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12:30 PM ET, February 15, 2008

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Nick / Rough Type:
Crash: Amazon's S3 utility goes down  —  There are reports that Amazon's Simple Storage Service - called S3 - suffered a “massive” outage this morning, beginning at about 7:30 am eastern time.  At 9:03, an Amazon official posted a note in the service's customer forum, saying, “We can confirm the high error rate you're experiencing.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Can anyone stop this man?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag
Discussion: BlueBlog
Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:
Lights Out for [Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)] all of Amazon …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Amazon S3 Storage Service Goes Down, Still Not Up
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Amazon S3 Storage Down?
David Benjamin / EE Times:
Users' love affair with iPhone stumps Mobile World panel  —  BARCELONA, Spain — A blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain agreed that the best recent advance in the mobile telecommunications user space came …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition
Discussion: eWeek, BBC NEWS, The Register and VoIP Blog
Arn / MacRumors:   Apple iPhone's Ease of Use Encouraging Mobile Internet Usage
New York Post:
BOARD BUCKS YANG  —  YAHOO! DEAL CONCERN  —  While Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang desperately seeks an alternative to Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile takeover, an independent group of Yahoo!'s board members are taking the lead in shaping the company's future.  —  The informal group is being led by Yahoo! …
Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop  —  The superslim ThinkPad X300 is Lenovo's bid for leadership in the high-stakes world of laptops  —  “Phyllis!  Get me one of those interoffice mail envelopes!”  —  It was just after lunchtime on Jan. 15, and Peter Hortensius was storming through the cubicles …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Lenovo X300 vs. Apple MacBook Air... Fight!  —  As long as Lenovo is drawing a direct comparison between their own X300 and the MacBook Air, we thought we'd go ahead and put them side-by-side for you.  So dear reader, how do you define perfection?
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Digg
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
AT&T Tilt ROM Update Tomorrow  —  We have it from reliable sources that AT&T will be released a ROM update tomorrow, February 15th.  The update isn't going to add any significant new features — unless “working properly” counts as a feature.  It's not Windows Mobile 6.1 or a magical driver to speed up the display, either.
Discussion: Mobility Site
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Tilt ROM update to be released today?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Yahoo! Video Blog:
Welcome to the All-New Yahoo! Video  —  Hey Yahoo! Video viewers and creators (and those that do both),  —  Notice anything different about Yahoo! Video?  As you can tell we've really changed things around here.  And it's much more than a facelift.  It's an all-new site and I'm really excited about it.
Susan / Check Out Blog:
Wal-Mart Chooses a Hi Def Platform  —  Back in December I posted a Blog that said “HD or BD - Does Anyone Care.”  I only received one response, I was very disappointed. :( But following the news from Best Buy and Netflix, everyone's asking “what about Wal-Mart?”  —  Ok, so are you ready...Wal-Mart is going Blu.
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.  —  It was somewhat overwhelming sifting through the barrage of reactions over the last 48 hours: “Thanks for all you've done”, “How could you?!”, “Congrats!”, etc.  It's fascinating to watch people react.
Discussion: PDA, Insider Chatter, Bits and Valleywag
Louise Story / New York Times:
4 News Companies Ally to Sell Ads on the Internet  —  Four large newspaper companies are joining forces to sell advertisements on the Internet, hoping that the combined heft of their Web sites will encourage large advertisers to spend more money.  —  Each of the four companies …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Outsider's Flawed View Of Silicon Valley  —  Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman wrote a blog post a couple of days ago comparing Silicon Valley unfavorably to the Seattle tech scene.  —  I spend a lot of time in both places, and I think some of his observations are correct (people here compete to the death, people there go hiking).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Video Ads on Search Results Pages  —  Google has always had a love-hate relationship with advertising.  Its power and wealth come from the $16 billion a year of advertising that it sells.  Yet on its most important pages, the results from its Web search engine …
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say  —  Company says no decision has been made  —  The format war has turned into a format death watch.  —  Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash …
Royal Pingdom:
Bebo experiences increase in downtime  —  The social network site Bebo has for the last three months been experiencing a trend of increasing downtime.  The popular social networking service had only five minutes of downtime in November and 30 minutes in December, but in January that increased to five hours and 20 minutes.
 
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BBC:
Bands set for longer music rights
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Strange Maps:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Improper joinder rulings, sanctions threats don't deter RIAA
Anonymous Prof:
What Does The Last.fm Friends Network Look Like?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Data Mining
Mark Ward / BBC:
Net firms reject monitoring role
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Secret recipe inside Intel's latest competitor
Discussion: Electronista and GigaOM
Electronista:
Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING Basic Fun Launches Guitar Hero Carabiner …
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Google Android's Java SDK Hopes To Leave iPhone In The Dust
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Revver is acquired amid spike in interest
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will Microsoft's Executive Shuffle Scare Yahoo?
Discussion: Open Source and CNET News.com
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo Video relaunches, and hints at video on Flickr
eWeek:
Hollywood Sues Chinese File Sharing Firm
Discussion: Ars Technica
George Ou / Zero Day:
Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure
Discussion: my.opera.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction
Discussion: Lifehacker
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?