AOL - having already done so, one question springs to mind: Are we seeing the death of paid content online …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
New York Times Select Rumor - Data Perspective
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog, Gawker and Epicenter
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Online Video Site Bolt.com Shuts Down  —  We just received a tipoff that Bolt.com, the online video site that settled a lawsuit with Universal in March, has ceased operations and closed its website.  More on this as it develops, but for now this is the message on Bolt's website:
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
AllofMP3 Survives First Test In Court  —  Moscow's Cheremushkin District Court cited poor work by prosecutors Wednesday in finding Denis Kvasov, the former owner of digital music site AllofMP3.com, not guilty of violating intellectual property laws.  —  Kvasov was the general director …
Discussion: Slyck, p2pnet and TechSpot News
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Former AllOfMP3 boss found "not guilty" in Russian court
Discussion: Techdirt and P2P Blog
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
The Great Advertising Share Shift: Google Sucks Life Out Of Old Media  —  [From Silicon Alley Insider] Everyone talks about advertising dollars shifting online, but when you're fighting all day in the trenches it's tough to get a handle on what this really means.  Here's what it means:
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
New robots.txt feature and REP Meta Tags  —  We've improved Webmaster Central's robots.txt analysis tool to recognize sitemap declarations and relative urls.  Earlier versions weren't aware of sitemaps at all, and understood only absolute URLs; anything else was reported as Syntax not understood.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Three of i-mate's five Ultimate devices canceled?  —  We wish we could say we were surprised about this, we really do.  It seems that i-mate has canceled arguably the three most interesting versions of its Ultimate line: the 5150 slider, 7150 QWERTY flip, and 9150 numeric flip.
John Spooner / ChipLand:
Penryn comes home for the holidays  —  Intel is indeed planning to launch 45-nanometer Penryn chips this year, several reports say.  News.com's Tom Krazit, for one, says to expect Penryn server chips to arrive before Thanksgiving.  (Link: Here.)  —  Intel appears to be using the relative health …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Marc Graser / Variety:
Industry pair to dish help on website  —  Tercek, Edelman set to launch PeopleJam  —  Dr. Phil's about to face some serious competition online: Hollywood execs Robert Tercek and Matt Edelman are prepping to launch PeopleJam, a website set on helping people improve their lives.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
USAToday's Social Network Experiment May Not Be Paying Off  —  When USAToday relaunched its site in March as a social network around news, I and others thought it was big news.  —  They integrated Pluck's new Social Media Suite, a group of social networking products that a number of high profile news sites have adopted.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Holy Cow: People Selling iPhone Sexy Touch Time in India  —  People Selling iPhone Sexy Touch Time in India  —  According to fellow Indian journo and Giz reader Aswin R, someone in India is selling sexy touching time with the iPhone using Facebook's marketplace.
Discussion: Computerworld
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Truveo Finds Its Video Destination  —  Until today, AOL's December 2005 acquisition of video search startup Truveo has been a white-label technology behind the video capabilities of many of the Web's biggest sites.  With its relaunch as a destination portal, Truveo became the top contender for best video search site in the world.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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Carlos Bergfeld / Shacknews:
EA Staffer Attempts to Alter Wiki History
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OMG! Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY
Discussion: Inquirer
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch:
Dynamic URLs and Crawlers
Poorna Jagannathan / PSFK:
PSFK Report: Virgin's Inaugural Flight - LAX to SFO
Tech.co.uk:
Wii success making component suppliers rich
David Weiss:
Numbers  —  One of the great benefits of working at Microsoft …
Discussion: MacUser
Phone Arena:
Verizon prepares 15 still unannounced phones for release
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Freewebs Redesign Aims to Incorporate More Web 2.0
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Glenn / Coolfer:
EMI's New Digital Strategy May Have Prevented A Worse June/July Slide
Sam / Prototype JavaScript framework:
Prototype 1.6.0 release candidate
Discussion: Ajaxian
Macworld UK:
MACWORLD MARKETPLACE  —  At Ciao you can read consumer reviews …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Robert Block / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Universal to track DRM-free music online via watermarking
Discussion: Bit Player and hypebot
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun and IBM promise operating system surprise
Discussion: PC World and Zoli's Blog
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint's new WiMax to be called 'Xohm'