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5:35 PM ET, March 29, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Amazon faces backlash over “music locker” service  —  (Reuters) - A new Amazon.com Inc service that lets customers store songs and play them on a variety of phones and computers is facing a backlash from the music industry that could ignite a legal battle.  —  Amazon's Cloud Drive …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacDailyNews
Tianyu Wen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Commerce Search 3.0: You won't believe it's online shopping  —  When we first introduced Google Commerce Search—our search solution for e-commerce websites—our focus was on improving search quality and speed to help online shoppers find what they're looking for.
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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, Macworld and PC World
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: Fortune, SAI, Marketing Pilgrim and ClickZ
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A: Twitter's Jack Dorsey on Priorities, Products and Getting Punched in the Stomach  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey made news yesterday when he officially came back to his old company as a product boss.  —  So it would be unfair to expect him to make more news today …
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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Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Meg Whitman to join Kleiner Perkins  —  Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO who got trounced in the race for California governor last November, has a new career plan: Venture capital with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Meg Whitman, who is in Hawaii until Wednesday with her neurosurgeon husband Griff Harsh …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Square Investor Deletes Tweet: “To Do Two Things At Once Is To Do Neither”  —  Yesterday, Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced he was also going to take a job at Twitter and become executive chairman in charge of product.  —  Last night, one of Square's top investors …
Discussion: WebProNews and FierceMobileContent
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
IDC: Android, Windows Phone to rule mobile  —  Android and Windows Phone will reign supreme in the smartphone market in the not-too-distant future, a new IDC report claims.  —  According to the market researcher, more than 450 million smartphones will ship in 2011, up from the 303.4 million units last year.
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IDC:
IDC Forecasts Worldwide Smartphone Market to Grow by Nearly 50% in 2011
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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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 …
Dave Beckett / Digg Blog:
How Digg is Built  —  Digg has substantially rebuilt our infrastructure over the last year in what we call “Digg V4”.  This blog post gives a high-level view of the systems and technologies involved and how we use them.  Read on to find out the secrets of the Digg engineers!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows ‘Vail’ server to manufacturing  —  Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Home Server 2011 product, codenamed “Vail,” company officials said on March 29.  —  TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download the final WHS 2011 bits in early April …
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund  —  Editor's Note: This is part two in an in-depth series exploring the ramifications of the explosion of late stage capital being raised by the Valley's elite venture firms.  For part one, go here.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:marklavine
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. …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Checking In Off the Couch: GetGlue Adds Sports Check-Ins, Foursquare Integration  —  The social network GetGlue is rolling out its largest release of the year today, with a redesigned website and iPhone app.  That redesign, particularly in the case of the website, will help make it easier …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst Warns of Global iPademic  —  With iPad 2 hopefuls still queuing outside Apple stores each morning, more than two weeks after the device's U.S. launch, and international demand causing widespread stock-outs abroad, analysts who follow Apple are scrambling to adjust their iPad sales and earnings-per-share estimates.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacDailyNews
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Nintendo 3DS Carries $100.71 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Physical Teardown Reveals  —  Nintendo's groundbreaking 3DS handheld gaming system carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $100.71, according to a preliminary physical dissection of the product conducted by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service.
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: Guardian
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 …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Special Delivery for All: Message Bus Launches Email Service  —  The co-founders of Webshots and Twitter's early infrastructure and operations lead have started a new email services company called Message Bus that's already backed with more than $3 million from True Ventures and Polaris Ventures.
Discussion: Message Bus and TechCrunch
 
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Electronista:
Android 3.0 catalog still stalled below 100 apps
Discussion: carpeaqua, I4U News and Daring Fireball
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: @gruber
Bloomberg:
Facebook Removes Page Calling for New Palestinian Intifada Against Israel
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook Hires Time Warner Ad Executive Mark D'Arcy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft forges ahead in healthcare, while Google said to pull back
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. considers variety of tech company tax breaks
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft Hunting Rustock Controllers
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Search-Oriented Sites Get Special New AdSense Format
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Virtual Fix for ‘Broken’ Gift-Card Business
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Twitter's own Top Tweets account retweets adult spam to 1m followers
Discussion: MediaPost and PC World
New York Times:
Facebook Prepares to Add Friends in Washington
Discussion: Soshable, MediaPost and SAI