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6:05 PM ET, August 14, 2008

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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Netflix Goes Dark And Finds It's No Place To Be  —  It started this morning with an email apology from online movie rental powerhouse Netflix, confirming to its 8.4 million users that the company was suffering a shipping and distribution outage.  —  I called the company this morning …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Netflix users suffering service's longest outage ever
Discussion: Associated Press and Webomatica
MSDN Blogs:
Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7  —  Welcome to Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short.  E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sinofsky to dish on Windows 7?  Wishful thinking  —  My ZDNet blogging colleague Ed Bott's headline took me aback when I read it today.  —  “Sinofsky dishes on Windows 7.”  —  What?!!  Had hell really frozen over while I was at lunch?  —  I bet that Bott's headline amused Steven Sinofsky …
Discussion: LiveSide
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What May Be Behind the iPhone 3G Glitches  —  Dropped calls and choppy Web surfing on Apple's latest smartphone may stem from an Infineon chip.  A fix is on the way  —  Complaints over dropped calls and choppy Web connections on Apple's iPhone 3G have sparked a wave of debate in the blogosphere over the root cause of the problems.
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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G  —  As we reported last night, two reliable sources say Apple will issue a software fix that will address the widespread complaints regarding lost calls and inconsistent 3G access with the iPhone 3G.  The problem (and it is a real issue …
Discussion: InformationWeek Weblog and Crave
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ben Ling Lands (Back) at Google-This Time, at YouTube  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Ben Ling-the high-profile Facebook platform exec who came from Google less than a year ago and then up and left the social-networking site earlier this week-is about to head back to Google …
Discussion: CNET News.com and VentureBeat
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google  —  Where's Ben Ling headed next?  We hear he might be headed back to Google — not a startup.  Ling, a talented product manager, is closely watched as a talent barometer.  His defection from Google to Facebook last year kicked off a series of trend stories about people leaving Google.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Heinen settles with SEC over Apple option backdating complaint  —  In doing so, Heinen neither admitted or denied the Commission's allegations.  —  According to the complaint, “Heinen caused Apple to fraudulently backdate two large options grants to senior executives of Apple …
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Karey Wutkowski / Reuters:
Ex-Apple general counsel settles backdating case
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Former Apple lawyer settles options case with SEC
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Facebook faces class-action suit over Beacon  —  A class-action suit filed in California charges Facebook and a handful of other companies, including Blockbuster, Fandango and Overstock, with violating online privacy and computer fraud laws related to Facebook's controversial Beacon system.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Facebook Gets Slapped With Another Lawsuit Over Beacon, Wishes It Could Opt Out
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Indie Game Developer Finds Success On Xbox 360 — Est.  $825K Sales In First Week  —  Console game developers — people who make games for the Xbox, PlayStation, etc. — have mostly been big companies — EA, Activision, etc. — because of the high cost of game development and retail distribution.
Discussion: p2pnet, Braid, Gearlog, Gizmodo and Destructoid
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
A closer look at the technology behind the Microsoft Sphere  —  Back in March when we first got a whiff of the Microsoft Sphere, we were intrigued that the software giant had managed to take the technology used in the Microsoft Surface, and put it to use in a sphere.
Discussion: Engadget
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951  —  RIAA News:- Another huge hole has appeared in Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG's s(t)inking ship, the SS Sue 'Em All.  —  And it's well below the water-line.  —  Nor is the rapidly foundering merchant vessel MediaSentry looking too good.
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Sources: HTC's Google Android phone is “weeks away” from launching  —  Over the past few days, we've gotten multiple confirmations from reliable sources that the first phone built on Google's Android platform will launch in the next several weeks.  It will be an HTC phone, likely the HTC Dream …
Markus Jakobsson / Markus Jakobsson's blog:
What is worse than reusing passwords?  —  9 I like it!  —  Do you use the same password all over the place?  Yes, you probably do - whether you know it or not.  —  The fact is, while some people still casually use the same password for many sites, almost all of us reuse what we may think of as …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T Mulls Watching You Surf  —  AT&T is “carefully considering” monitoring the Web-surfing activities of customers who use its Internet service, the company said in a letter in response to an inquiry from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  —  While the company said it hadn't tested …
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
MBTA published checksum info in court filings  —  Something most troubling in the email exchange between Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Jennifer Granick and MBTA attorney Leuan Mahony, posted by News.com.  The essence is that MBTA itself included the MIT students' confidential report …
Discussion: CNET News.com and InformationWeek
 
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
GM Provides Teaser Shots of Production Volt, 33K People Express Intent …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offically blocks access to BGR, game on!
Michael Copeland / Fortune:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.5 bug fix list grows with build 9F13 seed
Discussion: TUAW
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Ruling Is a Victory for Supporters of Free Software