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Skype outage caused by server overload, bug in Windows client

Now that Skype has recovered from the serious worldwide outage on December 22nd, CIO Lars Rabbe has blogged about what went wrong behind the scenes. The problem began when a group servers that handle Skype's offline instant messaging became overloaded, in turn causing some Skype clients to receive delayed responses and crash. The bug only affected users of version 5.0.0.152 on Windows --...

Study: You're more likely to lie in email

Something funny happens to people when you stick a computer in front of them. They start lying. A lot. Sure, you already knew that you can't believe everything you read on internet forums, web sites, or even Wikipedia. But researchers at Rutgers and DePaul University now have scientific proof that people are more likely to lie when communicating via email than they are when writing things down...

Google officially announces wireless spectrum participation, but are they serious?

Not that this should surprise anybody, but Google has officially announced plans to participate in the upcoming FCC wireless spectrum auction. The 700 MHz auction that is part of the transition to digital television begins January 24th, and will be part of a shift for a more efficient wireless internet service. Om Malik has pointed out that Google believes this is a winning situation for...

Google laying a multi-terabit undersea cable

An Australian telecommunications news source claims to have uncovered a secret Google plan to build a multi-terabit undersea communications cable. Google has supposedly met with a number of carriers in Sydney over the past few months to discuss this 'Unity' cable that they want to lay across the Pacific Ocean, and tie into existing cables in Guam and Hawaii. Google had originally hinted at this...

Microsoft to buy Parlano for seamless communication experiences

The team in Redmond Washington has just announced that they will be acquiring Chicago based Parlano, developers of a cross functional group communication technology, that goes beyond your typical IM and email toolsets. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but Microsoft is planning to integrate Parlano's technology in order to give its office programs a broader vision. For example,...

101 free applications, 2007 edition

Once again PC World publishes an article that is packed with tons of great freebies found all across the internet. We covered it last year, and the gang is back at it. From System Utilities, Communications, File Sharing, File Management, Productivity, Music, Photos, and Video its all here. The 101 freebie list also includes a great People's Choice winners list that is an awesome place to check...

AIM Light, even better

This morning I saw this over at Weblogs, inc. CEO Jason Calacanis's blog: AIM Light Edition has no extra frills, is bell-less and whistle-less, and has a tiny footprint (under 4K at idle, and at about 6K while in use). I am a huge fan of simple, stripped-down versions of my favorite software like this. I don't need all the extras, the backgrounds, the fun stuff. I just need to communicate with...