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8:00 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
David Lawee New Head Of Google Corporate Development  —  If you are looking to sell your company to Google, David Lawee is the guy to be stalking.  Lawee, a source says, is the new Vice President of Corporate Development at Google, a spot that has been vacant since Salman Ullah, the previous VP …
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 …
Stacy Cowley / Fortune Small Business:
EBay seller boycott set to start Monday  —  Ebay sellers plan a weeklong strike to protest changes to the site's fee, search and feedback policies.  —  (FORTUNE Small Business) — Activists opposed to eBay's (EBAY, Fortune 500) upcoming fee and policy changes are readying …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Toshiba pulling the plug on HD DVD already?  - Yup it's over.  —  Japan's NHK has followed up The Hollywood Reporter's earlier indications Toshiba was ready to dump its money-losing HD DVD business, with news that the company is prepared to cease manufacturing software and hardware, at a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Revision 3's hot new studio  —  You've heard of Diggnation or the GigaOm show, right?  Well, my friend Jim Lauderback, CEO of Revision 3, the folks who do a range of Internet video shows, including Diggnation, invited me over for their 4 p.m. Friday video afternoon.  —  On the screen?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
11 Things To Know About Semantic Web  —  1. You don't need to apologize for calling it Web 3.0.  Of course the Web does not upgrade in one go like a company switching to Vista.  But there is a definite phase transition from current technologies.  My personal Web 3.0 definition is …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Appeal of the MacBook Air  —  A month after its debut at Macworld Expo and a few weeks after it began shipping to customers, there seem to be an awful lot of people doubting the sales prospects of the MacBook Air.  I remain convinced, however, that it's going to be a big hit.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail task list feature spotted in the wild  —  One of the most requested features, that has been noticeably missing from Google Calendar and Gmail from the beginning, is a task list.  This feature has been on Google's own task list for a long time, but unfortunately it's long overdue.
Discussion: ParisLemon
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, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
 
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