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4:15 AM ET, September 2, 2009

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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 …
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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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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
EBay's Skype Sale Looks Like a Win-Win
Discussion: Tech Beat
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
SEC Watch: Andresseen's Fund Will Own Less Than 5 Percent Of Skype
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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.
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 and MobileContentToday
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 …
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 …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Launches Lightweight Contact Manager For Small Businesses  —  One of the advantages of using a CRM is the ability to easily manage and organize contacts to maximize leads.  Salesforce.com and the many other companies that offer CRMs have well-established contact management systems within …
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat and CRM FYI
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
NFL bans tweeting before, during, after games  —  The National Football League has had a love-hate relationship with social media.  —  Some teams tweeted to fans while choosing players at the NFL draft back in April.  But then last month, a few NFL teams told players they couldn't tweet or text-message during a team function.
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.
Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Current Zunes are discontinued; Zune HD is it going forward  —  I met with the Zune folks today and one bit of information than I can discuss immediately is that the Zune HD will be the only device type going forward: The current Zune models, the Zune 8, 16 80, and 120, have all been discontinued.
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.”
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.
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 …
Pew Internet:
The Internet and Civic Engagement  —  Whether they take place on the internet or off, traditional political activities remain the domain of those with high levels of income and education.  —  Contrary to the hopes of some advocates, the internet is not changing the socio-economic character of civic engagement in America.
Discussion: Ars Technica and ReadWriteWeb
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Sony to throw its weight behind 3D TV  —  3D technology looks set to hit the home consumer market next year, with Sony on Wednesday announcing plans to sell 3D televisions globally by the end of 2010.  —  Sony's decision to throw its weight behind the technology will be an important boost …
Discussion: Engadget and Sony Insider
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Exclusive First Look at IM+ 3.4 with Speech Recognition for iPhone  —  SHAPE Services has submitted version 3.4 of their popular IM client to Apple's App Store for approval.  This new version brings in Speech Recognition feature for instant messaging and tweets (first program on the iPhone to do so) …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
UK Parliament website hack exposes shoddy passwords  —  Lights on, no one home  —  A vulnerability in the website of the UK Parliament appears to be exposing confidential information, including unencrypted login credentials, a Romanian hacker wrote on his blog.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Yet Another Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone: Codename Essex is Next Revision of Niagara (Tour)?!  —  Word of the BlackBerry codenamed “essex” has been making its way around the interwebs for the past 24 hours, starting off in our very own CrackBerry forums.  The codename name isn't actually new …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Major wireless companies want old cell phone tax abolished  —  Last June, the IRS began to investigate the 20-year old tax law that treats work-issued mobile phones as a fringe benefit that is subject to income tax.  IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman called the law “Obsolete...burdensome …
Discussion: eWeek
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.
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Germany: Google book deal violates copyright law
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Firefox add-on spies on Google usage, search results
Discussion: The Register and threatpost
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Take Another Step Into The Location Game Tomorrow With Nokia
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Seeking Alpha