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1:40 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.
Discussion: Computerworld and VoIP Watch
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?  —  Update: 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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix  —  Skype has confirmed it is having software problems on its network, resulting in a lack of connectivity for millions of Skype users.  Many users cannot currently authenticate to Skype, rendering all voice, chat, and voicemail services effectively offline.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and TechSpot News
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
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.
Discussion: Business Wire and Mashable!
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Truveo Finds Its Video Destination
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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:
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.
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
 
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Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
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ABCNEWS:
What Do You Listen to on Orbit? Astronauts Take iPods
Discussion: iLounge
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
Try Twitter Instead of Mahalo for People-Powered Search
BBC:
Bluetooth helps Facebook friends
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Globe and Mail:
The resurrection of free
Discussion: Techdirt
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
AllofMP3 Survives First Test In Court
Discussion: Slyck, p2pnet and TechSpot News
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Removes Blog Showing Leaked Facebook Code
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Online Video Site Bolt.com Shuts Down