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12:15 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 …
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 …
Discussion: dslreports.com and mocoNews.net
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint's new WiMax to be called 'Xohm'
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!
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:
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 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
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.
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
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.
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:
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
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
EMI NAME GAME  —  NEW OWNERS MAY GO OUTSIDE MUSIC BIZ  —  Now that Guy Hands' Terra Firma has picked up shareholder approval for EMI, questions are swirling around the future leadership of the British recorded music giant.  —  Multiple sources said the private-equity firm is looking …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and hypebot
Raven Zachary / 451 CAOS Theory:
Citrix acquires XenSource  —  As you have no doubt heard by now, Citrix announced its acquisition of open source virtualization company XenSource today for $500m (press release).  —  We issued a TechDealmaker QuickTake early this morning concerning this news entitled, "Citrix pays $500m for XenSource …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Photo-Auto Maps (1907)  —  Lauren Weinstein, who previously posted …
ClickZ:
FIM Expands Partnerships with Local Affiliates for Ad, Content Management
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's anti-Google lobbyists, revealed
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun video- HTC Advantage in action
Carlos Bergfeld / Shacknews:
EA Staffer Attempts to Alter Wiki History
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
AWESOME: Meebo on the iPhone
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Truveo Finds Its Video Destination
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
AllofMP3 Survives First Test In Court
Discussion: Slyck, p2pnet and TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
David Weiss:
Numbers  —  One of the great benefits of working at Microsoft …
Discussion: MacUser
Phone Arena:
Verizon prepares 15 still unannounced phones for release
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: MacUser, Bit Player and hypebot
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun and IBM promise operating system surprise
Discussion: PC World and Zoli's Blog