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1:15 AM ET, April 22, 2011

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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon's Cloud Crashed Overnight, And Brought Several Other Companies Down Too  —  The Amazon Web Services status dashboard is reporting an ongoing failure of its EC2 service on its servers based in Northern Virgina.  Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit are reported to have been affected.
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Keith Smith / GeekWire:
Amazon.com's real problem isn't the outage, it's the communication  —  Guest Commentary: Like many companies running on Amazon's Web Services, BigDoor has been affected by the AWS outage today.  And like most startups, we are braced for bad stuff to happen, and we do our best to learn from the painful stuff.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Amazon gets ‘black eye’ from cloud outage  —  Analysts say downtime hurts Amazon, and cloud computing (see video below)  —  Computerworld - For a company that's known as the dominant player in the cloud market, Amazon's troubles on Thursday means a black eye for the company and for the cloud in general.
Discussion: @reddit and Network World
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple to beat Google on cloud music storage: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies' plans.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Difference Between Apple's Music Locker and Amazon's: Label Deals
Discussion: Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple floats iPhone ‘4S’ with A5 chip to select developers to prepare for next-gen iPhone  —  The iPad 2′s A5 processor not only is a speedy, dual-core chip, but also works to provide nine times the gaming performance of its predecessor, A4.  So, what's Apple to do for their best-selling gaming phone?
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple location tracker file: Congressman asks Steve Jobs to explain by May 12  —  Following widespread attention drawn by a file embedded on Apple iPhones and iPads that keeps a detailed log of the devices' location, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has sent Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung files patent suits vs Apple in Korea, Japan, Germany  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it had filed patent lawsuits against Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, a week after the world's top technology company claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
AT&T files T-Mobile merger documentation with the FCC — the highlights  —  AT&T formally kicked off the T-Mobile merger process today by filing its first supporting documents with the FCC.  At 381 pages, it's a monster — it lays out AT&T's groundwork for the merger, argues …
Discussion: GeekWire and SAI
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T Files Papers to Take Over T-Mobile USA's Wireless Licenses
Romil Patel / Venture Level:
Why Groupon Sucks For Merchants and LivingSocial Doesn't  —  It doesn't matter whether you like Groupon or LivingSocial as a consumer or not, because this post is discussing why Groupon is like dealing with a child, for merchants.  As many of you know, I own a few QSR (quick service restaurant) outlets.
Discussion: NewsGrange
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Japanese Company GREE Buys Mobile Social Gaming Platform OpenFeint For $104 Million In Cash  —  Mobile gaming startup OpenFeint, has been acquired by Japanese mobile gaming company GREE for $104 million in cash plus additional capital for growth of the OpenFeint platform.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Texas jury finds against Google in Linux patent case, determines damage award of $5,000,000  —  A jury in the Eastern District of Texas handed a verdict in favor of Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC, determining that Google infringes a Linux-related patent, that the patent is valid …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Silicon Valley Cashes Out Selling Private Shares  —  SecondMarket and its ilk allow investors and employees—including Facebook's—to convert pre-IPO shares into millions.  But is it healthy for startups?  —  Vince Thompson doesn't appear in any accounts of Facebook's early years.
Discussion: @sacca
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Obama attends private fundraiser in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — President Obama made one house call during his whirlwind visit to Silicon Valley this week.  —  He attended a private fundraiser at the San Francisco home of billionaire Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology that Utilizes Unique Magnetic Compass and Supersonic Tone Methodologies  —  In late 2009 Patently Apple reported that Apple was working on a new short-range wireless technology that would work with a newly proposed iTunes Kiosk.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
Caroline McCarthy:
Onward, to the Plex.  —  So I have some big news.  —  After five incredible years at CNET, I'm moving on.  May 6 is my last day; ten days later, I will join Google's New York office as a member of its fledgling Trends & Insights team.  I'll be doing a lot of writing, editing …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Google Takes Issue With Roku's YouTube Channel  —  While Roku doesn't offer an officially sanctioned YouTube channel, many of us have been enjoying that content through a “private” offering created by The Nowhereman.  In fact, he's such an exceptional developer, Roku brought him on as an employee (where he's known as Chris).
John Pletz / Chicago Business:
Groupon hires COO from Google  —  (Crain's) — Groupon Inc. didn't go far to find its new chief operating officer, hiring Google Inc.'s highest-ranking executive in Chicago, Margo Georgiadis.  —  Ms. Georgiadis, vice-president of global sales planning and technology for Google …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Allows You To Subscribe To Offers In Portland, New York City, San Francisco  —  It appears that Google's coupon service Offers, is live, starting in in Portland, Oregon.  You also have the ability to subscribe to deals in areas within New York City, Oakland and San Francisco.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates the Like Button's 1st Birthday By Showing Off Its Footprint  —  One year ago today at the f8 conference, Facebook released the Like button, its Open Graph social plugin for showing affinity for content on third-party websites.  The company has now tells us that the site …
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon Looking Forward To ‘World’ iPhone  —  During a conference call with analysts this morning to discuss Q1 results, announced this morning, Verizon Communications (VZ) management remarked that the next version of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone will be a “world phone,” capable of working with other carriers' networks.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
With Backing From Asia, New $100 Million “A-Fund” Targets the Android Ecosystem  —  Venture capital firm DCM is teaming up with several Asian mobile companies to launch a new $100 million investment fund aimed at companies that focus on creating products and services for Android.
Lucian Cionca / Google News Blog:
Automatic Personalization and Recommended Sections in Google News  —  Last summer we redesigned Google News with new personalization features that let you tell us which subjects and sources you'd like to see more or less often.  Starting today — if you're logged in — you may also find stories based …
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft names new ad chief, reorganizes division  —  Microsoft, which has had a bit of a turnstile at the top of its online advertising business, just replaced its top boss.  The software giant today named Frank Holland to the job of corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft's global …
Discussion: Microsoft, GeekWire and SAI
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ACLU concerned over Michigan State Police extracting data from cellphones  —  Michigan State Police officers, equipped with forensic cellphone analyzers, have extracted data from cellphones during their police work, and the American Civil Liberties Union wants to know more about it.
 
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Ryan Spoon:
Twitter Promotes Mobile Apps & SMS To Logged-Out Users. Smart.
Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
Blockbuster to Give Dish Network More Time to Decide Which Leases to Keep
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AMD Profit Exceeds Analysts' Estimates, Lifted by New Chips
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Ramp Up Lobbying Spend In Q1 2011
Discussion: Adotas and TechFlash
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's iOS outdoes Android by 116% in Europe
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:chronic
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Bing announces Read/Write World: expanding connections between maps and imagery
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Sells 100,000 Digital Subscriptions In Three Weeks
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HTC Sensation Arriving June 8th? Google Says Yes
Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Sign Definitive Agreement Ahead of Schedule