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8:15 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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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web Blog:
Google, Gmail experiencing downtime around the world (updated - back online) … *Update: Gmail/Google Apps Email is currently down, more details at the foot of this post*  —  Several users are complaining on Twitter that Google, Gmail and Doubleclick (owned by Google) are down.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Sale Nears: Why eBay Shareholders Should Be Mad
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
SEC Watch: Andresseen's Fund Will Own Less Than 5 Percent Of Skype
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Deliver New Generation of Windows Phones on Oct. 6  —  Leading mobile operators and phone manufacturers worldwide prepare to introduce an array of sleek new Windows phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows® phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009.
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Steve Jobs will host next week's Apple special event  —  Steve Jobs, Oct. 2008.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  Apple hasn't confirmed it — and not every analyst agrees — but Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seems pretty certain that Steve Jobs himself will introduce a new line of iPods next week.
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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple's Event Next Week: Maybe An AppleTV Update Too?
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 …
Discussion: internetnews.com
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Joe / joestump.net:
Pass the lubricant as we're getting f**ked by Apple too
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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
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
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE tumbles, Firefox regains market share mojo  —  IE6 numbers take a nose dive; Firefox reaps nearly all the benefit  —  Computerworld - Last month, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer posted its largest market share loss since November 2008, while Firefox reaped nearly all the benefit, Web metrics company Net Applications said today.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Palm's location-based advertising patent likely sheds light on background location reporting in webOS  —  Remember last month when a developer revealed some hidden functionality in webOS that periodically reports a user's location back to Palm?  Well as it turns out, the reasoning behind …
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.”
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 …
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: internetnews.com and PC World
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 …
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: CNET News
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Napster: Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for Our Awesome New iPhone App  —  Best Buy's Napster wants you to know that you can now buy music “over the air” and beam it directly to your phone.  Yawn.  —  What about the company's awesome new iPhone app, the one that will let you stream music directly to your handset?
Discussion: mocoNews, jkOnTheRun, IntoMobile and Gizmodo
Brad / Liliputing:
Rumor: Lenovo, Acer to launch NVIDIA Tegra devices running Google Chrome OS  —  Someone pass the salt, please, because all we've got to go on here is the word of a web site called Shanzhai — which generally covers news of cheap Chinese knockoffs of netbooks and other computers.
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 …
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
 
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
DivX Gets on More Devices With AnySource Acquisition
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Intel start acting like Wintel on Windows 7 launch
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IBM to Invest in Developing Markets, New Acquisitions Head Mendoza Says
Copycense:
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Firefox add-on spies on Google usage, search results
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