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2:30 PM ET, August 12, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
ComScore: Social networks, especially Facebook, still getting big around the world
Discussion: comScore and Valleywag
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Dell's comeback machine  —  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, and I mention that the pink looks a lot better in person than online.  A Dell executive is quick to tell me why.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Electronista
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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell revamps Latitude line with new E laptop series
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC World
Direct2Dell:
New Dell Latitude Notebooks: No More Business as Usual
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 belong to us  —  As of tomorrow morning, VM's running on all hosts with ESX 3.5U2 in enterprise configurations will not power on.  —  Boom.  —  Apparently, there is some bug in the vmware license management code.  VMware is scrambling to figure out what happened and put out a patch.
Discussion: TeleRead
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   Date bug kills VMware systems
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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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.
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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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Analyst: Infineon chipset possible cause of iPhone 3G issues
Discussion: iLounge and Gearlog
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.
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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Alertbox:   10 Best Application UIs of 2008
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus.  But How Many People Can You Seriously Watch Anyway?  —  Twitter is starting to limit how many other Twitterers any one person can follow.  While the number varies based on different factors, for most people (other than Robert Scoble) the ceiling seems to be 2,000.
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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.
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 …
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 …
eWeek:
Latest AMD Graphics Chip Competes with Nvidia  —  The AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, which AMD is touting as the worlds “fastest” graphics chip, is looking to compete in the high-end discrete graphics market against the Nvidia GTX 280 graphics card.  AMD and Nvidia are also preparing …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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.
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.
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: Gadget Lab, Ubergizmo, TUAW and CrunchGear
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
ERTS: Report Early Madden '09 Sales Top Expectations
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Daily Mail:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Shadow side of iPhone 3G's blockbuster success
Discussion: FierceWireless
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia G92s and G94 reportedly failing
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Carl Icahn's Yahoo Board Choices: Meyer and Biondi?
Discussion: Beyond Binary
IAB:
Use of “Ad Networks” Surges Six-Fold as Media Companies Step …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Photo Albums in Google Docs
Discussion: webmonkey
TG Daily:
AMD split rumors accelerating
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google's share of US searches hits 70%
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vongo is Gone-go