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Skype Bug Sends IMs to Contacts

There is a "rare" Skype bug on the prowl that is sending IM messages to people in your contacts list.  This only happens if you are using Skype as an instant messenger client and it seems to forward some of your messages to other people in your list.  This is a pretty big deal.  Skype says a fix is coming soon, but let's hope it's not too late for your privacy.  The Inquirer has more details.

One user complained, "Messages sent by one contact (2 lines out of a hundred or so) were sent to another contact of mine. These 2 contacts are not connected on Skype. The 2 IMs appeared to be sent by me, so the other contact asked me if I sent them by mistake."


Video Game Releases & More

ShackNews has posted up this "exciting" video game release list and it's a nail-biter for sure.  Well, maybe not.  Ok, not much at all, but we also have a couple of video game reviews in the news bucket to take a look at as well.  In the meantime: the list.


  • Anna (download - $9.90)
  • Cute Things Dying Violently (download - $3)
  • Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue


  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD (XBLA - $15)


  • Dyad (PSN - $15)


  • Heroes of Ruin
  • The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (eShop - $5)


  • Candle Route (DSiWare - $2)
  • Petit Computer (DSiWare - $8)


If you want to play a game that won't let you down, give Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes a go.  TweakTown has posted up a review of the PC version, and like most Lego titles, it's good.

And in other news, the Halo 4 Forward Unto Dawn Live Action trailer looks awesome.

It's All Cool

As we keep on driving through the news today we've got a small collection of cooling reviews - including some liquid cooling gear from Thermaltake.  Enjoy!

Symantec Breaks Your PC

One of the things we say on WeeklyTechUpdate is to keep your antivirus updated.  Well, that works - unless you use Symantec products.  Recently an update rendered your PC inoperable and you'll need a fix in order to fix the fix.  Basically, keep it mostly updated.  MSNBC has more.

A technology manager with a Dutch company, PSO Beheer BV, told Reuters that the bug caused some 150 PCs to fail. His firm had to close a laboratory with equipment running on Windows XP machines and also sent some workers home so they could access their network remotely.

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Patriot PBO Alpine Android 2.2 Media Player - HiTechLegion --=-- Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers - NikKTech --=-- Kworld Dark Pyramid D15u+ Speaker - eTeknix --=-- TRENDnet TPE-S44 8-Port 10/100Mbps PoE Switch - NikKTech --=-- iTablet BK01 Bluetooth Thumb Keyboard - C.O.D. --=-- Airlive OD-2025HD 2MP Outdoor IP Camera - NikKTech --=-- Gigabyte SkyVision WS100 WHDI Caster - eTeknix

Groupon Stock Keeps Dropping

Groupon, the company that is famous for getting their customers deals, is now giving their stock holders a great deal thanks to their stock hitting the lowest point ever. Groupon hit a high of $31.14 on their IPO day but has continued to drop ever since, hitting a all time low of $7.72 this week which undoubtedly isn't making investors very happy. Groupon is still doing well and isn't in any danger of collapsing or anything, its just not worth as much as investors originally though. More on this story over at the Chicago Sun Times.

Concerns also developed about the Chicago-based company’s vulnerability to economic trouble in Europe.

Groupon shares lost 54 cents, or 6.5 percent, to close at $7.77 after earlier hitting an all-time low of $7.72. It went public in November priced at $20 a share.

Wednesday’s closing price leaves Groupon with a market value of just over $5 billion.

In 2010, founders Andrew Mason, Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky turned down a reported $6 billion buyout offer from Google Inc.

Amazon wants same-day delivery

Amazon has quickly become the largest online retailer and it appears like they aren't happy with that and want to keep expanding their business. According to a new artilce over at Slate, Amazon is now pushing to start "same-day delivery" by building warehouses in major cities in order to get your online orders to you even faster. Now that Amazon is required to pay sales taxes in a bunch of states (in the past they avoided sales taxes by having their warehouses in select states that didn't require them to collect sales taxes when shipping to other states), Amazon has decided to take advantage of the fact that they can now build warehouses wherever they want. This really can't be a good thing for big retailers with big stores as now online shoppers can get their products even faster than before from Amazon.

Amazon has long enjoyed an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals. When I buy a $1,000 laptop from Wal-Mart, the company is required to collect local sales tax from me, so I pay almost $1,100 at checkout. In most states, Amazon is exempt from that rule. According to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, only firms with a physical presence in a state are required to collect taxes from residents. Technically, when I buy a $1,000 laptop from Amazon, I’m supposed to pay a $100 “use tax” when I file my annual return with my home state of California. But nobody does that. For most people, then, most items at Amazon are significantly cheaper than the same, identically priced items at other stores

Digg.com is Sold

Remember back in 2008 when Google offered to buy Digg.com for $200 Million dollars? Well, the founders of Digg.com are trying to forget that day when they turned down Google because today they finally sold Digg.com for a mere $500,000 bucks, a drop in value over 99.75%. Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, was of course hired by Google a few months ago, but the rest of Digg team will be in limbo as they may not be offered jobs by the company that bought them (Betaworks). Uproxx has more details on the acquisition of Digg.

Back in 2008, Digg was rumored by Tech Crunch to be in negotiations with Google, who reportedly offered $200 million dollars for the social aggregation site. Digg had just raised a reported $29 million in venture capital and was valued at about $164 million. They still turned down the $200 million offer to become a part of Google News.

How things have changed. Now The Wall Street Journal reports Digg has sold to New York technology development firm Betaworks for a price of . . . wait for it . . . $500,000. Put another way, that’s 99.75% less than Google offered them four years ago. Put yet another way, it would take 70 Diggs to buy one Myspace. Ouch. Play them off, Johnny.


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