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4:40 PM ET, August 12, 2008


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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Early adopters vs the Mainstream: Google Insights points out websites only used by Silicon Valley nerds  —  Intro to Google Insights  —  I have recently been playing around with the insanely useful Google Insights for Search product.  You should definitely try it out if you haven't.
Royal Pingdom:
Social network popularity around the world  —  With the help of Google data, we have looked at 12 of the top social networks to answer a simple, but highly interesting question:  —  Where are they the most popular?  —  The social networks we included in this survey were MySpace, Facebook …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Disqus 2.0: New Plugin, New Interface, And Local Comment Backup  —  Disqus, the enhanced blog commenting system, has launched a 2.0 version of its software that includes a host of new features, including a new plugin for WordPress, an improved developer API, and an overhauled UI for its main site.
Daniel / Disqus:
Introducing the New DISQUS  —  With this latest update, we are making Disqus easier, faster, and more portable.  Simple enough, right?  Let's begin.  —  In reverse order!  —  portable  —  WordPress Plugin 2.0  —  We've been working on improving integration with platforms.
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Disqus Revamps its Look and Improves Integration
Matthew Marlowe / Matthew Marlowe's Blog:
All your VM's are belong to us  —  As of tomorrow morning, VM's running on all hosts with ESX 3.5U2 in enterprise configurations will not power on.  VMotion/HA/DRS will probably also not work.  —  Boom.  —  Apparently, there is some bug in the vmware license management code.
Discussion: TeleRead
Robin Wauters /
Major Bug Kills VMware Powered Virtual Servers
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Dell's comeback machine  —  The redesigned Dell Latitude line will offer colors, a Linux mode, and other un-Dell touches.  Photo: Dell  —  I'm at Dell's design headquarters near Round Rock, Texas, getting a first glimpse of the company's colorful new line of business laptops that go on sale Tuesday …
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell revamps Latitude line with new E laptop series
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC World
New Dell Latitude Notebooks: No More Business as Usual
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
3G iPhone Connection Problems Chip-Related?  —  Om has complained about his frustration with the 3G iPhone, which has poor reception and forces him to spend more time on the 2.5G EDGE network than he thought, but the issue may be with Infineon's 3G chip, according to Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura Securities.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Analyst: Infineon chipset possible cause of iPhone 3G issues
Discussion: iLounge and Gearlog
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
UI Guru Jakob Nielsen's Site Is Unreadable  —  Ok, this is only half a dig.  Jakob is one of the most respected writers and thinkers about user interface on the web.  He is clearly bright, and he writes intelligent and useful things.  In fact I quote Jakob and reference his work all of the time.
Alertbox:   10 Best Application UIs of 2008
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent  —  Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Shawn / TmoNews:
Android may be here sooner then we think  —  We're hearing rumor after rumor that Android has been delayed, and pushed back to 2009.  Well TmoNews is jumping into the pool or rumors, calling BS on those other rumors, and putting in our vote of confidence on a presale of the Android phone on September 16th, 2008.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Blogosphere Flips, Product Rumors Chase Own Tail  —  Such is the frenzy for information about potential new products from Apple (AAPL) that the blogsphere has begun to lose track of the rumors.  —  On, a post this morning makes reference to a report purportedly put out today by Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson.
Discussion: PC World
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch and MacBook Updates for September?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Brad Stone / Bits:
Shutterfly Finally Gives Photos Wings  —  Shutterfly, one of the first photo sharing sites on the Internet, has survived the dot-com bust and competition from the likes of Kodak and Hewlett-Packard.  —  But the recent wave of popular Web 2.0 photo sites like Flickr, Slide, Photobucket and RockYou …
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-041 - Critical  —  Vulnerability in the ActiveX Control for the Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access Could Allow Remote Code Execution (955617)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves …
Discussion: BroadDev and
Daily Mail:
Parents horrified as most violent video game ever to launch on ‘family friendly’ Wii  —  A new computer game tipped to be the most violent ever is being released exclusively on the so-called ‘family friendly’ Wii console.  —  Nintendo will dramatically transform Wii's image with the release …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberspace Barrage Preceded Russian Invasion of Georgia  —  Weeks before physical bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace.  —  Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks in Lexington noticed a stream …
Josh Lowensohn /
Kwiry puts Netflix, Amazon in your pocket  —  This morning, SMS reminder service Kwiry is adding a new tool to its repertoire called shortcuts.  It goes beyond the original implementation of adding keywords and photos to look up later, and turns it into a tool that links up with various Web services you might be using.
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Movable Type, Wordpress becoming social platforms
Discussion: Mashable!
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Teleport VNC Client Allows Remote Access to Your Computer
Discussion: TUAW
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus. …
David Meyer / CNET
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Shadow side of iPhone 3G's blockbuster success
Discussion: FierceWireless
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia G92s and G94 reportedly failing
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Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google's share of US searches hits 70%
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vongo is Gone-go
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Much Anticipated DataCase Launches: Turn the iPhone Into A Wireless Drive
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lenovo intros the monstrous ThinkPad W700, and we get our hands …