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4:15 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon S3 Storage Service Goes Down, Still Not Up  —  Amazon's S3 cloud-based storage service went down earlier this morning, according to numerous tips we've received.  The service has impacted many companies, including folks like Twitter.  According to our tipsters, the service went down around 4:30 a.m. …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Goes Down, Takes Many Startup Sites With It  —  Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage this morning, affecting the thousands of Websites that rely on its storage (S3) and cloud computing (EC2) services.  Startups including Twitter, SmugMug, 37Signals, and AdaptiveBlue …
Discussion: Storage Soup
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag  —  Amazon's S3 Web-storage-on-demand service has won a lot of mindshare in the Web 2.0/startup world.  Which means when the service breaks down, as it did this morning, you're going to hear a lot about it.  —  Users are complaining that parts …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, BlueBlog and Valleywag
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Can anyone stop this man?
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:   Amazon storage ‘cloud’ service goes dark, ruffles Web 2.0 feathers
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon S3 web services down. Bad, bad news for customers.
Discussion: Techdirt and Zoli's Blog
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! …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Jerry Yang's Consolation Prize: $200+ Million Or More
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.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: Toshiba making funeral plans for HD DVD; Wal-Mart to go all Blu (updated)  —  Since the beginning of the year, when Warner Bros. announced that it was pulling support for HD DVD, the prospects appeared grim.  Toshiba and some of the other backers of the format put on a brave face …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Wal-Mart to officially discontinue HD DVD sales by June
Discussion: Engadget HD, Joystiq, TechBlog and Ubergizmo
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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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).
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Sales of PlayStation 3 top Xbox 360 in January  —  Despite shortages, Nintendo Wii still leads  —  Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game console topped Microsoft's Xbox 360 in U.S. unit sales for the first time in January, but the Redmond company said its sales were hurt by supply shortages.
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Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
CloudBook Unboxing and Very First Impressions  —  Our CloudBook just arrived and we've taken it out of the box and snapped a few photos.  Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer is working on a hands-on post right now, and already we've encountered two significant problems:
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Everex Cloudbook Unboxed, Fondled, Declared Horrible So Far
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
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
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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 I'm really excited about it.  I love online video, and our new site makes everything …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo's New Video Effort Symbolic of Its Troubles
Discussion: Download Squad, Rev2.org and Valleywag
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.
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
China Mobile: 400,000 Unlocked iPhones On Our Network (AAPL)  —  An eye-opening stat we hadn't seen until today: China Mobile, the biggest wireless carrier in China, said there were 400,000 unlocked iPhones operating on its network at the end of 2007.  —  If true, that represents more than 10% …
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