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12:25 PM 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.
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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Register and PC World
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  —  Android and Windows Phone will reign supreme in the smartphone market in the not-too-distant future, a new IDC report claims.  —  According to the market researcher, more than 450 million smartphones will ship in 2011, up from the 303.4 million units last year.
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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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Nokia can't stop suing: Files another ITC complaint against Apple
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 …
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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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 …
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).  Tuesday, another update brings a new, more robust and versatile experience …
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
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: Inquirer and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Official Vimeo for iOS app now available with impressive editing features  —  Vimeo, one of the first video sharing sites to support HTML5 video alongside YouTube, has finally released its official iOS application.  The free Vimeo app lets you upload, manage and watch your Vimeo clips …
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 …
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix Canada announces new bandwidth management settings for capped users  —  The second bit of news for Canadian Netflixers in less than 24 hours deals with the other pressing issue facing the service in the Great White North: bandwidth caps.  While they exist in the U.S. …
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”?
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.
 
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Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. considers variety of tech company tax breaks
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Search-Oriented Sites Get Special New AdSense Format
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Twitter's own Top Tweets account retweets adult spam to 1m followers
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows Thin PC public test build
Discussion: Inquirer and The Windows Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Payment Startup Stripe Backed By PayPal Founders
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Advertising Company Adap.tv Raises $20 Million
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire
Discussion: DSLreports and ZDNet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Ev Became “Less Involved” At Twitter Months Ago
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