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8:30 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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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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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook application bought for $3M — land grab still in progress  —  Where I've Been, an application built by an independent developer using Facebook's developer platform, has been bought for $3 million by TripAdvisor, according to Facebook-focused blog InsideFacebook.
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.
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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
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Heartbeat
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
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Discussion: A VC and Take2
alarm:clock:
Technorati's CEO Out. Startup Turned Over To The Mob
Discussion: Mark Evans
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
Goals lead to Dell cooking the books  —  Though Dell has finished an internal investigation into its accounting practices, there are still plenty of questions about the company, which not long ago could do no wrong in the minds of investors and customers.  —  What we know now …
Discussion: Business Week
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell Confesses It Was Cooking The Books
Discussion: Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Dell restates financials; Says books were cooked
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechStars Demo Day - Class of 2007  —  Y Combinator wasn't the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today.  Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage - ten of them - to give the audience a first look at what they've been up to all summer.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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!".
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.
Discussion: The New View …
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.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Broadband Goes Slo-Mo
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PC World:
Google Increases Stake in China
Charles / Channel 9:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Kids sued by RIAA seek to rope Sharman, AOL into P2P lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
EA backtracking on claims of simultaneous Mac game releases
PC World:
Sony Claims PS3 Failure Rate of Less Than 1 Percent
Discussion: Neowin.net and GamePro.com
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Gateway Enters Chinese Market with Notebook and Desktop PCs
 Earlier Items: 
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
ABA launches free legal advice site for small online businesses
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple designing 'collapsible connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems
PodTech.net:
PodTech and 1938 Media agree to end relationship
Discussion: 901am
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP firing on all cylinders
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
SCO to partners, customers: It's business as usual
Discussion: The Register
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iWork Package Is Elegant but Wimpy Compared With Office
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Google still growing on Eastside; 3 buildings leased in Kirkland
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Knowledge Networks pays $300,000 to settle internal copyright complaint