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11:05 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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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 …
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. …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun turns to Neil Diamond for Amazon utility ‘killer’  —  Here's Sun Microsystems.  Ahead of the curve with utility computing?  Check.  Interested in gaining the business of today's internet companies?  Big check.  Full of server-side software skills?  Check.
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Wired.com CTO Still Bullish on Amazon S3, Despite Service Failure
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD deathwatch: we're making it official
Discussion: Engadget HD
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.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Layoffs Could Cost $25M  —  Most of the charge will hit Yahoo's first quarter numbers  —  The reorganization at Yahoo that resulted in hundreds of layoffs will cost the company millions in related costs.  —  Sending employees out the door of its California offices triggered mass layoff provisions in the state's labor laws.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Another Vice President Parachutes From Yahoo, Lands as CEO of Xobni
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
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Screenshots of Yahoo Buzz, a Digg competitor  —  The pace of of product launches from Yahoo is breathless — and with a whiff of desperation.  On February 26, Yahoo plans to beta launch Yahoo Buzz as a competitor to Digg, and a tipster supplied Valleywag with screenshots.
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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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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo's New Video Effort Symbolic of Its Troubles  —  Despite layoffs and a hotly contested acquisition offer from Microsoft, Yahoo found the time to relaunch the video section of its site last night.  But the revamped site is an inadvertent metaphor for all the reasons Yahoo's in trouble.
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Yahoo! Video Blog:
Welcome to the All-New Yahoo! Video
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Yahoo Video gets a new coat of paint, higher resolution videos
Discussion: BetaNews, TechCrunch and JD on EP
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% …
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).
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Developers Introduce Comcast Busting Encryption  —  Several BitTorrent developers have joined forces to propose a new protocol extension with the ability to bypass the BitTorrent interfering techniques used by Comcast and other ISPs.  This new form of encryption will be implemented …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWeek:
What's Behind the SCO Buyout  —  What's Behind the SCO Buyout  —  Why would anyone pay $100 million for a company in bankruptcy and with a collapsing business and a total worth, including selling the furniture, of about $5 million?  —  If I had a $100 million lying around …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Private equity firm pours $100 million into SCO money pit
Discussion: Open Source and Law & Life
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Comparing Six Ways to Identify Top Blogs in Any Niche  —  In the early days of blogging you could go to the Technorati Blog Index, enter some identifying terms for a particular niche topic and discover what the top blogs were in the field.  —  Identifying top niche blogs is invaluable knowledge …
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