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Submission + - GIMP 2.4 on the Home Stretch (

johnr writes: GIMP 2.4 is on the home stretch, and just today they made the first release candidate available. The new version sports a refreshed look with some eye-pleasing icons, advanced selection tools, fullscreen editing, and much more. They've also begun the process of creating a new site that has a Web 2.0 feel to it!
The Internet

Submission + - Skype Implodes (

nick writes: I can't believe I'm the only person to have submitted this, but, as I'm sure many of you have noticed, the Skype P2P network spontaneously combusted earlier today, leaving the vast majority of their users unable to login. Their forums also seem to have imploded, but before they did so it was determined that it was just coincidence that Microsoft had released a whole bunch of patches yesterday, as Mac and Linux users were also affected (unless of course their servers are running Windows).
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone/iTunes 7.3.2 Requires MS Outlook for PC (

Anonymous Coward 2.0 writes: I got an iPhone and was reasonably happy. There has only been one major issue... on the PC platform, the only program to sync calendars to is a full version of Outlook (Express won't do). That was annoying and represented a $65 hidden cost (under my company's MS Employee purchase plan). I get paid fairly well so I just shelled it out. But now with the new iTunes Apple has made it mandatory that MS Outlook be the default mail client!

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