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3:15 PM ET, February 16, 2008


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Why S3 failed  —  Late last night, Amazon issued a statement explaining the cause of the problem that hobbled its S3 storage system yesterday morning.  It was not a hardware failure.  Rather, the service's authentication system, which verifies the identity of a user, became overloaded with user requests.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Poor People Use Yahoo, Those Better Off Use Google  —  New data released by Hitwise yesterday shows that the difference between those using Yahoo and Google can be shown by the wealth of each user.  —  The graph right demonstrates “Online Representation” based on demographic types.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung's See'N'Search set-top TV / Internet box demo video  —  Samsung's See'N'Search set-top box that intelligently and automatically pulls content from the internet to match whatever TV show is on sounded nice enough, but we wanted to see it in action.  Apparently the good people at Samsung …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Republican National Convention 2008:
2008 Republican National Convention Names Official Innovation Provider  —  (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) - Embracing technology that will propel the 2008 Republican National Convention to the forefront of the digital age, the GOP today announced that Google Inc. will serve as the Republican National Convention's Official Innovation Provider.
Jason Wilson / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Scheduled Posts  —  We've often heard that sometimes you'd like to write a post now and have it automatically published at some time in the future.  We listened, and are pleased to say that this feature is ready for you to try out on Blogger in draft.
DCEmu The Home of Homebrew and Emulation News:
Dark-AleX Time Machine Released  —  From Dark-AleX, A gift to you. … Download and Give Feedback Via Comments  —  There are 25 comments to this article  —  For more information and downloads, click here!  —  The DCEmu Homebrew and Gaming Network  —  Welcome to the DCEmu Homebrew and Gaming Network.
Discussion: Download Squad, Gizmodo and Engadget
Nick / Dial-a-Phone:
First Pictures of Alienware Android Cell Phone  —  Google and Dell are on the point of launching a new mobile phone to run on the Android operating system, probably at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona that's going on at the moment.  Dell have tried to enter the mobile phone market once …
New York Times:
Taps for HD DVD as Wal-Mart Backs Blu-ray  —  SAN FRANCISCO — HD DVD, the beloved format of Toshiba and three Hollywood studios, died Friday after a brief illness.  The cause of death was determined to be the decision by Wal-Mart to stock only high-definition DVDs and players using the Blu-ray format.
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Dork Talk  —  In the early 90s, I made a pilgrimage to Boulder, Colorado, where the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers had established a research lab to contemplate the future of newspapers.  It was rumoured that they were developing a “tablet” - that is, a portable screen about the size …
Discussion: TeleRead
Eliot Brown / New York Observer:
Apple Is Building on 34th, But Will It Set Up Shop?  —  Avenue Apple store?  —  Apple has applied for a building permit at 21 West 34th Street, listing plans for a two-story 19,000-square-foot retail structure on the site, owned by SL Green.  —  So will this be the next iStore?  —  Maybe, maybe not.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patentability Of Business Model And Software Patents Comes Under Court Scrutiny  —  Nearly ten years ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) made its ruling in the State Street Bank case, effectively allowing patents on business models and greatly expanding the scope of software patents in one single move.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Lawsuit claims Google stole idea for Sky layer in Earth  —  A former Google contractor is suing the company for allegedly stealing from him the idea for the Sky layer in Google Earth.  —  The lawsuit filed this week in federal district court in Atlanta seeks punitive damages of $25 million from Google.
Discussion: Ogle Earth, Mashable! and TechSpot News
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Is MySpace Good for Society?  A Freakonomics Quorum  —  Two little words — “social networking” — have become a giant buzzphrase over the past couple of years, what with the worldwide march of Facebook and headline-ready stories about Web-assisted suicides.  So what's the net effect of social networking?
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge says use of MySpace may violate a court order
Nick Booth / Inquirer:
Swedish boffin turns mobile phone into electrocardiogram
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Layoffs Could Cost $25M
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving
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