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11:00 PM ET, September 1, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
Today's Gmail problems  —  Update (2:37 pm): We've fixed the issue, and Gmail should be back up and running as usual.  We're still investigating the root cause of this outage, and we'll share more information soon.  Thanks for bearing with us.  —  We know many of you are having trouble …
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Gmail Blog:
More on today's Gmail issue  —  Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar  —  Gmail's web interface had a widespread outage earlier today, lasting about 100 minutes.  We know how many people rely on Gmail for personal and professional communications …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
In Gmail Outage, ‘Gone Google’ Hashtag Gets Co-opted  —  As part of its new campaign to promote Google Apps Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has been encouraging users to Tweet on the benefits of ‘going Google’ under the hashtag ‘Gone Google.’ But with Gmail officially down the hashtag has taken on a new meaning …
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing Communications Business at $2.75 Billion  —  eBay to Receive Approximately $1.9 Billion in Cash; Retain Approximately 35 Percent Stake  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) …
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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
A new chapter  —  Today, Skype begins a new chapter.  We're spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again.  This is very exciting news for all of us here at Skype, and I want to give all of you a brief overview of what's happening.  —  A small group of venture capital funds …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
SEC Watch: Andresseen's Fund Will Own Less Than 5 Percent Of Skype
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Google Enterprise Blog:
Waving hello to Google Apps  —  Google Wave has been generating lots of interest among Google Apps users since we unveiled it in May at Google I/O, our annual developer conference.  Today we're pleased to announce that we'll be opening up access to Google Wave for some schools and businesses as part of the preview this fall.
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Stephanie Ferguson / The Windows Blog:
Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!  —  In just five weeks, you'll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from.  But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we're trying to make phones even better with Windows.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Developers, Be Warned: Apple Has Apparently Trademarked Those Glossy Chat Bubbles  —  Last night, we wrote about another developer thoroughly bashing the app store for its inane approval policies.  This time it was well known developer Joe Stump, who had an important bug-fix …
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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple's Event Next Week: Maybe An AppleTV Update Too?  —  PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster in research note issued about an hour ago, raises what he describes as a wildcard possibility around Apple's Sept. 9 event: That it may include an update or refresh to AppleTV.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Steve Jobs will host next week's Apple special event
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Evidence That Snow Leopard Is a Touchscreen Operating System  —  The more I play with Snow Leopard, the more it looks like it's designed to run Apple's upcoming tablet.  —  Look at Expose in the Dock — the new feature that reveals all an application's open windows when you click and hold the application's icon.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and GottaBeMobile.com
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Introduces CLEAR(TM) 4G WiMAX Internet Service in 10 New Markets  —  Super Fast Mobile Internet Service is Available Today in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and Eight Texas Markets, Including Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Intel start acting like Wintel on Windows 7 launch  —  Microsoft and Intel have been collaborating for decades, but for the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, they say that they have collaborated more closely than ever before.  The result is improvements …
Discussion: eWeek, internetnews.com and jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant: Advertisers Pay To Drive Traffic From One Place On Facebook To Another Place On Facebook  —  So I was reading this Comscore report about the massive number of ads that are being served on social networks.  8.2% of all display ads on the Internet today in the U.S. are being served on Facebook.
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comScore, Inc.:
Social Networking Sites Account for More than 20 Percent of All …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS to Feature Single Sign-On for Chrome Browser  —  ...but What About the Other Web Browsers?  —  We don't know much about the upcoming OS from Google, Chrome OS, so most of the news we read about it involves speculation or, sometimes, rather terrible attempts at faking some supposedly official screenshots.
Babak A. Parviz / IEEE Spectrum Online:
Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens  —  A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight  —  The human eye is a perceptual powerhouse.  It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Thread.com Raises $1.2 Million For Facebook-Powered Matchmaking Service  —  If you've ever tried an online dating site like Match.com, there's a good chance that you found your first few interactions with other members to be unnatural — from the awkward initial messages to the fact …
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
‘MLB.com At Bat’ Now Offering In-App Game Purchasing  —  The MLB.com At Bat 2009 app has received an update today that offers in-app purchases of live out-of-market games for $.99, as well as customizable notifications to alert users before a game starts.  —  MLB.com's press release highlights …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Vonage App Approved For iPhone  —  Internet phone service Vonage (VG) has gone through the trouble of sending out a press release to announce that Apple has approved its iPhone app.  But you can't download it, because the company is “currently conducting a beta test and general availability will be announced at a later date.”
Phone Arena:
HTC Desire 6200 to be a new Google-powered device for Verizon?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  We just received a new screenshot of a Verizon computer and guess what - it looks like there is a new Google-powered HTC device on its way!  It is dubbed the HTC Desire 6200 …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
WalMart's New Site Is Worse News For eBay Than Amazon  —  When Walmart (WMT) announced yesterday that it was opening up its Walmart.com site to third-party retailers, most eyes turned to Amazon (AMZN), since its marketplace appeared to be the most exposed to the new competitor.
Discussion: PC World and internetnews.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft delivers test build of Windows 7-based ‘Quebec’ Embedded OS  —  Microsoft made available for download on September 1 a public test build of the embedded version of its Windows 7 platform — known officially as Windows Embedded Standard 2011 and codenamed “Quebec.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Take Another Step Into The Location Game Tomorrow With Nokia  —  There are no shortage of whispers out there right now as to what Facebook's plans for location are.  With rival Twitter having recently announced its geolocation API, the pressure is on the larger network to deliver something.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
David Kaplan / paidContent:
The News is NowPublic: Cit-J Site Sold To Anschutz's Examiner.com; Price Around $25 Million  —  You're reading it here first: After several months of trying to get the deal done, Citizen-J site NowPublic is about to be sold to a non-traditional buyer: local news network Examiner.com …
Discussion: New York Times and CNET News
Taylor Wimberly / CNET News:
A sneak peek at the new Android Market  —  We're receiving more tips as we approach the Motorola Android event on September 10.  An Android Atlas reader with access to the Motorola Sholes sent in pictures that show off the new look for Android Market.  The tip is unconfirmed …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Microblogging Platform Yahoo Meme In English  —  A few weeks ago , we reported that Yahoo quietly launched its microblogging product Yahoo Meme, in Spanish.  Yahoo had previously launched a Portuguese language micro-blogging product, Yahoo Meme, that drew similarities to Twitter and Tumblr.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:daniel_levine
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
DivX Gets on More Devices With AnySource Acquisition  —  In a move that could help it distribute video to even more consumer electronics devices, video encoding technology provider DivX Inc. has announced plans to purchase online video distribution firm AnySource Media LLC.
Discussion: paidContent, HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
 
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Current Zunes are discontinued; Zune HD is it going forward
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Major wireless companies want old cell phone tax abolished
Discussion: eWeek
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Sony to throw its weight behind 3D TV
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IBM to Invest in Developing Markets, New Acquisitions Head Mendoza Says
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The Internet and Civic Engagement
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Firefox add-on spies on Google usage, search results
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Khosla Ventures Announces New Funds, Partners
Discussion: CNET News and New York Times