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9:25 PM ET, August 25, 2007

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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows Genuine Advantage suffers worldwide outage, problems galore (updated)  —  Late last night we started receiving reports from readers experiencing problems with Windows Genuine Advantage authentication.  Users of both Windows XP and Windows Vista were writing to say that they could not validate …
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Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
Validation Issue Fix  —  We've been receiving reports on our forum and through customer service starting last night that Windows Vista validations have been failing on genuine systems.  It looks now as though the issue has been resolved and validations are being processed successfully.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive Microsoft WGA meltdown fingers legit Vista and XP owners as pirates  —  19-hour outage over, but users must revalidate to get back disabled features, says Redmond  —  Microsoft Corp. has blamed an unspecified server problem for a 19-hour stretch during which paying users of Windows XP …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Microsoft WGA servers down; XP and Vista installs marked as counterfeit - UPDATED  —  UPDATE, 2:10pm PST: Looks like MSFT has fixed the immediate problem with WGA, for now: Link.  But the product is still, as they say, defective by design.  (Thanks, Marius)  —  BB reader David McBride says,
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
A First-Hand Look at a Chinese Second Life, HiPiHi  —  Zhong Guan Village, Beijing - Last year, a mysterious YouTube video purported to demo a Chinese Second Life called HiPiHi (pronounced "high-pee-high") stormed the virtual world blogosphere.  But with little English language commentary to go on …
Discussion: Raph's Website and Computerworld
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anime Distributor Has No Legal Right to Threaten BitTorrent Users  —  Last week we reported on the Singapore-based anime distributor Odex Pt. Ltd and their campaign to track, find and threaten thousands of BitTorrent users which they claim infringe their copyrights.  The demand - 'Pay us $3,500 - or else'.
Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Announces the Sansa Clip  —  SanDisk has answered back to the Creative's Zen Stone with the Sansa Clip.  Around the same size as a matchbook, the player features an OLED screen (the same one found on the Express) and flexes 15 hours of battery life.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Picture Exclusive: Palm Centro Leaked Official Shot  —  The Palm Centro has been courting much attention lately thanks to a host of blurry pictures and news of its diminutive stature.  Today we have the first (leaked) press photo shot of the device and it does not look half bad.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Saturday Morning: I'm Watching Tubecast  —  Good find over at Go2Web2 - Tubecast.tv is a new Internet video startup that, like others, is building a user interface layer on top of the online video services like YouTube, Veoh, etc.  —  For the most part the site has grabbed a lot of content …
Discussion: Go2web2
NEWS.com.au:
Student cracks $84m porn filter  —  A MELBOURNE schoolboy has cracked the Federal Government's new $84 million internet porn filter in minutes.  —  Tom Wood, 16, said it took him just over 30 minutes to bypass the Government's filter, released on Tuesday.  —  Tom, a year 10 student …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Janus Friis on Joost: adult content, charging and not paying ISPs over bandwidth  —  Joost co-founder Janus Friis has outlined future possibilities for the web TV service including charging users, introducing adult content and never going down the "slippery slope" of splitting ad revenue with ISPs.
Discussion: dslreports.com and Beet.TV
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Attack Of The Fake Bloggers  —  Whilst Fake Steve Jobs has gained the most attention in the fake personal blog scene, a number of other fake blogs have been launched this year.  Here's a quick run down of a few that might be worthy of adding to your feed reader...or maybe not.  —  The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Crack KeeLoq Code for Car Keys  —  Slashdot had a small post about this yesterday but I've spoken with one of the researchers about it so thought I'd add a little more detail.  —  A group of Israeli and Belgian researchers found a vulnerability in the algorithm that is used …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Latest Bogus Stats On Music Piracy Losses  —  from the do-we-really-need-to-go-through-this- again?  dept  —  It's getting rather tiresome to need to debunk the bogus stats that come out every few months about the impact of "piracy" on one of the various copyright industries — alternating between music, movies and software.
 
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GamingBOB.com:
BioShock Demo Installs SecuROM Service
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Internet is Dead and Boring
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: Major Apple event coming Sept. 5
Sam Diaz / Washington Post:
Consumer Innovations to Inform Web Site for Spies
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check This Guy Out  —  Bill Snitzer, one of the tech guys …
Discussion: Mark Evans and flashpoint
Google / orkut Blog:
Redesign Preview: True Blue Simplicity
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
It's the Facebook Platform's 3 Month Anniversary
Discussion: VentureBeat and ben barren