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7:20 PM ET, August 11, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Systemwide GMail Outage  —  Gmail is having a systemwide outage affecting multiple countries, and a whole bunch of its 100 million users are screaming about it on Twitter.  Around 20 million people visit Gmail each day, according to Comscore, and they're all seeing the same message.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Gmail is down, Twitter sizzling with the news  —  Google's e-mail service Gmail is offline for many users right now.  Those wondering if they are alone in experiencing the outage can find comfort on Twitter, which is up and sizzling with Gmail down alerts.  To track the spread of the outage …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Email, Gmail, Having Major Issues
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Analyst: 3 million iPhones sold in first month  —  Momentum isn't showing any signs of a dip; sales blow past expectations.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) — Talk about your summer scorchers.  —  One month after its debut, Apple's new iPhone has hit the 3 million sold mark, according to analyst Michael Cote of the Cote Collaborative.
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One More Thing:
Apple, AT&T mum on iPhone 3G issues  —  Note: CNET News' Tom Krazit and Marguerite Reardon co-wrote this article.  —  After his third iPhone 3G continued to cut him off in the middle of his conversations, Ryan Shaw had seen enough.  —  “The phone was a disappointment from the standpoint …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: Yep, The Kindle's A Huge Hit.  $1 Billion For Amazon In 2010 (AMZN)  —  Initial skepticism about Amazon's Kindle is being replaced by euphoria: Citi's Mark Mahaney, who was already bullish on the e-book reader, declares that is indeed going to be Amazon's iPod.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Those Kindle Estimates Keep Going Up.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Will it be a Kindle Christmas?  —  Dear Amazon: Please reveal …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks after Apple calls MobileMe stable, mail goes down  —  “MobileMe members may be unable to access MobileMe Mail.  Service will be restored ASAP.  We apologize for any inconvenience.”  —  If by “may” Apple means “definitely,” and by “ASAP” it means “nearly three hours and counting,” then I think we're all on the same page.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Software Sales Take Off: Apple's Jobs
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Georgia accuses Russia of coordinated cyberattack  —  The Georgian embassy in the U.K. has accused forces within Russia of launching a coordinated cyberattack against Georgian Web sites, to coincide with military operations in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
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Verizon:
Visual Voice Mail From Verizon Wireless Gives Customers A New Way To Manage Their Messages  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network today …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Verizon shows you Visual Voice Mail — if you show them the money
Discussion: AppleInsider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DEMO v. TechCrunch50 Takes A Nasty Turn With Charges Of Plagiarism  —  We are heads down preparing for the upcoming TechCrunch50 Conference in San Francisco, where we'll feature fifty newly launched startups and products to an audience of over 1,500 investors, press, entrepreneurs and others who are passionate about startups.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Blue Screen of Death Strikes Bird's Nest During Opening Ceremonies Torch Lighting  —  Well this is just perfect.  At the exact moment Li Ning was rounding the lip of the Bird's Nest during the amazing torch-lighting climax, someone snapped this photo of our good friend the BSOD nestled amongst the Nest's steel twigs.
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Trying to watch the Olympics on TV and the Web  —  How is your Olympics-watching experience going?  —  You may have caught some of the Olympic Games over the weekend, most likely in front of your television set and not online.  NBC Universal, which owns the U.S. broadcast rights …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Alexander's non-QWERTY counterpart, Atila  —  Another leaked Motorola handset?  You bet!  This time we've got the brother-in-law to the Motorola Alexander — no QWERTY keyboard — with a pretty decent spec sheet.  This one is codenamed Atila, and if you haven't caught …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone atop Flickr's cameraphone list once again  —  The iPhone continues to dominate Flickr's list of popular cameraphones.  As pointed out by the folks at TUAW, the iPhone has once again spiked past the Nokia N95, no doubt a result of the iPhone 3G's recent launch and scads of new users taking photos with the device.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Memoranda  —  Apple and Microsoft, as ever, offer a study in contrasts.  Take, for example, two recent company-wide memos from CEOs Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer.  Jobs's, leaked last week, regarded the botched launch of MobileMe.  Ballmer's, from two weeks ago, outlined Microsoft's strategic goals for the next year.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Forget Push Email, Here Comes Push Facebook For Your Mobile  —  From a company called Blue Whale Systems Ltd., makers of a free mobile push application called BlueWhaleMail, there now comes a new push application: Facebook.  Via the BlueWhaleMail app, you can be notified of your friends' status updates, wall posts, and news items.
Discussion: The Social Web
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Users Complain About Redesign, Prove That Redesign Is A Huge Success  —  Facebook users — young, tech-savvy and given to gnat-like attention spans — are supposed to relish change.  But they love to carp about it.  —  Two years ago they complained about news feeds; last year they complained about Beacon.
Discussion: All Facebook
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo: Crouching Strategy, Hidden Costs Cuts?  —  Buried deep in a recent New York Times profile of Yahoo Co-Founder and CEO Jerry Yang were largely unexplained references to the names of two new initiatives now taking place within the ranks of Yahoo management.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Hadoop: When grownups do open source  —  On the emasculation of Twitter and Dirty Harry  —  Fail and You Hadoop is a library for writing distributed data processing programs using the MapReduce framework.  It's got all the makings of a blogosphere hit: cluster computing, large datasets …
Discussion: The Open Road
 
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