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10:15 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Netflix may lose $1.8M to $3.6M in revenue per day over outage  —  Update: Netflix has been facing shipping delays and outages in its distribution centers for the last two days and has been fumbling to find a fix.  The company said Thursday that it is hoping to bring its systems online overnight.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Netflix users suffering service's longest outage ever  —  Netflix, and its customers, are currently experiencing the worst system failure in the DVD shipper's history.  The company shipped no discs on Tuesday, only “a few” yesterday, and so far none today.  Affected customers are receiving e-mails telling them their discs are delayed.
Discussion: Reuters and Webomatica
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Thursday Morning Shipping Update  —  Hi, it's Andy again.  Unfortunately, we continue to experience significant shipping issues as of Thursday morning.  We were able to ship some DVDs from about half of our distribution centers yesterday but we haven't yet been able to resume shipping this morning.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix and WebProNews
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
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 …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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.
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.
Yahoo!:
Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple Appointed to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple were appointed to Yahoo!'s board of directors.  —  “We are pleased to add people …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Appoints 2 Icahn Allies to Its Board
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
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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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Google Black Hole  —  SERGEY AND LARRY JUST BOUGHT MY COMPANY.  UH OH.  —  Late last month, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch reported that Google was in the final stages of negotiations to purchase Digg, the popular user-vote-counting news site.  A few days later, Arrington …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Next Social Networks Will Be Powered By WordPress and Movable Type  —  Platforms like WordPress and Movable Type democratized the process of self-publishing.  With these tools, everyone could be a publisher and it didn't require advanced technical expertise to do so.
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.
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 …
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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