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4:50 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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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
eBay says Skype was not attacked  —  (InfoWorld) - Skype has not been attacked, eBay said Friday, dispelling rumors that Russian hackers took down its popular online telephony service.  —  For more than a day now, millions of Skype users have been knocked offline by a major service outage that has crippled the service.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Update: TripAdvisor denies Facebook Platform app acquisition  —  Ouch, here's a zinger: contrary to reports, travel site TripAdvisor apparently did not purchase the Facebook Platform application Where I've Been for $3 million.  The news was originally reported on Inside Facebook on Thursday night.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Biggest Facebook App Acquisition Yet: TripAdvisor Reportedly Acquires …
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
TripAdvisor Spokesman: Acquisition Rumors Are Untrue
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb News
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
YouTube Replace Searches for Funny Videos  —  We are working on some analysis for a report on how consumer search behaviour has changed over the past couple of years and I wanted to share a fun bit of data that we found.  Analysis of search term content, or the words that consumers use …
Discussion: muhammad.saleem and Contentinople
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"  —  Remember all the hubbub about using Google's name to describe searches on other engines?  New data suggests that "YouTube" has become synonymous with "funny videos," and I don't expect Mountain View to make as much of a fuss over this custom.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA faces possible class action over suing the innocent  —  The scene at RIAA headquarters this week must have been fascinating.  The group yesterday announced that it has finished sending out a new batch of 503 "pre-litigation letters" to 58 different universities around the US …
Discussion: The Register, p2pnet and digg
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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.
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV open-source anti-malware project  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - Network security specialist Sourcefire announced Friday that it has acquired ClamAV, an open-source gateway anti-malware project whose technologies are used in the products of a number of other vendors.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Second class-action suit filed over alleged iPhone battery fraud  —  A Bay Area resident is the next to join the ranks of those filing lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, arguing that both companies have tricked customers into paying for frequent battery replacements.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone battery lawsuit x2: west coast style
Discussion: Computerworld
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Takes a Step Back With iMovie '08  —  Last week, Apple released a new version of its iLife suite—its $80 package containing iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and GarageBand.  The suite also comes preinstalled on every new Mac.  —  The enhancements in iPhone, iWeb and GarageBand are great.
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.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Happy 25th Birthday, Compact Disc
Discussion: Christopher Null
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 and Beet.TV
Michael Calore / Compiler:
First Look: Roxio Popcorn 3 Adds iPhone Support, TivoToGo  —  Later this month, Roxio is releasing an upgrade to Popcorn, its popular desktop DVD burning and video conversion client for the Mac.  Popcorn 3 features support for the iPhone and Apple TV, better video quality settings and TiVoToGo functionality …
Valleywag:
Exclusive: Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking  —  Local TV reporters are infamous for practicing "ambush" journalism — but as they try to take their gotcha practices to the Web, increasingly they're the ones ambushed.  The first rule of hacking, after all, is "Don't get caught."
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Fark.com
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING ISN'T DEAD, IT'S JUST A SUBSET OF SOMETHING MUCH LARGER AND MORE IMPORTANT  —  It seems that my last post, "Why We're All Blogging Less", got a lot of pickup in the blogosphere.  Some people inferred that I was down on blogging, or that I thought blogging was dead, or even that I was quitting blogging altogether.
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Apple: RBC Sees Strong Back-To-School Mac Sales; Finds "Sustained iPhone Momentum"  —  Pounding the table on Apple (AAPL) this morning, RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky reports that there are indications of "increased Mac momentum" in the back-to-school quarter.  He says RBC's "technology adoption panel" …
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
 
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Symantec wants you to look silly
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Liberties Advocates Fear Abuse of Satellite Images
Smashing Magazine:
404 Error Pages: Reloaded
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Home Server, officially available August 27
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Happens to GOOG/YHOO, etc. In Recessions?
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Pirated Simpsons Movie Traced To Australia
Discussion: Ars Technica
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fast Search Laying Off 148 Employees; Does Restructuring
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Jazzmutant's multitouch tablet works with a stylus as well
Sony:
SONY ESTABLISHES FIRST NATIONWIDE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM …
Discussion: Digital Trends, Gearlog and Gizmodo
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Catch me at Search Engine Strategies San Jose
Darren Murph / Engadget:
The Mix Tape USB Drive remembers your roots
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun set on server business?
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Lyrics sites out of tune with copyrights
Discussion: HipMojo.com and FurdLog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SF Chronicle's Stages Of Google Grief Lead To Suggestion For Google …
Andy Brice / Successful Software:
The software awards scam
 

 
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