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3:20 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.
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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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Allows You To Subscribe To Offers In Portland, New York City, San Francisco  —  It appears that Google's coupon service Offers, is live, starting in in Portland, Oregon.  You also have the ability to subscribe to deals in areas within New York City, Oakland and San Francisco.
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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Michael Kan / PC World:
China Is Apple's Fastest Growing Market for IPhone
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Discussion: PC World and Geek.com
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's iOS outdoes Android by 116% in Europe  —  According to a new study by market research firm comScore on Thursday, Apple's iOS is far outreaching that of Google's Android.  —  The results of the study show that iOS on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPads has a combined installed base of 28.9 million users.
Thanks:chronic
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comScore, Inc.:
In Europe, Apple iOS Ecosystem Twice the Size of Android When Accounting for Mobile Phones …
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 …
Caroline McCarthy:
Onward, to the Plex.  —  So I have some big news.  —  After five incredible years at CNET, I'm moving on.  May 6 is my last day; ten days later, I will join Google's New York office as a member of its fledgling Trends & Insights team.  I'll be doing a lot of writing, editing …
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.
John Pletz / Chicago Business:
Groupon hires COO from Google  —  (Crain's) — Groupon Inc. didn't go far to find its new chief operating officer, hiring Google Inc.'s highest-ranking executive in Chicago, Margo Georgiadis.  —  Ms. Georgiadis, vice-president of global sales planning and technology for Google …
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and BoomTown
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.
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 …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Bing announces Read/Write World: expanding connections between maps and imagery  —  Bing has been making a steady stream of announcements regarding the connection of maps to images for quite some time now, from geo-located PhotoSynths to Streetside and StreetSlide imagery to live video in maps …
Discussion: Bing, @dannysullivan and Softpedia News
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 and @danprimack
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer hits US on April 26th for $399  —  We recently deemed the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer the “best Honeycomb tablet yet.”  Admittedly that was before we got our hands on the T-Mobile G-Slate, but it's still an awfully nice hunk of glass, and now we know just how much you're …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Texas jury finds against Google in Linux patent case, determines damage award of $5,000,000  —  A jury in the Eastern District of Texas handed a verdict in favor of Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC, determining that Google infringes a Linux-related patent, that the patent is valid …
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
News.me's Social News Aggregator For The iPad Now Live On The App Store  —  As we reported in February, betaworks and the New York Times are collaborating to launch a socialnews reader for the iPad called News.me.  And we heard more details on the app as it readied for launch this week.
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.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The World's Largest Handset Vendor By Revenue
Discussion: MacRumors, Computerworld and IntoMobile
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Visa Launches Real-Time, Location-Based Discounts for Gap Customers
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Sells 100,000 Digital Subscriptions In Three Weeks
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Adds Facebook Comments To Search Results (But Why?)
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk and Toshiba announce world's smallest NAND flash memory chips for tinier gadgets
Discussion: Computerworld, TechEye, thinq_ and Inquirer
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech jobs boom like it's 1999
Electronista:
Foursquare co-founder makes unusual stop at Apple
Discussion: Edible Apple, 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Concern Grows Over Founders Cashing Out Too Much, Too Early
Discussion: SAI
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Sites Retool for Google Effect
Discussion: SAI
Royal Pingdom:
The iPad already used more than Linux computers
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: I Want People To Feel The Same About The Next Internet Breakthrough As They Did About The Moonwalk
Discussion: Adotas, Bits, PC World and Digital Trends