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1:00 PM ET, August 17, 2007

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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Where we are at 1100 GMT  —  As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours, here's the latest on the sign-on problem.  —  We're on the road to recovery.  Skype is stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day.  —  An encouraging number of users can now use Skype once again.
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George Ou:
Skype still down - Published DoS exploit may be culprit  —  It's been a day and Skype is still down for me.  The task tray Skype logo never turns green for me and it keeps trying to connect.  The service was intermittently up on Thursday afternoon Pacific Standard Time but it hard down now.
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.
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.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix (updated)  —  Update follows, original story is below:  —  Skype's problems are still causing problems across the globe, but it would appear that the end is in sight.  We're receiving reports from users who are successfully logging on to Skype, but those are the lucky few.
Discussion: Conversation Agent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype is back (for some); damage to reputation is done
Discussion: AccMan
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Does Skype Matter?  Calacanis: Not really; TechCrunch Riley: Yes $1B Worth
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Skype Knocked Out By The Algorithm
Discussion: Inquirer
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue
Discussion: Portfolio.com and CenterNetworks
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Reportedly Acquires Where I've Been for $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.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook application bought for $3M — land grab still in progress
Discussion: Epicenter
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
American Airlines Sues Google Over Keyword Ads  —  American Airlines v. Google, 4:07-cv-00487 (N.D. Tex. complaint filed Aug. 16, 2007) [Warning: 4.4MB file] … Well, this is interesting.  It's not unusual for a trademark owner to sue Google for keyword-triggered ads—been there, done that.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun set on server business?  —  In all the hullaballoo over Sun's agreement to support Solaris 10 on IBM hardware I have yet to read one obvious fact.  —  This is part of Sun's exit strategy from the server business.  —  (The picture of IBM's Thomas J. Watson Sr. is from the Computer History Museum.)
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PhysOrg.com:
Longtime Rivals IBM, Sun to Collaborate
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Lyrics sites out of tune with copyrights  —  news analysis How does that song go?  We've all used the Internet to search for the lyrics to songs whose tune we know but words we just can't muster.  —  Often the Web sites we end up on have misspellings, incomplete and inaccurate lyrics, not to mention annoying pop-up and flashing ads.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and FurdLog
BBC:
Compact disc hits 25th birthday  —  Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany, sparking a global music revolution.  —  More than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide since then and it remains the dominant format despite the growth in digital downloads.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Now, the Clicking Is to Watch the Ads, Not Skip Them  —  FOR generations, advertising interrupted the entertainment that Americans wanted to read, hear or watch.  Now, in a turnabout, advertising is increasingly being presented as entertainment — and surprisingly, the idea of all ads, all the time, is gaining some favor.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Darren Murph / Engadget:
The Mix Tape USB Drive remembers your roots  —  Sure, the compact disc may have just celebrated 25 years in the biz, but nothing says quasi-old school like a double-sided cassette tape.  Granted, it's a bit harder to effectively distribute mix tapes on a format rarely appreciated this day in age …
Discussion: Forever Geek
Andy Brice / Successful Software:
The software awards scam  —  I put out a new product a couple of weeks ago.  This new product has so far won 16 different awards and recommendations from software download sites.  Some of them even emailed me messages of encouragement such as "Great job, we're really impressed!".
Sourcefire Network Security:
Sourcefire Acquires ClamAV Open Source Network Anti-Virus Project  —  Acquisition Expands Company's Open Source Portfolio and Commercial  —  Open source innovator and SNORT (R) creator, Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), today announced that it has acquired ClamAV(TM), a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project.
Pandia Search Engine News:
Fast Search & Transfer lets go of 148 employees  —  CEO John Markus Lervik has a plan for how to get the search engine company Fast back on the right track.  —  According to Aftenposten/E24 the troubled search engine company Fast Search & Transfer will let go of 148 employees.
Wall Street Journal:
An Olympian Web War in China  —  Official Internet Sponsor Plays Hardball With Rivals Over Beijing Games Ads  —  HONG KONG — A war is raging among Chinese Web sites over who will reap millions of dollars in online advertising revenue inside China during the 2008 Olympics.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
NBC's Olympic Site Crucial To Coverage, Advertisers
 
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