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2:40 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.
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.
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The latest on the Skype sign-on issue
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix (updated)
Discussion: Conversation Agent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype is back (for some); damage to reputation is done
Discussion: CNET News.com and AccMan
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains
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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Adario Strange / Epicenter:   TripAdvisor Spokesman: Acquisition Rumors Are Untrue
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Update: TripAdvisor denies Facebook Platform app acquisition
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
American Airlines Sues Google for Trademark Infringement
Discussion: Computerworld
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fast Search Laying Off 148 Employees; Does Restructuring  —  Enterprise and media (including mobile) search firm Fast Search & Transfer (based in Norway) is laying off about 148 employees after an internal restructuring.  Its Q2 saw a net loss of $26 million - down from net income of $2.7 million …
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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.
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Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV open-source anti-malware project
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.
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
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 …
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.
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: Crave, Gearlog and Forever Geek
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
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Jazzmutant's multitouch tablet works with a stylus as well  —  The Jazzmutant folks have been doing multitouch since way before it was in vogue, with patents reaching back to 2004 and some nifty tech to back it up.  They spend most of their time on the Lemur and Dexter media control surfaces …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
 
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