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5:40 PM 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 bombarded with a ton of Skype IM messages that didn't go through earlier.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Skype Outage Expose P2P's Limitations?
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
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:
Bad News And New CEOs at Technorati And Podtech  —  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.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sifry Resigns, Layoffs At Technorati
Discussion: WinExtra and Business Week
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
TECHNORATI CEO DAVE SIFRY STEPS DOWN
Discussion: Valleywag
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:   Web 2.0 growing pains as Technorati cuts staff, CEO exits
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Demonstrates Key Technologies For Mobility Strategy  —  Product branding and WiMAX business plans showcased  —  Media Contact:  —  James Fisher, 703-433-8677  —  Investor Relations Contact:  —  Kurt Fawkes, 800-259-3755 investor.relations@sprint.com
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Welcome Xohm: Sprint's WiMAX service gets name, $5 billion price tag
Sprint:
Push-to-Talk on New Devices Will Give Sprint Customers More Ways …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Business Wire:
HP Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results  — GAAP operating profit of $2.1 billion; $0.66 earnings per share, up from $0.48 in the prior-year period  — Non-GAAP operating profit of $2.3 billion; $0.71 earnings per share, up from $0.52 in the prior-year period
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   HP firing on all cylinders
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OMG!  Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY  —  Updated below: A study has determined that iPhone's touchscreen is two times slower than QWERTY phones when it comes to texting.  —  OMG!  —  This study was conducted by User Centric, a Chicago-based usability consultant.  User Centric concludes:
Podtech / John Furrier:
Taking it to the Next Level - PodTech Has a New CEO  —  Today the company, which I founded two years ago, is announcing a new CEO - James McCormick.  James has been the Chief Operating Officer for the past 9 months.  In his role he has been setting up the business and operating infrastucture for PodTech.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
AOL's Truveo Introduces New Video Search Site And Consumer Destination  —  AOL acquired video search engine Truveo in January, 2006 and has used it primarily as a technology platform to power AOL video since that time.  Simultaneously, the company has been supporting video search on third party sites.
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Knowledge Networks pays $300,000 to settle internal copyright complaint  —  (InfoWorld) - Analyst firm Knowledge Networks has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a complaint that it distributed news articles to its employees without permission of the copyright owners, a trade group announced Thursday.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Secret AdSense Online Advisory Council Revealed  —  It seems that AdSense is forming (or has formed) a secret new group made up of some of it's most successful publishers.  —  An email was sent to an unknown number of publishers in the last 24 hours inviting them to join it with the following email …
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iWork Package Is Elegant but Wimpy Compared With Office  —  When you hear that Apple has released a new product, you think of a sleek Macintosh laptop, or perhaps a beautiful program for editing videos.  But a spreadsheet?  Not a spreadsheet.  After all, expertise with spreadsheets …
Stace / Unwired View:
NEW SAMSUNG PHONES TO HELP YOU PRATICE SAFE SEX  —  Yep.  You've read the headline right.  Samsung has just filed the patent application for a mobile phone that will help you practice safe sex Well, almost.  —  The phone in question will not protect you from various STD's, you'll have to use your own discretion for that.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and zedgeHeadz
 
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