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11:25 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.
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times Paywall Meters All Google Visits, Not Just Search Visits  —  The New York Times launched its paywall globally today, and I've been putting the barrier through its paces.  Visits from search engines like Google, for convoluted reasons, are limited to five per day.
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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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 …
Tianyu Wen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Commerce Search 3.0: You won't believe it's online shopping  —  When we first introduced Google Commerce Search—our search solution for e-commerce websites—our focus was on improving search quality and speed to help online shoppers find what they're looking for.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Google Commerce Gets Updated With Instant Search, In-Store Availability, Recommendations And More
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC tickets spotted on eBay for $2,500  —  The news that WWDC 2011 tickets sold out in a matter of hours left me dumbfounded.  Hours, mind you, not days.  We're talking a geek conference here folks, not a Lady GaGa show.  I'm positive the achievement will deserve a funny remark during Steve Jobs keynote come June 6.
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Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
WWDC 2011 already sold out
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Cisco Buys Cloud Automation And Management Software Company newScale  —  Cisco this morning announced its intent to acquire newScale, a global provider of self-service and lifecycle management software for enterprise IT and private/hybrid cloud computing.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot goes on sale: $100 on contract
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Twitter's own Top Tweets account retweets adult spam to 1m followers
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire
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It's Official: Ev Became “Less Involved” At Twitter Months Ago
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