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7:25 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.
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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 …
comScore:
Social Networking Explodes Worldwide as Sites Increase their Focus …
Discussion: Epicenter
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 …
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Direct2Dell:
New Dell Latitude Notebooks: No More Business as Usual  —  Today we're officially unveiling our new line of Latitude laptops to the world.  Based on the amount of internal buzz and the volume of work it took to get us here, this is about the biggest product rollout I can remember …
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell revamps Latitude line with new E laptop series
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC World
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Fire Eagle Location Service Comes Out Of Private Beta  —  I'm at the Brickhouse in San Francisco as Tom Coates, head of the Fire Eagle team, is announcing the release of Fire Eagle, which had been in private beta.  The service is intended to be something of a “clearinghouse” or …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest so it can spread its wings  —  I've said it before, I'll say it again: Location, location, location.  As computing continues to go mobile it's an increasingly important feature for many web services.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yahoo's Fire Eagle geolocation service now open to all
Discussion: ben barren and All Points Blog
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.
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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.
VMware Communities:
BIG bug in ESX 3.5 Update 2 - If you're using 3.5u2 read this now!  - A general system error occurred: Internal Error  —  Starting this morning, we could not power on nor VMotion any of our Virtual Machines.  The VI Client threw the error “A general system error occurred: Internal Error”.
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Matthew Marlowe / Matthew Marlowe's Blog:
All your VM's are belong to us
Discussion: TeleRead
Robin Wauters / Virtualization.com:
Major Bug Kills VMware Powered Virtual Servers
Discussion: CIO.com
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.
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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.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Platform leader Benjamin Ling to leave Facebook, as platform continues to evolve  —  Last fall, Benjaming Ling was recruited out of Google to help lead the Facebook developer platform product marketing team.  But he's planning to leave Facebook within the next couple of weeks, I've heard from sources within Facebook.
Discussion: BoomTown and All Facebook
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 …
Microsoft:
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: Computerworld
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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 …
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 Macrumors.com, a post this morning makes reference to a report purportedly put out today by Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch and MacBook Updates for September?
Discussion: CrunchGear
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.
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Why the iPhone Matters  —  In July, Walt spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival about the rise of the iPhone and similar devices and what it means for the future of the PC.  Below are two videos of Walt's presentation.  The video on top is the complete session; the YouTube video below it is a shorter version.
Discussion: iPod Observer
Erik Huggers / BBC Internet blog:
Open Industry Standards For Audio & Video On The Web  —  One of the key drivers in making audio and video distribution possible via the internet is the great advances in compression technologies (codecs).  Obviously, broadband adoption and ever more capable PCs and mobile devices helped a lot …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Obama, Olympics spam popular as year-over-year volume grows
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U.S. Broadband Speeds Too Darn Slow; Adoption Hits 7-Year Low
Chris Cheesman / Amateur Photographer:
PHOTOGRAPHERS TO SHAPE POLAROID HISTORY
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ConnectU-Facebook fight one stroke closer to finish line
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Microsoft readies Windows Live Wave 3
Business Wire:
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Movable Type, Wordpress becoming social platforms
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Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Teleport VNC Client Allows Remote Access to Your Computer [Update]
Discussion: TUAW
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus. …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Kwiry puts Netflix, Amazon in your pocket
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Carl Icahn's Yahoo Board Choices: Meyer and Biondi?
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Use of “Ad Networks” Surges Six-Fold as Media Companies Step …
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Shutterfly Finally Gives Photos Wings
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Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent
 

 
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