If you have Chrome 6+ or Firefox 2+, you can enable this Gmail labs feature that changes the favicon into a favicon that also displays how many unread emails you have. Priority Inbox users will have the unread count taken from that folder, instead of your Inbox. If you're like me, and have 5726 Priority Inbox items and 71805 regular inbox items, you'll never see an icon different from that there one above. Might as well not bother. [Gmail Blogspot via Techcrunch]
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