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6:55 AM ET, April 29, 2011

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Google Mobile Blog:
Video Chat on Your Android Phone  —  Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say.  To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones.  —  You can now video or voice chat …
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Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie:
Android 2.3.4 Confirmed Bringing Google Talk Video Calling To Nexus S. OTA Roll-Out In Next Few Weeks
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile
Amazon Web Services:
Summary of the Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS Service Disruption in the US East Region  —  Now that we have fully restored functionality to all affected services, we would like to share more details with our customers about the events that occurred with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud ("EC2") …
Discussion: SlashGear
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Zee / The Next Web:
Amazon (finally) issues an outright apology.  —  It's been almost two weeks since Amazon's EC2 and RDS service took a fall sending an enormous number of websites and web apps crumbling to their feet.  —  One of the biggest criticisms of the whole affair was Amazon's deafly silence.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Amazon's Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers' Data  —  In addition to taking down the sites of dozens of high-profile companies for hours (and, in some cases, days), Amazon's huge EC2 cloud services crash permanently destroyed some data.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hackers Claim to Have PlayStation Users' Card Data  —  Security researchers said Thursday that they had seen discussions on underground Internet forums indicating that the hackers who infiltrated the Sony PlayStation Network last week may have made off with the credit card numbers of Sony customers.
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Reuters:
Sony faces global legal action over data theft
Discussion: I4U News
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Results  —  Redmond, Wash. - Apr. 28, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Operating income, net income …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Shoe Drops: Apple Now More Profitable Than Microsoft Too  —  Just about a year ago, when Apple passed Microsoft in market cap, the Redmond loyalists were out in full force: that means nothing — look at the revenues!  When Apple passed Microsoft in revenues last October, it was: who cares — look at the profits!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Complete Guide To Watching And Tracking The Royal Wedding Online  —  For any of you caught up in the frenzy over the royal wedding between England's Prince William and Kate Middleton, we've collected a comprehensive list of where to watch the festivities online, where to find photos …
Arn / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4 [Updated]  —  Earlier today, a MacRumors reader notified us that the white iPhone 4 is ever so slightly thicker than the black iPhone 4.  It's a small difference, but enough that the white iPhone 4 wouldn't fit in his Incase slider case:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Becomes Jobmeme Too
Discussion: @eldon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Spotify Lands Major Studio Deals, Prepares To Launch Movie Service  —  Spotify continues to negotiate with Facebook over its long promised U.S. launch.  But that isn't the only thing the music streaming service has been up to.  They've negotiated a number of deals with major movie studios …
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Daniel Ek / @eldsjal:   No it ain't true. Media these days are funny. Soon I'll be reading that Spotify is launching a space rocket.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Team Up to Blow Up the Book  —  Former Apple engineers Kimon Tsinteris (left) and Mike Matas teamed up with Al Gore to create a new publishing platform called Push Pop Press.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  What do you do after working for Apple …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Godspeed on That Investing Thing, Yertle-But I Still Have Some Questions for Your Boss, Arianna  —  Would it surprise you to know that BoomTown doesn't really care anymore if TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington sidelines as a blogger while he makes investments in tech companies his tech news site covers?
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Arrington Says The Real Conflict Of Interest In Tech Reporting Has Nothing To Do With Money
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon to take away 1,249 jobs in S.C. over sales tax beef  —  The Alliance for Main Street Fairness criticized the tax deal.  —  Amazon.com has been on a hiring binge, and its need to open more fulfillment centers across the U.S. has been a big factor.  But the Seattle ecommerce giant …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Cable Company iPad Apps Are Killing It  —  Today's Time Warner Cable earnings call revealed that its iPad app was downloaded 360,000 times during its first month of availability.  Cablevision revealed that it saw 50,000 downloads in the first five days of app availability, and when contacted by GigaOM …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Logitech Makes a Measly $5M From Google TV  —  Logitech had a rough fourth fiscal quarter, with sales in Europe far below expectations, and the company's Google TV business not exactly helping to turn things around.  Logitech's Revue Google TV set-top box and periphery devices …
Discussion: SAI, Mashable!, Electronista and Engadget
Bloomberg:
Samsung Broadens Patent Dispute Against Apple With U.S. Suit  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of mobile phones, broadened its patent- infringement dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL) by suing the iPhone creator in the U.S. a week after making claims in Asia and Europe.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple is Designing a Great New Fitness Center App  —  On April 28, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various aspects of a newly advanced Fitness Center App that they've been working on for some time now.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Motorola DROID 3 Parts Show Up at Supplier, Targa Name Listed?  (Updated)  —  An apparent OEM parts re-seller has posted up what appear to be DROID3 screen and top half kits, which we've taken and compared to the few D3 pics that are in the wild.  Yep, I'd say these are definitely the same thing …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay's PayPal Buys Mobile Payments Startup Fig Card  —  In its second acquisition in two weeks, eBay's PayPal unit has bought mobile payments startup FigCard.  Terms of the acquisition, which was announced on the PayPal blog, were not disclosed.  —  Boston-based Fig Card allows merchants …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II review  —  If you don't already know all about the Samsung Galaxy S II, where have you been the past two months?  The successor to one of the most popular Android handsets to date carries a burden of expectations almost as sizable as its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation  —  Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app.  Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.
 
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