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6:10 PM ET, April 29, 2011

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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") …
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Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
Amazon Details Last Week's Cloud Failure, and Apologizes
Discussion: Electronista and Computerworld
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Amazon: Bad execution during planned upgrade caused outage
Discussion: PC World and The Next Web
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple utilizing ‘iCloud’ internally, service to be more than music  —  Apple has begun adopting the “iCloud” name within several products currently under development, suggesting the appropriately labeled moniker is indeed the frontrunner for the company's soon-to-debut Internet cloud service …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yes, Apple Did Buy the iCloud.com Domain  —  Apple has indeed acquired the domain name iCloud.com from Sweden-based hybrid cloud computing outfit Xcerion.  Sources in position to know confirm that Apple bought the domain as GigaOm first reported Thursday, though they declined to say whether …
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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Congress Has Questions for Sony About Attack  —  A House of Representatives subcommittee sent a letter to Sony on Friday asking for information about the attack on the Sony Playstation Network by hackers last week.  The gaming network has 77 million registered users.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Sony evaluating possible goodwill gesture for PSN outage and breach
Alex Pham / Pop & Hiss:
Price war!  Amazon launches 69-cent MP3 store for top-selling tunes  —  Amazon.com, which is a distant No. 2 to Apple Inc. as a retailer of downloadable music, has upped the ante or, rather, lowered its prices to compete with iTunes.  —  The Seattle online company is now pricing select top-selling tunes …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Verizon Plans To Put Location-Tracking Warning Sticker on Phones  —  Verizon tells Congress that it plans to put warning labels on phones (illustration from Verizon letter to Markey and Barton)  —  Though Apple and Google have become the whipping boys for location privacy …
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Mark Milian / CNN:
Delicious founder on site's potential: ‘The time has passed’  —  Mountain View, California (CNN) — More than five years after the social bookmarking website was sold to Yahoo for a reported $15 million, Joshua Schachter's Delicious is suddenly in the news again.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Every Single Person Should Take 30 Seconds to Opt-in to the Delicious Data Transfer
Zach Honig / Engadget:
HBO Go hits iOS and Android, free for subscribers  —  Don't ditch that premium cable subscription just yet.  The long-anticipated HBO Go app just hit the iOS App Store and Android Market, bringing original HBO series and a variety of blockbuster films to your mobile device.
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Bank Lets Customers Pay Friends By Bumping iPhones  —  ING Direct customers can now transfer payments to friends with the bump of a cellphone — no account numbers needed.  —  The bank released an updated version of its iPhone app [iTunes link] on Wednesday morning that integrates an API …
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Leaked Documents Show How The RIAA Plans To Spend The Limewire Settlement  —  The RIAA believes it is on the cusp of victory in its lawsuit against Limewire, thanks mainly to its large selection of damaging charts.  However, it seems to be expecting the worst, if these leaked documents are any indication.
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
That's what she said: Software that tells dirty jokes  —  Double entendres have been making us laugh since the days of Chaucer and Shakespeare, but up until now computers weren't in on the joke.  Chloé Kiddon and Yuriy Brun, two computer scientists at the University of Washington …
Discussion: Popular Science and The Escapist
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts:
Some More On The Nokia Microsoft Partnership  —  Nokia Ääni blog, which is the Finnish equivalent of the Nokia Conversations blog, has just released in the past few days some interesting material regarding the Nokia Microsoft Partnership.  The information trickles from a video …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew 20% In Q1 2011, Fueled By Smartphone Boom  —  According to research firm IDC, the global mobile phone market ballooned in the first quarter of this year, growing 19.8 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the meteoric rise of smartphone shipments, especially in emerging markets.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Confirms It Has Passed 200 Million Accounts, 70% of Traffic Now International  —  The number of people who have registered accounts on Twitter has now surpassed 200 million, a representative of the company said publicly yesterday.  Katie Stanton, Twitter's Vice President of International Strategy …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ITC judge rules against Elan in fight with Apple  —  (Reuters) - A judge at a U.S. trade panel ruled for Apple Inc in a patent fight with Elan Microelectronics Corp, the ITC said on Friday.  —  The full International Trade Commission must now rule on whether to accept or reject the decision of its administrative law judge.
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 …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Billboards suck.  Promote your company's jobs on Techmeme!  —  As you might have noticed, a hiring boom is underway in tech, leading to ballooning salaries, aggressive recruiting tactics, and finally, billboards.  [1, 2] Yes, billboards along Bay Area highways now pitch jobs to the small fraction …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Twitter Introduces Text Ads  —  Twitter is experimenting with sponsored text-ads on their website that show-up just after the “trends” section.  The first round of text-ads mainly promoted Twitter apps and other services built around the Twitter ecosystem but that is no longer the case.
Discussion: Mashable!, AllTwitter, SAI and MarketingVOX, Thanks:labnol
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Shipments of iPad-like tablets to be affected by component shortages  —  The global supply chain for tablet PCs is expected to brace for acute shortage of parts and components, including memory chips, gyroscopes, capacitors, chip-resistors, cover glass and even bismaleimide-triazine (BT) …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Intel touts 50Gbps interconnect by 2015, will make it work with tablets and smartphones too  —  Woah there, Mr. Speedy.  We've barely caught up with the 10Gbps Thunderbolt interconnect, debuted in the new Macbook Pro, and now Intel's hyperactive researchers are already chattering away about something five times faster.
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court: No Hacking Required to Be Prosecuted as a Hacker
Discussion: epic.org and madisonian.net
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AudioMicro Partners With Microsoft: Free Music, Sound Effects For Office 2010 Users
Ross Miller / This is my next:
Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 review: same skin, new frontier
Discussion: The Escapist and WinRumors
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nokia Siemens Closes $975M Acquisition Of Motorola Solutions' Wireless Network Assets
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
PopCap buys ZipZapPlay to expand games on Facebook
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft tool aims to help developers migrate iPhone applications to Windows Phone
Electronista:
HTC profits triple as it plans 11m phones for spring
Discussion: Reuters and PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Unintended Consequences Of Google's $900 Million Nortel Patent Bid: Creating New Patent Trolls
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Instagram Spawns a Photo Ecosystem
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Why Can't Anyone Make A Popular Tablet?
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
What 44 Billion Mobile App Downloads by 2016 Means
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Cable Company iPad Apps Are Killing It
 

 
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