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10:30 AM ET, August 12, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
We feel your pain, and we're sorry  —  Many of you had trouble accessing Gmail for a couple of hours this afternoon, and we're really sorry.  The issue was caused by a temporary outage in our contacts system that was preventing Gmail from loading properly.  Everything should be back to normal by the time you read this.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Systemwide GMail Outage
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lenovo intros the monstrous ThinkPad W700, and we get our hands all over it (updated with Wacom video demo)  —  Like your laptops to be over-achievers?  Like, the really annoyingly stacked variety of over-achiever?  Enter Lenovo's newest outrage — the ThinkPad W700.
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Lenovo ThinkPad W700 Has a BUILT-IN Wacom Tablet and Professional Grade Screen
Discussion: Gadgetell, OhGizmo!, GottaBeMobile and Crave
Xavier / notebooks.com:
ThinkPad W700: Lenovo Intros Biggest ThinkPad Yet (videos)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Lenovo set to announce ThinkPad W700
Discussion: eWeek
HP:
HP Brings DreamColor Accuracy to Mobile Power Users
Discussion: InformationWeek and Engadget
Brent Csutoras:
TWITTER LIMITS FOLLOWING TO 2,000  —  Twitter has always been looking for better ways to combat spammers and it appears they have recently added a new measure to combat one aspect of gaming.  —  User can now only add up to 2,000 followers before being limited and receiving this error message.
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David Risley:
Twitter Limits to 2000 Follows.  Could They Charge To Lift The Limit?  —  In my last post, I stated in passing that Twitter had limited accounts to following 2,000 people unless you already had more than 2,000 people you follow.  Apparently, I broke this news to some - unwittingly.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter limiting followers to 2000
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and broadstuff
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Much Anticipated DataCase Launches: Turn the iPhone Into A Wireless Drive  —  The much anticipated DataCase application for the iPhone launched this morning.  —  The app, which costs $6.99, turn your iPhone into an easy-to-use wireless storage device that can be access by any other device on your wireless network.
Discussion: TUAW
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.
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Steve Weis / Google Online Security Blog:
Keyczar: Safe and Simple Cryptography  —  Cryptography is notoriously hard to get right and if improperly used, can create serious security holes.  Common mistakes include using the wrong cipher modes or obsolete algorithms, composing primitives in an unsafe manner, hard-coding keys in source code …
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads  —  If you enjoy buying music from iTunes, movies from Amazon.com's Unbox, or computer software from anywhere, be warned: the halcyon days of tax-free digital purchases may be over.  —  With retail e-commerce sales now estimated to exceed $130 billion a year …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Discussion: Webware.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Global Trail of an Online Crime Ring  —  As an international ring of thieves plundered the credit card numbers of millions of Americans, investigators struggled to figure out who was orchestrating the crimes in the United States.  —  When prosecutors unveiled indictments last week …
Discussion: Payments News and Know It All
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Amazon's Kindle the iPod of the book world?  —  Can Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader ever make the mainstream?  —  Amazon's shareholders will hope so - its stock rose 8% yesterday off the back of an estimate by Citigroup analyst Mark Mahoney, who said sales will reach 380,000 by the end of this year.
Discussion: The Register, Reuters and Epicenter
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 …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
‘Pump and Dump’ conmen targeted  —  Scammers using the net to hype stocks are being targeted with software that can spot fraudulent trading patterns.  —  Many hi-tech conmen use junk mail to hype stocks so they can sell shares they own in the companies at a profit.
Discussion: Virtual Economics and Techdirt
 
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John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
Madden NFL 09 PSP Entertainment Pack Now Available
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congressional Dems back porn-free wireless broadband network
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Broadband growth plummets in 2Q, cable stronger
Discussion: DSLreports and Valleywag
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Loss of customer data spurs closure of online storage service ‘The Linkup’
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AOL Integrates buy.at and Goowy to Create Affiliate Widgets
Discussion: Webware.com
Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING After All, 230 MB/s SSD Comes Into Reality by INDILINX
Dylan Jobe / PlayStation.Blog:
Warhawk v1.5 Update “Free Never Gets Old!”
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
 Earlier Items: 
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Freedom Interactive CEO Mathieu Leaves for YuMe Video Network
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Lost Remote and Screenwerk
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Crises Tracking on Twitter: The Benefits -and Dangers- of New Media
Discussion: Social Media Club
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
MOG, platform for music blogs, launches vertical ad network
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
AMD to Nvidia: Two chips are better than one
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Users Fight Back Against the New Facebook
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks after Apple calls MobileMe stable, mail goes down
DealBook:
Yahoo's Advisory Bill Hits $36 Million
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Pulse 2.0