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5:30 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Skype Outage Expose P2P's Limitations?
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Skype's Outage Another Example of Why Current Mahalo is Doomed
Sprint:
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 investor.relations@sprint.com
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Welcome Xohm: Sprint's WiMAX service gets name, $5 billion price tag  —  Sprint Nextel has given its upcoming WiMAX service a name and a web site (which will teach you how to pronounce "Xohm").  Sprint will launch the service in Chicago and Baltimore by year end, with a nationwide launch coming in spring 2008.
Sprint:
Push-to-Talk on New Devices Will Give Sprint Customers More Ways …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
A Change in Seasons  —  If there's one thing I've learned during my time as CEO here at Technorati is that making tough choices is a daily reality.  But some choices are tougher than others, particularly when they involve one's own self.  —  You see, I've made the tough decision to turn …
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.
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.
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Richard J. Dalton Jr / Newsday:   Ads help pay way in Island's Wi-Fi model
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Happy 25th Birthday, compact disc!  —  Has it really been a quarter-century since the first compact disc was pressed, finally freeing us from the infernal routine of rewinding our mix tapes?  Well sure enough, Philips was kind enough to inform us that its very first CD rolled off …
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Philips Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Compact Disc
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Podtech / John Furrier:
Taking it to the Next Level - PodTech Has a New CEO  —  Today the company, which I founded two years ago, is announcing a new CEO - James McCormick.  James has been the Chief Operating Officer for the past 9 months.  In his role he has been setting up the business and operating infrastucture for PodTech.
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.
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 …
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Knowledge Networks pays $300,000 to settle internal copyright complaint  —  (InfoWorld) - Analyst firm Knowledge Networks has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a complaint that it distributed news articles to its employees without permission of the copyright owners, a trade group announced Thursday.
Business Wire:
HP Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results  — GAAP operating profit of $2.1 billion; $0.66 earnings per share, up from $0.48 in the prior-year period  — Non-GAAP operating profit of $2.3 billion; $0.71 earnings per share, up from $0.52 in the prior-year period
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iWork Package Is Elegant but Wimpy Compared With Office  —  When you hear that Apple has released a new product, you think of a sleek Macintosh laptop, or perhaps a beautiful program for editing videos.  But a spreadsheet?  Not a spreadsheet.  After all, expertise with spreadsheets …
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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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
SCO to partners, customers: It's business as usual
Discussion: The Register
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Google still growing on Eastside; 3 buildings leased in Kirkland
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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Three of i-mate's five Ultimate devices canceled?
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