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4:20 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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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.
David Dalka:
Death of Blog Search Part 2 - Sifry Leaves Technorati
Discussion: BlogStorm
alarm:clock:
Technorati's CEO Out. Startup Turned Over To The Mob
Discussion: Mark Evans
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Acquires Where I've Been for Reported $3 Million  —  Update: We are still awaiting comment from TripAdvisor.  No official confirmation yet.  —  Just two months after asking, "I Have 250,000 Users, Now What?", Craig Ulliott has an answer.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Confesses It Was Cooking The Books  —  Today, Dell confessed: it was cooking the books.  —  The company announced that it has completed its internal investigation of various accounting and financial reporting issues, and that the probe found a variety of accounting errors and irregularities.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell restates financials; Says books were cooked
Discussion: InfoWorld
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
Goals lead to Dell cooking the books
Discussion: Business Week
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The latest on the Skype sign-on issue  —  Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue.  As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have.  The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack.
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Joosep / Heartbeat:
Problems with Skype login
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Get ready for the 'Twitterization' of mainstream media  —  Back in 1991, when I first started as a tech journalist for PC Week (now eWeek), there was no Web.  There was print, TV, and radio.  PC Week was a print book and, to the extent that any of the parent company Ziff Davis' publications were online …
PhysOrg.com:
Longtime Rivals IBM, Sun to Collaborate  —  (AP) — Two longtime rivals in computing, IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., plan to cooperate on some server technologies, a move that could put pressure on their joint competitor Hewlett-Packard Co.  —  Sun's chief executive, Jonathan Schwartz …
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps  —  Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally.  Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Hands-On With The Sprint Palm Gandolf, HTC Touch and More!  —  Sprint's full-day technology summit today in Northern Virginia had a major prize at the end: a room full of Sprint's upcoming phones and PDAs for the rest of 2007.  The bad news: they stopped me from taking pictures.
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.
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple designing 'collapsible connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems  —  Apple Inc., which is expected to introduce a widescreen ultra-portable in the coming months, may compact the notebook's I/O ports into a collapsible connection receptacle on the rear of the unit in order to conserve space …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups  —  Y Combinator held their fall bi-annual Demo Day today at their Mountain View office.  The fall demo day featured a whopping 19 companies giving lightning fast 7 minute elevator pitches to a room of press and potential angel investors.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
EA backtracking on claims of simultaneous Mac game releases  —  Despite promises that it would release Mac versions of some high-profile games day-and-date with their Windows counterparts, Electronic Arts has conceded that at least some of these titles have been delayed.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Error in Skype's Software Shuts Down Phone Service  —  The online telephone service Skype was not working for much of the day on Thursday, leaving its 220 million users, some of them small businesses that had given up their landlines, without a way to call colleagues, customers and friends.
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Kids sued by RIAA seek to rope Sharman, AOL into P2P lawsuit
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PC World:
Sony Claims PS3 Failure Rate of Less Than 1 Percent
Discussion: GamePro.com and Neowin.net
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Gateway Enters Chinese Market with Notebook and Desktop PCs
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
ABA launches free legal advice site for small online businesses
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Netflix playing hardball with subscription pricing [UPDATE]
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Digg Removes Facebook Source Code Links
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
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Phil Serafino / Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Buys 120,000 Shares in Options Exercise
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
USAToday Says Traffic Way Up  —  Less than twelve hours …
PodTech.net:
PodTech and 1938 Media agree to end relationship
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Welcome Xohm: Sprint's WiMAX service gets name, $5 billion price tag
Podtech / John Furrier:
Taking it to the Next Level - PodTech Has a New CEO