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4:20 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.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Major Skype outage in progress: "12-24 hours" for a fix (updated)
Discussion: Computerworld
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 Where I've Been for $3 Million (Updated)  —  Update: TripAdvisor's Brian Payea has responded: "This is untrue.  Beyond that, we do not have any comment."  Payea would not specifically comment on whether acquisition …
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
TripAdvisor Spokesman: Acquisition Rumors Are Untrue
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb News
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.
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
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA faces possible class action over suing the innocent
Discussion: p2pnet and digg
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
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.
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: Contentinople
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
It's Official: "Funny Videos" = "YouTube"
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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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.
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.
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 …
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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