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4:50 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 …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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.
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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: PC World, eWeek and Gizmodo
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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.
Discussion: notebooks.com, Crave and Tech Blog
HP:
HP Brings DreamColor Accuracy to Mobile Power Users  —  Today at SIGGRAPH 2008, HP expanded its DreamColor technology portfolio with the introduction of a powerful mobile workstation - the HP EliteBook 8730w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor Display - that offers professionals exceptional color accuracy.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and David Risley
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David Risley:
Twitter Limits to 2000 Followers.  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
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 and Mashable!
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Rick Rubin goes digital, joins MOG board
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
Discussion: Contentinople
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
AMD to Nvidia: Two chips are better than one  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced on Monday its most powerful graphics technology to date, going after Nvidia in the rarified—and closely watched—enthusiast game segment.  —  The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics board houses two 4870 graphics processing units …
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Users Fight Back Against the New Facebook  —  Facebook users are typically not receptive to change.  When Facebook unleashed the News Feed a couple years ago, the Facebook user base fought back, creating groups to remove the news feed and challenging Facebook on the lack of privacy under the new system.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Industry Standard
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:   Facebook Users Complain About Redesign, Prove That Redesign Is A Huge Success
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 …
Discussion: Zero Day
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Congratulations Apple, you made the iPhone less stable than Windows Mobile  —  After a couple of weeks since the iPhone 3G launch, I gave in and picked up a device at the Apple store just over a week ago to personally give it a try.  It is a good device, but the only two improvements over my original iPhone are the 3G support and GPS.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: Yep, The Kindle's A Huge Hit.  $1 Billion For Amazon In 2010 (AMZN)  —  Initial skepticism about Amazon's Kindle is being replaced by euphoria: Citi's Mark Mahaney, who was already bullish on the e-book reader, declares that is indeed going to be Amazon's iPod.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Those Kindle Estimates Keep Going Up.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
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.
David Robinson / Freedom to Tinker:
Is the New York Times a Confused Company?  —  Over lunch I did something old-fashioned—I picked up and read a print copy of the New York Times.  I was startled to find, on the front of the business section, a large, colorfully decorated feature headlined “Is Google a Media Company?”
 
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Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
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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:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Global Trail of an Online Crime Ring
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks after Apple calls MobileMe stable, mail goes down
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Napster Q2 Revs Fall; Paid Subs Drop Sharply
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Ashley Surdin / Washington Post:
San Francisco Case Shows Vulnerability Of Data Networks
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo: Crouching Strategy, Hidden Costs Cuts?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Memoranda  —  Apple and Microsoft, as ever, offer a study in contrasts.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Forget Push Email, Here Comes Push Facebook For Your Mobile
Discussion: The Social Web
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
Tiffany appeals ruling in eBay counterfeit listings case
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Blue Screen of Death Strikes Bird's Nest During Opening Ceremonies Torch Lighting
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
The venture deals that got away
Discussion: Darren Herman
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone atop Flickr's cameraphone list once again