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12:05 AM ET, April 22, 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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Keith Smith / GeekWire:
Amazon.com's real problem isn't the outage, it's the communication  —  Like many companies running on Amazon's Web Services, BigDoor has been affected by the AWS outage today.  And like most startups, we are braced for bad stuff to happen, and we do our best to learn from the painful stuff.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Amazon gets ‘black eye’ from cloud outage  —  Analysts say downtime hurts Amazon, and cloud computing (see video below)  —  Computerworld - For a company that's known as the dominant player in the cloud market, Amazon's troubles on Thursday means a black eye for the company and for the cloud in general.
Discussion: PC World, @reddit and Network World
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple to beat Google on cloud music storage: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies' plans.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   One Difference Between Apple's Music Locker and Amazon's: Label Deals
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple floats iPhone ‘4S’ with A5 chip to select developers to prepare for next-gen iPhone  —  The iPad 2′s A5 processor not only is a speedy, dual-core chip, but also works to provide nine times the gaming performance of its predecessor, A4.  So, what's Apple to do for their best-selling gaming phone?
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple location tracker file: Congressman asks Steve Jobs to explain by May 12  —  Following widespread attention drawn by a file embedded on Apple iPhones and iPads that keeps a detailed log of the devices' location, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has sent Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs …
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung files patent suits vs Apple in Korea, Japan, Germany  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it had filed patent lawsuits against Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, a week after the world's top technology company claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon activates 2.2 million iPhones in first quarter, 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
AT&T files T-Mobile merger documentation with the FCC — the highlights  —  AT&T formally kicked off the T-Mobile merger process today by filing its first supporting documents with the FCC.  At 381 pages, it's a monster — it lays out AT&T's groundwork for the merger, argues …
Discussion: GeekWire and SAI
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T Files Papers to Take Over T-Mobile USA's Wireless Licenses
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 …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Silicon Valley Cashes Out Selling Private Shares  —  SecondMarket and its ilk allow investors and employees—including Facebook's—to convert pre-IPO shares into millions.  But is it healthy for startups?  —  Vince Thompson doesn't appear in any accounts of Facebook's early years.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology that Utilizes Unique Magnetic Compass and Supersonic Tone Methodologies  —  In late 2009 Patently Apple reported that Apple was working on a new short-range wireless technology that would work with a newly proposed iTunes Kiosk.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
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 …
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 …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Google Takes Issue With Roku's YouTube Channel  —  While Roku doesn't offer an officially sanctioned YouTube channel, many of us have been enjoying that content through a “private” offering created by The Nowhereman.  In fact, he's such an exceptional developer, Roku brought him on as an employee (where he's known as Chris).
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates the Like Button's 1st Birthday By Showing Off Its Footprint  —  One year ago today at the f8 conference, Facebook released the Like button, its Open Graph social plugin for showing affinity for content on third-party websites.  The company has now tells us that the site …
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Japanese Company GREE Buys Mobile Social Gaming Platform OpenFeint For $104 Million In Cash  —  Mobile gaming startup OpenFeint, has been acquired by Japanese mobile gaming company GREE for $104 million in cash plus additional capital for growth of the OpenFeint platform.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Social Markets and Xconomy
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
With Backing From Asia, New $100 Million “A-Fund” Targets the Android Ecosystem  —  Venture capital firm DCM is teaming up with several Asian mobile companies to launch a new $100 million investment fund aimed at companies that focus on creating products and services for Android.
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.
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Obama attends private fundraiser in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — President Obama made one house call during his whirlwind visit to Silicon Valley this week.  —  He attended a private fundraiser at the San Francisco home of billionaire Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com …
Lucian Cionca / Google News Blog:
Automatic Personalization and Recommended Sections in Google News  —  Last summer we redesigned Google News with new personalization features that let you tell us which subjects and sources you'd like to see more or less often.  Starting today — if you're logged in — you may also find stories based …
Romil Patel / Venture Level:
Why Groupon Sucks For Merchants and LivingSocial Doesn't  —  It doesn't matter whether you like Groupon or LivingSocial as a consumer or not, because this post is discussing why Groupon is like dealing with a child, for merchants.  As many of you know, I own a few QSR (quick service restaurant) outlets.
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, Geek.com and PC Magazine
 
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Ryan Spoon:
Twitter Promotes Mobile Apps & SMS To Logged-Out Users. Smart.
Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
Blockbuster to Give Dish Network More Time to Decide Which Leases to Keep
Bloomberg:
AMD Profit Exceeds Analysts' Estimates, Lifted by New Chips
Discussion: VentureBeat and Computerworld
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Ramp Up Lobbying Spend In Q1 2011
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Bing announces Read/Write World: expanding connections between maps and imagery
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 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The World's Largest Handset Vendor By Revenue
Discussion: MacRumors and IntoMobile
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Sells 100,000 Digital Subscriptions In Three Weeks
Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Sign Definitive Agreement Ahead of Schedule