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12:55 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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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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype Suffers Major Outage  —  Skype has suffered a major service outage that started from approximately 3am PST Thursday.  —  Skype advised that their engineering team had determined that the downtime was due to a software issue, with the problem expected to be solved "within 12 to 24 hours."
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Skype Outage Expose P2P's Limitations?  —  Peer-to-peer by its very nature is supposed to work without a problem, with packets finding their way to good peers, and then moving on to their final destination.  The Skype outage - you couldn't login to your Skype account …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Meebo re-launches improved iPhone chat app  —  Your Meebo buddy list is now finger friendly, and easy on the eyes.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  This morning Meebo is releasing a freshly updated version of their chat app for the iPhone.  The new iteration is more finger friendly …
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:
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Keeps Sliding; Mossberg Lukewarm On iWork; Bear Stearns Finds Happy iPhone Buyers  —  The Apple (AAPL) sell-off continues; with today's decline, the stock is now off more than 20% since its post-earnings closing peak at $146 on July 26.  —  No huge news today, though; I think the decline is mostly about profit taking.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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David Weiss:
Numbers  —  One of the great benefits of working at Microsoft …
Discussion: MacUser
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.
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!
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Demonstrates Key Technologies for Mobility Strategy  —  Product Branding and WiMAX Business Plans Showcased  —  RESTON, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today demonstrated key technologies and described operational plans to provide unique new services to meet …
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Holy Cow: 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.  Not selling the iPhone itself, just 15 minutes to "see/touch/feel" the JesusPhone under supervision.
Discussion: Computerworld and TECH.BLORGE.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OMG!  Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY  —  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:
Discussion: PR Newswire, Inquirer and A VC
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.
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.
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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Phone Arena:
Verizon prepares 15 still unannounced phones for release
Glenn / Coolfer:
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Sam / Prototype JavaScript framework:
Prototype 1.6.0 release candidate
Discussion: Ajaxian
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: MacUser, Bit Player and hypebot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Online Video Site Bolt.com Shuts Down