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12:10 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?  —  Who is this?  —  It's Jeff Barr.  Amazon's Web Services evangelist hanging out in front of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA.  Here's his blog.  —  So, why was FastCompany.tv over interviewing him today (my interview will be up on March 3)?
Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:
Lights Out for [Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)] all of Amazon …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag
Discussion: BlueBlog
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
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
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! …
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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).
 
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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?
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Net firms reject monitoring role
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Secret recipe inside Intel's latest competitor
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Electronista:
Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro
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Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING Basic Fun Launches Guitar Hero Carabiner …
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Chris Peredun / DailyTech:
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Google Android's Java SDK Hopes To Leave iPhone In The Dust
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Revver is acquired amid spike in interest
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will Microsoft's Executive Shuffle Scare Yahoo?
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo Video relaunches, and hints at video on Flickr
George Ou / Zero Day:
Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure
Discussion: my.opera.com
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
EMC deal could bring SAP software to smaller firms
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction
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