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12:15 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.
Discussion: BeyondVC, Inquirer and Switched
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype is back (for some); damage to reputation is done
Discussion: AccMan
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Skype Knocked Out By The Algorithm
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: 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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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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SF Chronicle's Stages Of Google Grief Lead To Suggestion For Google To Just Buy Newspapers  —  First off, before someone brings it up in the comments, I'll point out that the following post refers to the views of various columnists at the SF Chronicle, rather than any sort of discussion among …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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.
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!".
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
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
 
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