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5:40 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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag
Discussion: CenterNetworks, BlueBlog and Valleywag
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Wired.com CTO Still Bullish on Amazon S3, Despite Service Failure
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Can anyone stop this man?
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon S3 web services down. Bad, bad news for customers.
Discussion: Techdirt and Zoli's Blog
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:   Amazon storage ‘cloud’ service goes dark, ruffles Web 2.0 feathers
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD deathwatch: we're making it official
Discussion: Engadget HD
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
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: Electronista and LAPTOP Magazine
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Everex CloudBook Mini Review Verdict: Needs More Time in the Oven
Discussion: TechSpot News and Gadgetell
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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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Next motherboard revisions of Xbox 360 will have 65 nm CPU, GPU
Discussion: Electronista, CyberNet and WinBeta
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Next Xbox 360 Designs are “Opus” and “Valhalla”
Discussion: Gizmodo, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
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).
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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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Yahoo Video gets a new coat of paint, higher resolution videos
Discussion: Valleywag, TechCrunch and JD on EP
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo's New Video Effort Symbolic of Its Troubles
Discussion: Download Squad, Rev2.org and BetaNews
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: 'It's the user experience, stupid'
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Plan B  —  Last week I presented my best guess why Microsoft would want to buy Yahoo.  What was it that made Yahoo worth $44.6 billion to Bill Gates?  Based on what I believe is a pretty profound understanding of the innards of each company, I said it came down less to competing with Google …
Discussion: WinExtra
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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Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop
Adam / Xobni:
Jeff Bonforte Joins Xobni as CEO  —  Matt and I have hired a new CEO to help us build Xobni.  As those close to Xobni know, we were not actively looking for a CEO.  Nevertheless, when we met Jeff Bonforte several months ago we said We've got to get this guy on our team.
Discussion: Gabor's Blog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Another Vice President Parachutes From Yahoo, Lands as CEO of Xobni
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% …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Electronista:
Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Retailer Best Buy is no longer stocking any 15-inch MacBook Pro online, according to reader reports.  The mid-range 2.4GHz model is listed as “sold out” and therefore unavailable; the base 2.2GHz version is listed as backordered and unavailable for between 1-2 weeks.
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Screenshots of Yahoo Buzz, a Digg competitor
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers patent protection for Office binaries
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Report: Yahoo-Microsoft Investor Overlap Supports A Deal
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWeek:
What's Behind the SCO Buyout
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BBC to put shows on iTunes ‘next week’
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Up The Data Stream With A Paddle, Comcast To Invest $70 Million In ‘Canoe’
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