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1:00 PM ET, April 21, 2011

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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon's Cloud Crashed Overnight, And Brought Several Other Companies Down Too  —  The Amazon Web Services status dashboard is reporting an ongoing failure of its EC2 service on its servers based in Northern Virgina.  Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit are reported to have been affected.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Amazon EC2 troubles bring down Reddit, Foursquare, Quora, Hootsuite and more
Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Sign Definitive Agreement Ahead of Schedule  —  Key contributions to new global mobile ecosystem agreed and significant progress made on engineering of new products.  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Lees and Nokia's Oistamo Talk About Their Just-Signed Contract  —  Microsoft and Nokia are announcing today that the two companies have signed a definitive contract, fully committing each other to the partnership announced back in February.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops  —  When British programmers Alasdair Allen and Pete Warden took the stage at the Where 2.0 conference to unveil their work on iPhone location tracking, it was clear they had some big news on their hands.
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Alex Levinson:
3 Major Issues with the Latest iPhone Tracking “Discovery”  —  Today, two researchers for O'Reilly media published an article claiming discovery of a hidden tracking system on the iOS 4 operating system.  Using simple techniques, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden extracted data off …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Senator Asks Apple About Location-Tracking Issues as Experts Weigh In
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon activates 2.2 million iPhones in first quarter, 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts  —  Verizon delivered better-than-expected first quarter results and gave its tally of iPhone activations.  The company activated 2.2 million iPhones in the first quarter and 500,000 4G devices, including 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon Looking Forward To ‘World’ iPhone  —  During a conference call with analysts this morning to discuss Q1 results, announced this morning, Verizon Communications (VZ) management remarked that the next version of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone will be a “world phone,” capable of working with other carriers' networks.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's 92% earnings windfall: The bloggers nail it, the pros miss by a mile  —  The shortfall in iPad sales was one of the few categories the Street called correctly  —  Click to enlarge.  —  The Wall Street analysts who get paid to cover Apple (AAPL) got some things right.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Most Successful Store No One Cares About: Apple's iTunes Posts a Record $1.4 Billion Quarter
Discussion: Digital Daily
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ballmer memo: Microsoft plans unprecedented boost in employee compensation, simpler reviews  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  (Microsoft photo)  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning signaled a broad set of changes in how the company's employees are evaluated and compensated …
Peter Rojas / gdgt:
Amazon's tablet is coming, but what will it be?  —  It's something of an open secret that Amazon is working on an Android tablet and I am 99% certain they are having Samsung build one for them.  Does the world really need yet another tablet?  If it were anyone else, I'd say no …
Matt Haughey / A Whole Lotta Nothing:
Ev's assholishness is greatly exaggerated  —  There's been a bunch of stories lately about Ev Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter upon the occasion of him leaving Twitter to do his own thing.  Some are outright calling him an a**hole.  This Business Insider story of Noah Glass …
Discussion: Fast Company, @caro, @danprimack and Gawker
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
PlayBook Launch Better Than Expected: About 50,000 Units Sold  —  After mixed reviews detailing the unfinished state, not to mention the bugs and quirks that comprise RIM's new 7-inch tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, few expected yesterday's launch to be anything short of failure.
David / TmoNews:
HTC Sensation Arriving June 8th?  Google Says Yes  —  Let's just preface this right away with the idea that the June 8th date we are currently seeing as the rumored release for the HTC Sensation COULD be a Europe launch date.  We've been hearing June since the middle of March for the HTC Pyramid, now known as the HTC Sensation.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Page Sharing Service Bo.lt Lets You Copy, Edit And Share Almost Any Webpage  —  With $5 million in funding from Benchmark Capital, webpage sharing service Bo.lt launches today after about a year in private beta.  Like a “Bit.ly on steroids,” the service lets you paste any URL into its copy engine …
Popular Mechanics:
Should Cops Be Allowed to Scan Your Phone During a Traffic Stop?  —  In Michigan, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint alleging that Michigan State Police officers used forensic cellphone analyzers to snoop in drivers' cellphones during routine traffic stops.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple pulled Facebook integration from iOS 4, Media Stream is its replacement  —  Out of everything revealed in yesterday's white iPhone 4 prototype leak, a small settings pane titled ‘Facebook’ stuck to us the most.  The first thing that came to mind was that iOS 4 was supposed to include some Facebook integration.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk and Toshiba announce world's smallest NAND flash memory chips for tinier gadgets  —  20 nanometer manufacturing processes, you say?  We say pshaw, be gone luddite.  Sandisk and Toshiba just announced the latest product from their joint venture: a 19nm 64Gb (8GB) X2 memory chip …
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech jobs boom like it's 1999  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Some 20 recruiters sized up Scott Mersy as they would a star high school running back.  But instead of timing his 40-yard dash or checking his percentage of body fat, they were interested in his stats in cloud computing and online marketing.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Sites Retool for Google Effect  —  Burned by Google Inc.'s recent changes to its search formula, small businesses are experimenting with strategies to recover lost Web traffic while seeking out new ways to generate sales—some even scaling back daily operations.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: I Want People To Feel The Same About The Next Internet Breakthrough As They Did About The Moonwalk  —  Obama spent a considerable amount of time preaching to the choir at today's Facebook Town Hall event, first bringing up Intel founder and Hungarian immigrant Andy Grove as an example …
The Dropbox Blog:
Privacy, Security & Your Dropbox  —  Like many of you, we've been reading the reports about a change we made to our Terms of Service, and more generally about Dropbox's approach to privacy and security.  —  Everyone who works at Dropbox knows our most important asset is the trust of our users.
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Visa Launches Real-Time, Location-Based Discounts for Gap Customers
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Adds Facebook Comments To Search Results (But Why?)
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Nielsen Wire:
Privacy Please! U.S. Smartphone App Users Concerned with Privacy When it Comes to Location
comScore, Inc.:
In Europe, Apple iOS Ecosystem Twice the Size of Android When Accounting for Mobile Phones …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam 2.0 Lands on The iPhone
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Concern Grows Over Founders Cashing Out Too Much, Too Early
Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle versus Google patent trial likely by November
Discussion: Inquirer, PC World and TechEye
James Temple / SFGate:
Firefox developer to open San Francisco office
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Thanks:jasonlloren
Royal Pingdom:
The iPad already used more than Linux computers
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Curve Touch to be revealed at BlackBerry World; June-July launch
Discussion: SlashPhone, TmoNews and Know Your Cell
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Gawker's Traffic Numbers Are Worse Than Anyone Anticipated
Discussion: SAI