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5:05 AM ET, March 30, 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's Cloud Service Is A) Legal B) Illegal?  C) Probably Here To Stay  —  Amazon doesn't have paperwork from the music industry approving its new cloud music service.  Does it need it?  —  “Not at all!” says the e-commerce giant.  —  “Maybe?”  Says the music industry.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Amazon's Cloud Locker Really an Innovation?
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.
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Lisa Banks / cio.com.au:
Apple iPad will fail in the enterprise: Dell  —  Closed view, high price and complexity of iPad unappealing to CIOs, Dell claims  —  Despite the iPad's long lead in the enterprise market, Apple's tablet PC performer will not last long according to an increasingly bullish Dell.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Dell's desperation shows, says the iPad will fail in the enterprise  —  Dell has spoken.  They say that Apple doesn't have a hope of succeeding in the enterprise market with its iPad.  —  Andy Lark, Dell's global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organisations …
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer  —  Asher Moses  —  As virtually the entire consumer electronics industry throws its weight behind tablet computers, Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said today that he did not know whether …
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog
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.
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 …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-app Billing Launched on Android Market  —  [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem.  —Dirk Dougherty]  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Android Market In-app Billing to developers and users.  As an Android developer, you will now be able to publish apps …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Let There Be Monetization: Android's In App Billing Is Out to Consumers
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 …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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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Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Meet Edward Zuckerberg, the high-tech dentist (and Mark's father)  —  Edward Zuckerberg, who taught his son programming on the family's Atari 800, runs a dental office with Internet TV, iPods for patients and an implant fabrication machine.  And he uses a little marketing tool called Facebook.
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft begins distributing Windows 8 to OEMs via Connect  —  Microsoft has begun to distribute early copies of Windows 8 to key OEM partners, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is distributing build 7971.0.110324-1900 via the company's Connect external testing system.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Despite reports, Amazon's rumored tablet won't be called the Scratchpad  —  Speculation started flying around the web today that domains registered by Amazon last week suggested a name for the company's rumored tablet project: the Scratchpad.  —  Despite some reports suggesting that Amazon's …
Discussion: Fusible.com, Fortune, SAI and Electronista
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 …
Bloomberg:
Google Tests Fate in China as Mapping Application Deadline Looms  —  Google Inc.'s defiance of China's censorship rules resulted in the world's most popular search engine being pulled out of the country 12 months ago.  This year, the dispute may be spilling over to Gmail and maps.
Discussion: The Next Web
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
IE9 is the most energy-efficient modern browser, according to Microsoft's own testing  —  Of all the battlefields we've witnessed in the browser wars, this one's never really crossed our minds before: energy efficiency.  Yes, the power efficiency of a piece of software, not hardware …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android  —  The Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week.  Although the online retail giant's new software storefront still has some rough edges, it could eventually have significant ramifications for the entire Android ecosystem.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With Square In Its Sights, Intuit Readies A Tablet App For GoPayment  —  Mobile payments are finally taking off right now.  But it is not mobile wallets for consumers with NFC-chipped mobile phones leading the way.  It is payment apps for small merchants like those made by Square and Intuit's GoPayment.
 
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Microsoft Wants to Make Emails More Interactive: Partners with LivingSocial, Netflix, Posterous and Others
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 for Android, Allowing Users to Take the Power and Customization of Firefox Everywhere
Tianyu Wen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Commerce Search 3.0: You won't believe it's online shopping