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8:05 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.
Discussion: MacStories and parislemon
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Amazon Cloud Player: First Impressions
Discussion: ZDNet
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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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC
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
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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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
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Ev Became “Less Involved” At Twitter Months Ago  —  Today's return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now.  When he handed over the CEO reigns …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Color App Hack Lets You Spy On Anyone's Photos Anywhere  —  For anyone sketched out by the privacy implications of Color, the highly hyped, highly funded, and highly public iOS and Android social media app that launched last week, now would be a good time to ratchet your creep-o-meter up another notch or two.
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.
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: IntoMobile
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Nokia can't stop suing: Files another ITC complaint against Apple  —  Nokia on Tuesday said it filed another complaint with the International Trade Commission alleging that Apple infringes on its patents across its entire product line.  —  In a statement, Nokia said that latest suit focuses …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows Thin PC public test build  —  Microsoft has made available for download, as of March 28, the first Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build.  —  Although the final product will be available only to Software Assurance volume licensees …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Payment Startup Stripe Backed By PayPal Founders  —  There isn't much information out there about Stripe, a new payments startup cofounded by brothers Patrick Collison and John Collison (last seen selling their startup Auctomatic to Live Current Media for $5 million).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @paisano
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.
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.
Discussion: TG Daily and App Advice
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Virtual Fix for ‘Broken’ Gift-Card Business  —  Google, Qualcomm, and First Data are moving to replace cumbersome plastic gift cards with digital cards that should be easier to spend, even via mobile phones  —  Megan Kendrick, an editor in Phoenix, just discovered 12 plastic gift cards stashed …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Predicting iPhone sales for dummies  —  Apple's second fiscal quarter has just ended.  Time for analysts to put forward their predictions for the quarter's report (due in about 3 weeks.)  If history is a guide, the estimates will range quite widely and accuracy will be determined mostly …
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
WWDC 2011 already sold out  —  In less than 10 hours since it was announced, tickets for Apple's annual developer's conference, WWDC have already sold out.  We hope you were lucky enough to get yours in time.  —  WWDC 2011 already sold out originally appeared on TUAW on Mon …
Discussion: IntoMobile, 9 to 5 Mac and Joystiq
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire  —  AT&T has admitted that it clipped the wings of its 4G network and is the reason that two recently released phones, the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G, have dismal upload speeds.  Carrier reps on Facebook have promised …
Discussion: DSLreports, ZDNet and Phones Review
 
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