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12:00 PM ET, August 20, 2007

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Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
What happened on August 16  —  On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption.  The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted …
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John Leyden / The Register:
Patch Tuesday update triggered Skype outage  —  Mass reboot exposes VoIP network stability bug  —  Skype has blamed last week's prolonged outage on the effects of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  —  The latest security update from Microsoft required a system reboot.
Discussion: SMS Text News
BBC:
Skype issues apology for 'outage'  —  Net phone firm Skype says its service is up and running again after three days of "unprecedented" disruption.  —  The problems with the service began on 16 August and stopped millions of people logging in and making calls.
ZDNet:
Skype outage bug fixed
Discussion: Profy.Com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype's outage: Lessons learned
Discussion: Skype Journal
PC Pro:   Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Windows Users Caused Skype Outage
Reuters:
Google reveals stake in Chinese social Web Tianya  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site Tianya.cn, indicating a foray by the global search leader into social networking in the world's second-largest Internet market.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google-powered Questions & Answers for China  —  Wenda (wen da meaning "ask and answer" in Chinese) is a new question & answers site in China... powered by Google, in cooperation with Tianya.cn, a popular net forum in China, as Googlfied reports.  It's re-using the same framework …
iProspect:
iProspect Offline Channel Influence on Online Search Behavior Study  —  Background  —  In June 2007, iProspect partnered with JupiterResearch to develop and field a survey to U.S. search engine users (heretofore referred to as "online search users") to gain a better understanding of how exposure …
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Paul Bennett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   67 Percent of Searchers Driven by Offline Channels
Dan Farber / ZDNet:
Workday unveils Financials and Work Tags  —  Since Workday publicly appeared on the scene in January 2006, it has been self-described as a "revolutionary application platform and the next generation of business applications to drive your enterprise's performance," with applications that will be …
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Nick / Rough Type:
The end of ERP?  —  As the founder and leader of PeopleSoft …
Discussion: Market Wire
Canon USA:
WHO'S ZOOMING WHO - CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW ULTRA-ZOOM LINE IN ITS EVER-POPULAR POWERSHOT FAMILY OF COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS  —  PowerShot SX100 IS Offers All the Zooming Power Consumers Could Ever Want  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced a brand new PowerShot line - the SX series …
Discussion: Engadget, Digital Trends and Gizmodo
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Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A.'S NEW POWERSHOT G9 CAMERA COMBINES CREATIVE CONTROL …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Jbrjake / HandBrake:
HandBrake 0.9.0 Released!  —  "But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"  —  We're proud to announce the public release of HandBrake 0.9.0.  —  Download it now.
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Charles Jade / Ars Technica:   HandBrake v0.9.0 for Mac OS X
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Steve Balmer Actually Gets A Word In With Charlie Rose  —  I'm sitting in the audience watching Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer chat with Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the Mandarin Hotel in midtown Manhattan, hosted by Charlie Rose.  Tech discussions these days …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Steve Rubel / AdAge:
Three Strategies for Thriving on the Decentralized Web  —  As Long-form Content Becomes Bite-Size, Make Everything on Your Site Eembeddable  —  The Long Tail of content and increasing demands for our attention have created a perfect storm where traffic to brand sites may soon shrink.
Discussion: CostPerNews
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Adobe Media Player Launch Delayed Until Next Year  —  The introduction of the much anticipated Adobe Media Player (AMP), the desktop application that allows users to download and save Flash files, will launch in Beta this year but won't have a full introduction until next year.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
John Markoff / New York Times:
Hewlett Introduces a Web Feature to Make Document Printing Mobile  —  Hoping to alleviate a frustration of mobile computing, Hewlett-Packard has quietly introduced a free service designed to make it possible to print documents on any printer almost anywhere in the world.
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Gmail driving Google Apps adoption at college  —  Google's plan for world domination includes convincing colleges and universities to adopt its Google Apps Education Edition suite, and it's showing signs of success thanks to the seemingly ubiquitous appreciation of Gmail.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and digg
Macenstein:
Trip down memory lane: Woz the car salesman  —  "It... is... AWESOME".  - Steve Wozniak  —  Long before he dreamed of dating Kathy Griffin, Steve Wozniak was bitten by the show-biz bug and agreed to appear in the 2nd best Datsun 280Z commercial ever.  —  For those of you wondering, below is the best Datsun 280Z commercial ever.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
 
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Elle Cayabyab Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server released into the wild
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Pass the Popcorn. But Where's the Movie?
Discussion: mediabistro.com and Beet.TV
Liz Henry / Composite:
Organizing BarCampBlock  —  Here's a few notes on my experience …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Did Apple Air Two New iPhone Ads Last Week?
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Apple Bootcamp gets better
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Phone Number For Life? Not Quite
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Carl Malamud Takes on WestLaw
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices in Europe
Discussion: Neowin.net
iTNews Australia:
The Red Shift Theory
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Identity attack spreads; 1.6M records stolen from Monster.com
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Waiting for Zuckerberg
Discussion: andrewmager.com
John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft deal may lead to free but "watermarked" music
Discussion: George Ou
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Building B Builds A God Box For Internet Video
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth for AOL Called Vital to a Remake
Efytimes:
LinusTorvalds: I Have Never Really Talked To Microsoft!