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3:10 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 …
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?  —  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 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Skype Suffers Major Outage
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Software glitch silences Skype service
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
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
Reuters:   Sprint Earmarks $5 Billion for WiMax Network
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.
Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:
Ads help pay way in Island's Wi-Fi model  —  Hundreds of cities worldwide seeking to offer Wi-Fi have faced a major hurdle: finding a business model that works.  —  Long Island officials have opted for free Wi-Fi supported by advertising for an entry-level service with no government money for infrastructure costs.
Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
Newcomer Chosen for Wi-Fi in 2 Counties  —  A $150 million plan to make wireless broadband available across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, covering 750 square miles and nearly three million residents, took a major step forward on Wednesday when Long Island officials chose a company for the project.
Philips Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Compact Disc  — CD ushered in shift from analogue to digital in the music industry, spawned new digital technologies, including CD-Rom and DVD  —  Exactly 25 years ago tomorrow, on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Happy 25th Birthday, compact disc!
Discussion: digg
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: WebProNews, Business Wire and Mashable!
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.
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
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 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Photo-Auto Maps (1907)  —  Lauren Weinstein, who previously posted his thoughts on Google Maps Street View, writes:  —  While watching a program over on History International earlier today, I was reminded that a form of Google Maps "Street View" was available in ... 1907 - a full century ago!
Discussion: CNET
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Row brewing over attorneys' fees in RIAA loss
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Weird, scary and bizarre iPhone tales
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Benchmarking in your pants
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Visa Relaxes Retail Credit Card Security Threats
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Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft's anti-Google lobbyists, revealed
Globe and Mail:
The resurrection of free
Discussion: Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OMG! Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY
Discussion: PR Newswire, Inquirer and A VC
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
New robots.txt feature and REP Meta Tags
Marc Graser / Variety:
Industry pair to dish help on website