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9:45 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  —  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: … Update 3: Google issues a straightforward apology.  —  Gmail is having a systemwide outage affecting multiple countries …
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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Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Lenovo set to announce ThinkPad W700  —  Set to debut on Tuesday at the Siggraph conference in Los Angeles, Lenovo's new ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation is full of firsts.  The 17-inch laptop is the first time ThinkPad has ventured into desktop replacement territory, and its larger …
Discussion: Gizmodo, OhGizmo! and eWeek
Xavier / notebooks.com:
ThinkPad W700: Lenovo Intros Biggest ThinkPad Yet (videos)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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.
Discussion: David Risley, Mashable!, GigaOM and Digg
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter limiting followers to 2000  —  Just read in various places that people are getting messages from Twitter saying that there's a limit of 2000 followers per account.  —  Lots to say about this of course!  —  1. My first take: Probably a good idea.  —  2. Is this a problem for people?
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and broadstuff
David Risley:
Twitter Limits to 2000 Follows. Could They Charge To Lift The Limit?
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
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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 …
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.
Discussion: MediaFile
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
MOG, platform for music blogs, launches vertical ad network  —  Today, MOG, a blogging platform and content aggregator for music-oriented blogs, is launching the MOG Music Network, a vertical ad network that targets music-oriented sites and blogs.  The company has also added legendary producer Rick Rubin to its board.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and Mashable!
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Rick Rubin goes digital, joins MOG board
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
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
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AOL Integrates buy.at and Goowy to Create Affiliate Widgets  —  AOL has announced this morning that through their Platform-A online advertising brand, they will bring together buy.at and Goowy Media. buy.at is an affiliate network with partners including Blockbuster and Ticketmaster.
Discussion: Webware.com
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Freedom Interactive CEO Mathieu Leaves for YuMe Video Network  —  Freedom Interactive CEO Michael Mathieu is leaving to be CEO of YuMe Networks, which is sort of positioned as the “DoubleClick of Video.”  YuMe is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, CA and backed to the tune …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YuMe Replaces CEO
 
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Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
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Shawn / TmoNews:
Android may be here sooner then we think  —  We're hearing rumor …
Business Wire:
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Dylan Jobe / PlayStation.Blog:
Warhawk v1.5 Update “Free Never Gets Old!”
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
HP:
HP Brings DreamColor Accuracy to Mobile Power Users
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Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Camera Ready  —  New tools and services make it easy …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Screenwerk
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Crises Tracking on Twitter: The Benefits -and Dangers- of New Media
Discussion: Social Media Club
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
More Major Mags Sour On Remnant Ad Nets; Time Inc. Considers The Vertical Route
Discussion: Mediaweek
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft: “The Wii third party game story is not a pretty one”
David Robinson / Freedom to Tinker:
Is the New York Times a Confused Company?
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
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
New TV show: Temptation gadget island
DealBook:
Yahoo's Advisory Bill Hits $36 Million
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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