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6:30 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.
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype login problems
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Loses A "Great Leader."  PodTech Also Loses CEO  —  We've all known that blog search engine Technorati and videocasting site PodTech weren't doing particularly well: that both companies were conducting CEO searches.  But today the bloodletting became real.  —  PodTech CEO John Furrier is out.
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.
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Business Wire:
Dell Independent Investigation Completed; Will Restate Financials  —  Remedial Action Under Way to Correct Control Deficiencies  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell (NASDAQ:DELL - News) today announced that its Audit Committee has completed its independent investigation into certain accounting and financial reporting matters.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell restates financials; Says books were cooked
Discussion: InfoWorld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP firing on all cylinders  —  Hewlett-Packard on Thursday reported fiscal third quarter earnings of $2.1 billion, or 66 a share, and revenue of $25.4 billion.  Overall, HP delivered a solid performance across all of its business units.  —  Excluding one-time items, HP reported earnings of 71 cents a share.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Reuters
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Business Wire:
HP Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
PR Newswire:
USATODAY.com Reports 20% Year-Over-Year Increase in Traffic  —  MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ — USA TODAY announces that its website, USATODAY.com, recorded a 20% year-over year increase in traffic for the month of July 2007 and a month-over-month growth of 24% according to Nielsen/NetRatings.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   USAToday Says Traffic Way Up  —  Less than twelve hours …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OMG!  Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY  —  Updated below: 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:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
PodTech.net:
PodTech and 1938 Media agree to end relationship  —  By mutual agreement, 1938 Media and the PodTech Network terminated their distribution agreement effective today.  Loren Feldman, president of 1938 Media, is a highly creative professional in the emerging video blogging industry …
 
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Get ready for the 'Twitterization' of mainstream media
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
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Phil Serafino / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Buys 120,000 Shares in Options Exercise
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Muhammad Saleem / muhammad.saleem:
mission accomplished: at&t mending its tree-killing ways
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USA Today:
Spammers find new ways to slip through
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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Google still growing on Eastside; 3 buildings leased in Kirkland
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
IBM expands support for Sun's Solaris 10
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Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
Newcomer Chosen for Wi-Fi in 2 Counties
Stace / Unwired View:
NEW SAMSUNG PHONES TO HELP YOU PRATICE SAFE SEX
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and zedgeHeadz
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Row brewing over attorneys' fees in RIAA loss
Microsoft:
Activated Content Licenses Microsoft Technology to Enhance Audio …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Bink.nu
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Weird, scary and bizarre iPhone tales
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Gadget Lab
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
Try Twitter Instead of Mahalo for People-Powered Search
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Microsoft's anti-Google lobbyists, revealed
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
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Reuters:
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