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10:55 AM ET, August 17, 2007

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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.
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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.
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: BeyondVC, Switched and Inquirer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype is back (for some); damage to reputation is done  —  Skype apparently is back online now for some-test calls seem to work without issue.  Unfortunately the damage to Skype's reputation is done.  —  Whether Skype's outage was due to an exploit or an algorithm doesn't really matter.
Discussion: AccMan
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains  —  It has been a day from hell for Skype fans and Skype, the company.  The outages have impacted many.  Skype's misfortune turned out to be a boon for SIPphone.  —  The company saw a 400% increase in traffic this morning, with 4 times increase in sales …
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Skype Knocked Out By The Algorithm  —  VoIP company Skype experienced a massive outage due to a problem the company blamed on a deficient network software algorithm. … Signing in to Skype has been impossible over the past day, leaving tens of millions of Skype users without access to the service.
Discussion: Inquirer
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Does Skype Matter?  Calacanis: Not really; TechCrunch Riley: Yes $1B Worth
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue
Discussion: 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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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
David Dalka:
Death of Blog Search Part 2 - Sifry Leaves Technorati  —  Techcrunch, Alarm clock and even Jason Calcanis weighed in on David Sifry's departure.  Jason extrapolated into some things that I don't agree with completely, except with his suggestion that Web 2.0 companies try to make a profit, but I'll leave that alone for now.
Discussion: BlogStorm
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
A Change in Seasons  —  If there's one thing I've learned during …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Did I just hear a pop? (or a mini pop?)
Discussion: Take2 and A VC
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA named in first class action  —  RIAA News:- In cases which should by rights have been initiated by the Bush government on behalf of innocent families across America, falsely attacked by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG, RIAA victims Tanya Andersen and Michelle Santangelo …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Kids sued by RIAA seek to rope Sharman, AOL into P2P lawsuit
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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.
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.
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.
 
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