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7:35 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
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Amazon: Bad execution during planned upgrade caused outage
Discussion: InfoWorld 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
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Every Single Person Should Take 30 Seconds to Opt-in to the Delicious Data Transfer  —  Earlier this week it was announced that Yahoo is selling social bookmarking service Delicious to the founders of YouTube and their new company called Avos.  After the announcement was made …
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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.
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Shares Some Big Square Numbers: 341,688 Readers Shipped, $137M Total Flow  —  Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey just tweeted a photo of the company's internal dashboard, and, aside from looking very sexy, it's boasting some impressive numbers.  Among them: Square has shipped 341,688 …
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Jack Dorsey / @jack:   Wow. @Square has already processed over $2,000,000 in card payments today (and it is far from over)! http://t.co/z8IeMcH http://t.co/BDTDAuk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-Backed Milanoo Appears To Be Gaming Search Results With Link Spam  —  As we saw from retailer JC Penney's recent downfall in search rankings, using ‘black hat’ SEO tactics and gaming search is considered deceptive and ‘tantamount to cheating’ by Google.
Discussion: @dannysullivan and SEO Book.com
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Contact Companies About Google Investigation  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is alerting high-tech companies to gather information in preparation for a probe of Google Inc. (GOOG)'s dominance of the Internet search industry, three people familiar with the matter said.
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.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Facebook takedown followup: what happened, and what Facebook needs to fix  —  Facebook has reinstated a number of sites' Facebook pages that were taken down due to bogus copyright claims this week.  The company issued an apology for the inconvenience and says that DMCA notice abuse is an issue …
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) …
 
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