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11:15 AM ET, March 29, 2011

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Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android  —  Buy anywhere, play anywhere and keep all your music in one place  —  Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage - upgrade to 20 GB free with purchase of any MP3 album
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Amazon Cloud Player goes live, streams music on your computer and Android  —  Oh snap!  Look who just ate Apple's and Google's lunch here?  Amazon has just pushed out its very own music streaming service, dubbed the Amazon Cloud Player.  Existing customers can now upload their MP3 purchases …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Cloud Player Doesn't Work On iOS — But It's Not A Flash Issue  —  As you may have read by now, earlier tonight, Amazon dropped a bomb on their rivals in the online music space: a fully working cloud storage and playback system.  And it's not just working on desktop web browsers, it works on Android devices too.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Amazon Cloud Player: First Impressions  —  Amazon has made its entry into the music streaming world with Amazon Cloud Player.  Rather than stream a library of predetermined music (e.g. Pandora, Spotify), Cloud Player lets you upload your existing music library and stream it from any computer or Android device.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ZDNet and Changing Way
Nokia:
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple  —  Alleges Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all products  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents …
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Philg / Philip Greenspun's Weblog:
How did the New York Times manage to spend $40 million on its pay wall?  —  Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Legends Of The Fall, Apple Style  —  This past weekend, we broke the news that iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, was likely being released in the fall.  This would break the tradition of a summer release.  And we also noted that instead of a separate event in the early spring …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple not yet aligning iPhone 5 part suppliers, handset may miss fiscal 2011
IDC:
IDC Forecasts Worldwide Smartphone Market to Grow by Nearly 50% in 2011  —  The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features.  According to the International Data Corporation …
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New York Times:
Facebook Prepares to Add Friends in Washington  —  Facebook is hoping to do something better and faster than any other technology start-up-turned-Internet superpower.  —  Befriend Washington.  —  Facebook has layered its executive, legal, policy and communications ranks with high-powered politicos …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Evernote Makes Web a Priority With New Redesign  —  Evernote has recently rolled out significant changes to its various mobile and desktop applications (Kevin covered the iPhone update earlier this month).  Today another update brings a new, more robust and versatile experience to Evernote's web-based app …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Commerce Gets Updated With Instant Search, In-Store Availability, Recommendations And More  —  For the past two years, Google has offered Commerce Search, a hosted enterprise search product to power online retail stores and e-commerce websites.  While Google offers hosted enterprise search …
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Tianyu Wen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Commerce Search 3.0: You won't believe it's online shopping
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft Hunting Rustock Controllers  —  Who controlled the Rustock botnet?  The question remains unanswered: Microsoft's recent takedown of the world's largest spam engine offered tantalizing new clues to the identity and earnings of the Rustock botmasters.
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter:
‘Know Your Meme’ Acquired By Cheezburger in Seven-Figure Deal  —  By now, it's pretty clear there's a real business in the hocking of internet culture.  And when it comes to the business of documenting—and merchandising—the latest memes bubbling up from the internet's underbelly and straight …
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Ben Huh / Cheezburger Company Blog:
Know How To Pronounce “Meme”  —  Does “meme” rhyme with “Mimi”?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill  —  A couple years ago, we learned that you can't take music from the major labels and sell copies of it on your own Web site without a license.  Today we learned what happens if you try: A $950,000 penalty.  —  That's what BlueBeat.com …
Discussion: Guardian and Inquirer
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Elop Fights Nokia Traditions in Race to Ship Microsoft Phone  —  Every summer for the last four years while Apple Inc. (AAPL) shipped a new iPhone, Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) managers vacationed at their lake cottages in Finland.  —  “In mid-July, Nokia House is a ghost town,” said Adam Greenfield …
Discussion: SAI, IntoMobile and The Nokia Blog
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Amazon courting Apple's iOS developers to port apps to Kindle  —  Amazon is actively enticing Apple's iOS App Store developers to bring their efforts to the Kindle platform, particularly educational apps, in a strategy that attempts to push ebook readers up into competition with more sophisticated, general purpose tablets.
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Search-Oriented Sites Get Special New AdSense Format  —  Google has introduced a new version of AdSense aimed at making ads more relevant on search-oriented sites like a travel search engine, a job search site, or a product search site.  AdSense Custom Search Ads are targeted based upon …
Discussion: Inside AdSense
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: RealNetworks CEO Kimball resigns  —  Bob Kimball has resigned as president and CEO of RealNetworks, a little more than a year after succeeding founder Rob Glaser to oversee an attempted turnaround of the longtime Seattle technology company.  —  Glaser told GeekWire via phone …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
It's official: Sprint says AT&T's T-Mobile deal stinks  —  We knew that Sprint wasn't happy about AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, based on comments by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about the deal.  But the company today made it official, announcing that it will formally oppose the $39 billion combination.
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Twitter's own Top Tweets account retweets adult spam to 1m followers  —  This time last year, Twitter wrote a somewhat smug blog post trumpeting its success in tackling spam.  It had reduced the percentage of tweets that were spammy from a peak of almost 11 per cent in summer 2009 to less than 1 per cent in February 2010, it said.
 
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire
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