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7:40 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
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?
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
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: WebProNews and Gabor's Blog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Another Vice President Parachutes From Yahoo, Lands as CEO of Xobni
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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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Next Xbox 360 Designs are “Opus” and “Valhalla”
Discussion: Gizmodo, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Next motherboard revisions of Xbox 360 will have 65 nm CPU, GPU
Discussion: Electronista and CyberNet
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).
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
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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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% …
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: 'It's the user experience, stupid'
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
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: Rev2.org, Download Squad and Valleywag
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Murdoch's Yahoo move gives Microsoft pause  —  Microsoft was deciding last night whether to raise its offer for Yahoo or walk away and use its cash to buy a number of web 2.0 companies after learning of Rupert Murdoch's interest in the online search and content company.
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
News Corp. Working On Music ‘Hulu’ For MySpace  —  paidContent has learned that News Corp (NYSE: NWS). is pursuing a music joint venture for MySpace—similar to Hulu, its video joint venture with NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), but with variations on the theme.  The constant in both instances is content for equity.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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US Marines Select Rockwell Collins ParaNav
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers patent protection for Office binaries
Discussion: Computerworld and BetaNews
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Report: Yahoo-Microsoft Investor Overlap Supports A Deal
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What's Behind the SCO Buyout
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
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Viacom's Flux will support Google's OpenSocial
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Chris Williams / The Register:
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David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
Up The Data Stream With A Paddle, Comcast To Invest $70 Million In ‘Canoe’
Electronista:
Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Lenovo X300 vs. Apple MacBook Air... Fight!
Discussion: Business Week
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