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2:55 PM ET, March 29, 2011

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Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android  —  Buy anywhere, play anywhere and keep all your music in one place  —  Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage - upgrade to 20 GB free with purchase of any MP3 album
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Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon Beats Apple, Google With Launch Of Unlicensed Cloud Music Locker & Player  —  (UPDATED) Overnight Amazon beat both Google and Apple to market with the launch of a freemium cloud based digital media locker and robust integrated music player that accesses stored tracks across multiple computers and Android devices.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Amazon's Cloud Locker Really an Innovation?  —  Amazon has just launched a suite of music products that allow users to store their tracks online and them stream them over the Web or to any Android device courtesy of the Amazon MP3 mobile application.  The launch has the tech world abuzz …
IDC:
IDC Forecasts Worldwide Smartphone Market to Grow by Nearly 50% in 2011  —  The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features.  According to the International Data Corporation …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Commerce Gets Updated With Instant Search, In-Store Availability, Recommendations And More  —  For the past two years, Google has offered Commerce Search, a hosted enterprise search product to power online retail stores and e-commerce websites.  While Google offers hosted enterprise search …
Discussion: Fortune, The Register, PC World and Macworld
Nokia:
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple  —  Alleges Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all products  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents …
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The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 for Android, Allowing Users to Take the Power and Customization of Firefox Everywhere  —  Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is excited to release Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android.  Firefox delivers an intuitive interface …
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Philg / Philip Greenspun's Weblog:
How did the New York Times manage to spend $40 million on its pay wall?  —  Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code …
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Twitter Founder Wants to Make Service More Mainstream  —  Making Twitter more useful for the average person — that's Jack Dorsey's first challenge as he returns to the company he founded, he said Tuesday. … “We have a lot of mainstream awareness, but mainstream relevancy is still a challenge …
Discussion: MediaMemo, SAI and ClickZ
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot goes on sale: $100 on contract  —  We'd heard March 31st for this thing, but hey — are we about to complain when it goes on sale early?  That would be a definitive “no,” and we're happy to report that Samsung's SCH-LC11 Mobile Hotspot with 1x, EV-DO Rev. A …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Microsoft Wants to Make Emails More Interactive: Partners with LivingSocial, Netflix, Posterous and Others  —  Microsoft wants to make emails more interactive and turn them into something akin to small web apps.  Today's emails mostly consist of static text or HTML and, for the most part …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill  —  A couple years ago, we learned that you can't take music from the major labels and sell copies of it on your own Web site without a license.  Today we learned what happens if you try: a $950,000 penalty.  —  That's what BlueBeat.com …
Discussion: Inquirer and Guardian
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix Canada announces new bandwidth management settings for capped users  —  The second bit of news for Canadian Netflixers in less than 24 hours deals with the other pressing issue facing the service in the Great White North: bandwidth caps.  While they exist in the U.S. …
New York Times:
Facebook Prepares to Add Friends in Washington  —  Facebook is hoping to do something better and faster than any other technology start-up-turned-Internet superpower.  —  Befriend Washington.  —  Facebook has layered its executive, legal, policy and communications ranks with high-powered politicos …
Discussion: Soshable and SAI
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Evernote Makes Web a Priority With New Redesign  —  Evernote has recently rolled out significant changes to its various mobile and desktop applications (Kevin covered the iPhone update earlier this month).  Tuesday, another update brings a new, more robust and versatile experience …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft forges ahead in healthcare, while Google said to pull back  —  Microsoft is moving full-steam ahead with its healthcare push, while Google may be pulling back — and possibly pulling out all together — from the electronic medical records space.  —  Up until early March …
Karen Freifeld / Bloomberg:
AT&T's T-Mobile Bid Draws New York Attorney General Review  —  AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA will undergo a “thorough review” by New York Attorney Eric Schneiderman for possible anti-competitive impact in the state.  —  AT&T said on March 20 that it agreed …
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Bloomberg:
Facebook Removes Page Calling for New Palestinian Intifada Against Israel  —  Facebook Inc. said it took down a page promoting a new Palestinian intifada against Israel because it made “direct calls for violence,” in violation of policies set forth by the social-networking site.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer slaps $1,200 price tag on dual-screen Iconia-6120 touchbook, lets US and Canada pre-order  —  Acer's had its fair share of Iconia's land in the past few months, but none are as breathtaking (and potentially world-changing) as the Iconia-6120.  Said machine was priced at €1,499 earlier in the year …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Official Vimeo for iOS app now available with impressive editing features  —  Vimeo, one of the first video sharing sites to support HTML5 video alongside YouTube, has finally released its official iOS application.  The free Vimeo app lets you upload, manage and watch your Vimeo clips …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook Hires Time Warner Ad Executive Mark D'Arcy
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. considers variety of tech company tax breaks
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Amazon courting Apple's iOS developers to port apps to Kindle
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Payment Startup Stripe Backed By PayPal Founders
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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Elop Fights Nokia Traditions in Race to Ship Microsoft Phone
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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