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8:50 PM ET, March 29, 2011

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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Amazon faces backlash over “music locker” service  —  (Reuters) - A new Amazon.com Inc service that lets customers store songs and play them on a variety of phones and computers is facing a backlash from the music industry that could ignite a legal battle.  —  Amazon's Cloud Drive …
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Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon Beats Apple, Google With Launch Of Unlicensed Cloud Music Locker & Player  —  (UPDATED) Overnight Amazon beat both Google and Apple to market with the launch of a freemium cloud based digital media locker and robust integrated music player that accesses stored tracks across multiple computers and Android devices.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Amazon's Cloud Locker Really an Innovation?  —  Amazon has just launched a suite of music products that allow users to store their tracks online and them stream them over the Web or to any Android device courtesy of the Amazon MP3 mobile application.  The launch has the tech world abuzz …
Evan Williams / Evhead:
An Obvious Next Step  —  I'm a very lucky guy.  Over the past twelve years, I've had the good fortune to work on two huge projects that happened to be the right idea at the right time.  These ideas attracted brilliant, idealistic people to do the incredibly hard work of making them work for millions of other people across the globe.
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
Discussion: Fortune and The Register
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A: Twitter's Jack Dorsey on Priorities, Products and Getting Punched in the Stomach  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey made news yesterday when he officially came back to his old company as a product boss.  —  So it would be unfair to expect him to make more news today …
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Twitter Founder Wants to Make Service More Mainstream  —  Making Twitter more useful for the average person — that's Jack Dorsey's first challenge as he returns to the company he founded, he said Tuesday. … “We have a lot of mainstream awareness, but mainstream relevancy is still a challenge …
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 for Android, Allowing Users to Take the Power and Customization of Firefox Everywhere  —  Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is excited to release Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android.  Firefox delivers an intuitive interface …
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Mobile Payments in Next Windows Phone  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to include mobile-payment features in the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, part of an effort to narrow Google Inc.'s lead in smartphone software, two people familiar with the plans said.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Square Investor Deletes Tweet: “To Do Two Things At Once Is To Do Neither”  —  Yesterday, Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced he was also going to take a job at Twitter and become executive chairman in charge of product.  —  Last night, one of Square's top investors …
Discussion: WebProNews and FierceMobileContent
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk Guru is a new Google bot that lets you ask simple questions.  It's “an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports results, weather forecasts, definitions etc via chat.  It works on many popular chat applications that support Google Talk.”
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Snake Escapes the Bronx Zoo and Appears on Twitter  —  @BronxZoosCobra's Twitter stream.  —  Last Friday, as New Yorkers droned through their morning commute, employees of the Bronx Zoo discovered something rather disturbing: An adolescent Egyptian cobra had gone missing from an exhibit enclosure at the zoo.
Discussion: The Wire and Speakeasy
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Meg Whitman to join Kleiner Perkins  —  Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO who got trounced in the race for California governor last November, has a new career plan: Venture capital with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Meg Whitman, who is in Hawaii until Wednesday with her neurosurgeon husband Griff Harsh …
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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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
IDC: Android, Windows Phone to rule mobile
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Demonstrators Protest Tax Exemptions Outside Of Twitter HQ  —  Protesters holding hashtag decorated signs reading “Shame On Twitter” and “Respect Our Communities” gathered outside of Twitter headquarters at 795 Folsom this morning to protest what they see as an unfair requests for a tax exemption …
Discussion: AllTwitter
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Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. considers variety of tech company tax breaks
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
How fast is the Internet at Google?  Mind blowing.  —  For those of us who live in parts of the world where high speed Internet is still a luxury, there's a massive amount of jealousy that happens when we see huge numbers.  In a thread over on Reddit where members of Google's Chrome team …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
REVEALED: Daring Fireball's Impressive Traffic Stats  —  A year and a half ago, we profiled John Gruber, whose Daring Fireball blog had become the “homepage for Mac nerds.”  —  Back then, the site was attracting about 2 million monthly pageviews on about 250,000 monthly unique visitors.
Discussion: @gruber
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot goes on sale: $100 on contract  —  We'd heard March 31st for this thing, but hey — are we about to complain when it goes on sale early?  That would be a definitive “no,” and we're happy to report that Samsung's SCH-LC11 Mobile Hotspot with 1x, EV-DO Rev. A …
Dave Beckett / Digg Blog:
How Digg is Built  —  Digg has substantially rebuilt our infrastructure over the last year in what we call “Digg V4”.  This blog post gives a high-level view of the systems and technologies involved and how we use them.  Read on to find out the secrets of the Digg engineers!
Electronista:
Android 3.0 catalog still stalled below 100 apps  —  A follow-up check by Second Gear developer Justin Williams has revealed Android 3.0's app catalog to have made little progress in the month since launch.  About 14 core apps are still truly native, while a total of 50 include both the native apps …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Microsoft Wants to Make Emails More Interactive: Partners with LivingSocial, Netflix, Posterous and Others  —  Microsoft wants to make emails more interactive and turn them into something akin to small web apps.  Today's emails mostly consist of static text or HTML and, for the most part …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail To Roll Out Ads That Learn From Your Inbox  —  Gmail is in the process of rolling out a new ad system that could prove to be quite powerful: ads that learn what you're interested in based on your email habits.  The feature first showed up in my Gmail account earlier this afternoon …
Discussion: Google Operating System and SAI
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple's ‘App Store trademark’: A farce of Jobsian proportions
Discussion: GeekWire and Electronista
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Messenger Censors FilesTube Links
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Nintendo 3DS Carries $100.71 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Physical Teardown Reveals
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Special Delivery for All: Message Bus Launches Email Service
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Analyst Warns of Global iPademic
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:marklavine
Bloomberg:
Facebook Removes Page Calling for New Palestinian Intifada Against Israel
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft forges ahead in healthcare, while Google said to pull back
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Official Vimeo for iOS app now available with impressive editing features
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill