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1:30 AM ET, February 17, 2008

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Why S3 failed  —  Late last night, Amazon issued a statement explaining the cause of the problem that hobbled its S3 storage system yesterday morning.  It was not a hardware failure.  Rather, the service's authentication system, which verifies the identity of a user, became overloaded with user requests.
Reuters:
Toshiba to exit HD DVD, end format war-NHK  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is planning to stop production of equipment compatible with the HD DVD format for high-definition video, allowing the competing Blu-Ray camp a free run, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail task list feature spotted in the wild  —  One of the most requested features, that has been noticeably missing from Google Calendar and Gmail from the beginning, is a task list.  This feature has been on Google's own task list for a long time, but unfortunately it's long overdue.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
David Lawee New Head Of Google Corporate Development  —  If you are looking to sell your company to Google, David Lawee is the guy to be stalking.  Lawee, a source says, is the new Vice President of Corporate Development at Google, a spot that has been vacant since Salman Ullah, the previous VP …
Nick / Dial-a-Phone:
First Pictures of Alienware Android Cell Phone  —  Google and Dell are on the point of launching a new mobile phone to run on the Android operating system, probably at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona that's going on at the moment.  Dell have tried to enter the mobile phone market once …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Revision 3's hot new studio  —  You've heard of Diggnation or the GigaOm show, right?  Well, my friend Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision 3, the folks who do a range of Internet video shows, including Diggnation, invited me over for their 4 p.m. Friday video afternoon.  —  On the screen?
Stacy Cowley / Fortune Small Business:
EBay seller boycott set to start Monday  —  Ebay sellers plan a weeklong strike to protest changes to the site's fee, search and feedback policies.  —  (FORTUNE Small Business) — Activists opposed to eBay's (EBAY, Fortune 500) upcoming fee and policy changes are readying …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung's See'N'Search set-top TV / Internet box demo video  —  Samsung's See'N'Search set-top box that intelligently and automatically pulls content from the internet to match whatever TV show is on sounded nice enough, but we wanted to see it in action.  Apparently the good people at Samsung …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, A Feed Is Born and Mashable!
DCEmu The Home of Homebrew and Emulation News:
Dark-AleX Time Machine Released  —  From Dark-AleX, A gift to you. … Download and Give Feedback Via Comments  —  There are 25 comments to this article  —  For more information and downloads, click here!  —  The DCEmu Homebrew and Gaming Network  —  Welcome to the DCEmu Homebrew and Gaming Network.
Discussion: Engadget, Download Squad and Gizmodo
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
11 Things To Know About Semantic Web  —  1. You don't need to apologize for calling it Web 3.0.  Of course the Web does not upgrade in one go like a company switching to Vista.  But there is a definite phase transition from current technologies.  My personal Web 3.0 definition is …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Appeal of the MacBook Air  —  A month after its debut at Macworld Expo and a few weeks after it began shipping to customers, there seem to be an awful lot of people doubting the sales prospects of the MacBook Air.  I remain convinced, however, that it's going to be a big hit.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PRQ Fire Takes Down Several Torrent Sites  —  A fire at Swedish hosting company PRQ, owned by two of the founders of The Pirate Bay, brought down numerous torrent sites earlier today.  Whilst it didn't take out The PirateBay's site, it did take down several of their ancillary activities, as well as other BitTorrent sites hosted there.
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Nick Booth / Inquirer:
Swedish boffin turns mobile phone into electrocardiogram
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org