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11:45 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!
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
What the XenSource acquisition says about Citrix  —  I was quite busy at work today so I'm only catching up on blog reading now.  My arch nemesis has been busy :-) BTW, when do you do your day job?  Can I get a job at Alfresco???? :  Kidding aside....Matt says: … Couldn't agree with him more.
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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.
Discussion: the Constant Observer
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
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:
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
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:
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
AWESOME: Meebo on the iPhone  —  Meebo will announce the official launch tonight of its service for the iPhone.  If this sounds a bit familiar, it's because Meebo's existing site was already compatible with the iPhone, but now it has the slick, sliding interface that sets apart cool new tools like Facebook's iPhone edition.
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.
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
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
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
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Verizon asks FCC to stop reduced rates for competitors
Discussion: Ars Technica
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'