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10:55 PM ET, August 11, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Systemwide GMail Outage  —  Update: As of 3:45 PM PST it looks like Gmail is back up, at least for some users.  —  Update 2: Google's comment on the 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gmail's Out...Again  —  It's almost becoming routine, these outages at Google's Gmail service.  After we reported last week that there were some problems with Google Apps, today a much bigger outage hit Google's email service, taking down the entire system, it seems.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Tom Espiner / CNET
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Users Fight Back Against the New Facebook
Discussion: Industry Standard
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The iTunes Store: Profit Machine
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Verizon shows you Visual Voice Mail — if you show them the money
Discussion: AppleInsider
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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David Robinson / Freedom to Tinker:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET
AMD to Nvidia: Two chips are better than one
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sony and Nintendo will tie in hardware race, says former SCEE boss
Discussion: Kotaku, Destructoid and Joystiq
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YuMe Replaces CEO
Discussion: Contentinople
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
New TV show: Temptation gadget island
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Christopher Null:
Hands on: Sony Rolly is cute, clean fun
Discussion: Sony Insider
Yahoo's Advisory Bill Hits $36 Million
Discussion: and Pulse 2.0
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Hit MommyCast Making Leap Into Video
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AT&T HTC Touch Pro first pictures!!
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Hadoop: When grownups do open source
Discussion: The Open Road
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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