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5:40 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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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.
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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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 …
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.
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 and ZDNet
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.
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: Beet.TV
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Advertising As Content Sites Proliferate, But Viewers Might Skip Altogether
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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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.
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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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
TripAdvisor Spokesman: Acquisition Rumors Are Untrue
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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."
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
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.
 
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