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1:30 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. …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 over interviewing him today (my interview will be up on March 3)?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag
Discussion: Between the Lines and BlueBlog
Mathew /   What happens when the cloud is down?  —  A few days ago …
Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:   Lights Out for [Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)] all of Amazon …
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Amazon S3 web services down. Bad, bad news for customers.
Discussion: Boston Globe and Zoli's Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon S3 Storage Down?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say
Erica Ogg / CNET
Wal-Mart puts stake through HD DVD's heart
Discussion: TechSpot News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Wal-Mart to officially discontinue HD DVD sales by June
Discussion: Ubergizmo and 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! …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: 'It's the user experience, stupid'  —  The best thing to come out of this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has to be David Benjamin's account in EE Times of a “blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts” struggling to understand the success of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 MillionTo Be Spent On Interactive Ad Platform
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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).
Royal Pingdom:
Bebo experiences increase in downtime  —  The social network site Bebo has for the last three months been experiencing a trend of increasing downtime.  The popular social networking service had only five minutes of downtime in November and 30 minutes in December, but in January that increased to five hours and 20 minutes.
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Business Wire:
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Strange Maps:
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AT&T Tilt ROM Update Tomorrow
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Will Microsoft's Executive Shuffle Scare Yahoo?
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Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?