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4:45 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.
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Like.com shows visual search works after all  —  Just six months ago, things weren't looking great for Like, a Silicon Valley company that offers visual search for shopping.  —  Its traffic wasn't going anywhere.  —  But suddenly, over four months, the company has tapped a robust number of users …
Discussion: ben barren
Reuters:
Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, end format war: source  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high definition DVDs, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research), a company source said on Saturday.
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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 …
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
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?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sonico: The Biggest Social Networking Site You've Probably Never Heard Of  —  Spanish language social networking site Sonico is the biggest social networking site you've probably never heard of before today.  If you haven't you wouldn't be alone, it has zero hits in Google News as I write this post.
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 …
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.
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Publish Blogger Posts to a Future Date
Discussion: InsideGoogle and The Last Podcast
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.
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
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
 
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Poor People More Likely Use Yahoo, Those Better Off To Use Google
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