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11:50 PM ET, March 29, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's Cloud Service Is A) Legal B) Illegal? C) Probably Here To Stay
Discussion: Mobilized
Evan Williams / Evhead:
An Obvious Next Step  —  I'm a very lucky guy.  Over the past twelve years, I've had the good fortune to work on two huge projects that happened to be the right idea at the right time.  These ideas attracted brilliant, idealistic people to do the incredibly hard work of making them work for millions of other people across the globe.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Evan Williams Explains Why He's Leaving Twitter
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Mobile Payments in Next Windows Phone  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to include mobile-payment features in the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, part of an effort to narrow Google Inc.'s lead in smartphone software, two people familiar with the plans said.
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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Brad Lassey / Brad's blog:
Firefox for Mobile Performance Overview
Discussion: TechSpot
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
How fast is the Internet at Google?  Mind blowing.  —  For those of us who live in parts of the world where high speed Internet is still a luxury, there's a massive amount of jealousy that happens when we see huge numbers.  In a thread over on Reddit where members of Google's Chrome team …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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 …
Discussion: Business Wire and WebProNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail To Roll Out Ads That Learn From Your Inbox  —  Gmail is in the process of rolling out a new ad system that could prove to be quite powerful: ads that learn what you're interested in based on your email habits.  The feature first showed up in my Gmail account earlier this afternoon …
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Snake Escapes the Bronx Zoo and Appears on Twitter  —  @BronxZoosCobra's Twitter stream.  —  Last Friday, as New Yorkers droned through their morning commute, employees of the Bronx Zoo discovered something rather disturbing: An adolescent Egyptian cobra had gone missing from an exhibit enclosure at the zoo.
Discussion: The Wire, Speakeasy and SAI
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 …
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Meet Edward Zuckerberg, the high-tech dentist (and Mark's father)  —  Edward Zuckerberg, who taught his son programming on the family's Atari 800, runs a dental office with Internet TV, iPods for patients and an implant fabrication machine.  And he uses a little marketing tool called Facebook.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android  —  The Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week.  Although the online retail giant's new software storefront still has some rough edges, it could eventually have significant ramifications for the entire Android ecosystem.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk Guru is a new Google bot that lets you ask simple questions.  It's “an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports results, weather forecasts, definitions etc via chat.  It works on many popular chat applications that support Google Talk.”
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Despite reports, Amazon's rumored tablet won't be called the Scratchpad  —  Speculation started flying around the web today that domains registered by Amazon last week suggested a name for the company's rumored tablet project: the Scratchpad.  —  Despite some reports suggesting that Amazon's …
Discussion: SAI, Fortune and Fusible.com
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
REVEALED: Daring Fireball's Impressive Traffic Stats  —  A year and a half ago, we profiled John Gruber, whose Daring Fireball blog had become the “homepage for Mac nerds.”  —  Back then, the site was attracting about 2 million monthly pageviews on about 250,000 monthly unique visitors.
Discussion: @gruber
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google's Value To US Users And Advertisers Is Over $119B Per Year, According To Google  —  Google's Chief Economist Hal Varian took the stage today at Web 2.0 Expo to break down the totality of Google's yearly economic value in the US.  He spoke about two elements of value …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Electronista:
Android 3.0 catalog still stalled below 100 apps  —  A follow-up check by Second Gear developer Justin Williams has revealed Android 3.0's app catalog to have made little progress in the month since launch.  About 14 core apps are still truly native, while a total of 50 include both the native apps …
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
IE9 is the most energy-efficient modern browser, according to Microsoft's own testing  —  Of all the battlefields we've witnessed in the browser wars, this one's never really crossed our minds before: energy efficiency.  Yes, the power efficiency of a piece of software, not hardware …
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
IDC: Android, Windows Phone to rule mobile
Nokia:
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple