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3:40 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.
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. …
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: BlueBlog and Valleywag
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
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 /   Amazon storage ‘cloud’ service goes dark, ruffles Web 2.0 feathers
Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:   Lights Out for [Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)] all of Amazon …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Amazon S3 Storage Down?
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.
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, and Slashdot
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! …
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 …
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).
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
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 …
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 …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo's New Video Effort Symbolic of Its Troubles
Discussion:, Download Squad and Valleywag
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:
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Everex Cloudbook Unboxed, Fondled, Declared Horrible So Far
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
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.
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
Up The Data Stream With A Paddle, Comcast To Invest $70 Million In ‘Canoe’  —  COMCAST WILL INVEST UP TO $70 million this year as part of cable operators' joint effort to develop a national interactive advertising platform, a top company executive said Thursday.
Joseph Weisenthal /
Comcast: Up To $70 Million To Be Spent On Interactive Ad Platform
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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