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4:55 PM ET, February 16, 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.
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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Toshiba pulling the plug on HD DVD already?  - Yup it's over.  —  Japan's NHK has followed up The Hollywood Reporter's earlier indications Toshiba was ready to dump its money-losing HD DVD business, with news that the company is prepared to cease manufacturing software and hardware, at a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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New York Times:
Taps for HD DVD as Wal-Mart Backs Blu-ray  —  SAN FRANCISCO — HD DVD, the beloved format of Toshiba and three Hollywood studios, died Friday after a brief illness.  The cause of death was determined to be the decision by Wal-Mart to stock only high-definition DVDs and players using the Blu-ray format.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Signal vs. Noise and Scobleizer
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 and Mashable!
Republican National Convention 2008:
2008 Republican National Convention Names Official Innovation Provider  —  (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) - Embracing technology that will propel the 2008 Republican National Convention to the forefront of the digital age, the GOP today announced that Google Inc. will serve as the Republican National Convention's Official Innovation Provider.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Poor People Use Yahoo, Those Better Off Use Google  —  New data released by Hitwise yesterday shows that the difference between those using Yahoo and Google can be shown by the wealth of each user.  —  The graph right demonstrates “Online Representation” based on demographic types.
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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: Download Squad, Gizmodo and Engadget
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
Jason Wilson / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Scheduled Posts  —  We've often heard that sometimes you'd like to write a post now and have it automatically published at some time in the future.  We listened, and are pleased to say that this feature is ready for you to try out on Blogger in draft.
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Dork Talk  —  In the early 90s, I made a pilgrimage to Boulder, Colorado, where the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers had established a research lab to contemplate the future of newspapers.  It was rumoured that they were developing a “tablet” - that is, a portable screen about the size …
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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Eliot Brown / New York Observer:
Apple Is Building on 34th, But Will It Set Up Shop?
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge says use of MySpace may violate a court order
Nick Booth / Inquirer:
Swedish boffin turns mobile phone into electrocardiogram
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patentability Of Business Model And Software Patents Comes Under Court Scrutiny
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Ranking using Indiana University's user traffic
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
stickK Allows You To Put A Contract On Yourself
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Lawsuit claims Google stole idea for Sky layer in Earth
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun turns to Neil Diamond for Amazon utility ‘killer’
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Layoffs Could Cost $25M
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Is MySpace Good for Society? A Freakonomics Quorum
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving
Discussion: GigaOM, Engadget, SlashGear and Slashdot