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.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, CNET News, Bits, The Register, Datamation, Social Media & Technology, VentureBeat, Gartner, @joestump, CNNMoney.com, L.A. Times Tech Blog, InfoWorld, Profectio, SlashGear, All about Microsoft Blog, @richardhenry, @spolsky, Data Center Knowledge, BetaNews, Betabeat, Business Wire, Tech Trader Daily, Electronista, Enterprise Irregulars, GeekWire, ZDNet, TechCrunch Europe, Poynter and Government Technology News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Amazon cloud outage derails Reddit, Quora
Claire Cain Miller / Bits: Amazon Cloud Failure Takes Down Web Sites
Quin Street Corporation / Datamation: Amazon Cloud Outage a Result of Network Error?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Amazon's cloud crash takes down Foursquare, Reddit and others
Joe Stump / @joestump: Headline you won't read today: “AWS bug exposes poor architectural choices made by hundreds of startups.”
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com: Amazon EC2 outage downs Reddit, Quora
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Amazon Web Services server problems affect Foursquare, HootSuite, Reddit
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog: Whether it's Amazon or Microsoft, there's (still) no foolproof cloud
Richard Henry / @richardhenry: Amazon: “SkyNet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.” http://j.mp/fKxKgg
Joel Spolsky / @spolsky: StackExchange is not on EC2, so we're not down right now. But if it'll make you feel better we'll take it down for a half hour
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Major Amazon Outage Ripples Across Web
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat: Are You Kidding Me? The Ratio Rocks.
Business Wire: Amazon experiencing troubles with cloud servers, Reddit and Quora among affected sites
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Amazon's Cloud Short-Circuits, Says CNet
Bob Warfield / Enterprise Irregulars: What to Do When Your Cloud is Down
John Cook / GeekWire: Massive failure at Amazon Web Services causes havoc for Quora, Foursquare and others
Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Amazon's N. Virginia EC2 cluster down, takes customers with it
Steve Myers / Poynter: Portions of New York Times, ProPublica sites disabled by Amazon server outage
Chad Vander Veen / Government Technology News: Amazon EC2 Outage Brings Down Numerous Websites
Keith Smith / GeekWire:
Amazon.com's real problem isn't the outage, it's the communication — Guest Commentary: 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: @reddit and Network World
The Reddit Alien / @reddit: Hey everyone. Hope this helps a bit: http://redd.it/gv5rs
Paul McNamara / Network World: Updated: Amazon says it's getting a handle on EC2 outage
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Amazon EC2 outage calls ‘availability zones’ into question
Amazon EC2 outage calls ‘availability zones’ into question
Discussion: Assembla Blog, justinsb's posterous, eWeek, Computerworld and InfoQ
Andy Singleton / Assembla Blog: Problems with Amazon EC2 is storage architecture
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Amazon EC2 Outage Disrupts Service at Quora, Reddit and Others
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld: Amazon cloud glitch knocks out popular websites
Michael Hunger / InfoQ: Major Outage on Amazons EC2 US-East Datacenter - Many sites affected
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.
Discussion: App Advice, MediaFile, MacRumors, GottaBeMobile, Ars Technica, Android Phone Fans, AppleInsider, SAI, TiPb, The Next Web, IntoMobile, BGR, TUAW, T3.com News, The Loop, GigaOM, TechSpot, MacStories, Engadget and Electronista
Lars Paronen / MediaFile: Tech wrap: Apple beats Google to the music cloud
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple's Cloud-Based Music Service Ready to Go?
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile: Apple To Place Second to Amazon in Race for Cloud Music Storage
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Report: Apple Will Beat Google in Race to Launch Cloud Music Serivce
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider: Apple's cloud-based iTunes music streaming service is ‘completed’ - report
Chris Oldroyd / TiPb: iTunes cloud storage and streaming service all ready for launch?
Andrew Munchbach / BGR: Reuters: Apple to beat Google to market with cloud music service
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: Apple's cloud music service ready for launch
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Report: Apple will beat Google to cloud music
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Report: Apple Set to Beat Google to Cloud Music Service
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Apple preparing to launch cloud-based music service
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Apple's Cloud Music Service Almost Ready to Launch?
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Reuters: Apple set to launch cloud-based music service ahead of Google
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?
Discussion: PC World, MacStories, SlashGear, Redmond Pie, TUAW, MacRumors, iLounge, iThinkDifferent, Edible Apple, TiPb, Crave, Electronista and Neowin.net, Thanks:saumil_747
Dan Moren / PC World: Remains of the Day: Location, Location, Location
Federico Viticci / MacStories: “Select Developers” Testing iPhone 4 Prototypes Running A5 Chip?
Chris Davies / SlashGear: iPhone 5 a World Phone with GSM/CDMA spills Verizon
Hamad Dar / Redmond Pie: iPhone 4S With A5 Processor Handed Over To Select Game Developers For Testing Ahead Of iPhone 5 Launch
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Apple seeding developers with A5-powered iPhones?
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: Game developers testing Apple A5-chip equipped iPhone 4?
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog: Report: Apple testing A5 iPhones with game devs
Piers Hausjell / Neowin.net: Apple sending iPhone 4S models to select developers
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, New York Times, AppleInsider, @percival, BGR, SAI, @falsestevejobs, AppleInsider, msnbc.com, Reuters, MacRumors, Tools, 9 to 5 Mac, Apple Bitch, eWeek, MacStories and Ars Technica
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: iPhone Tracking Issue Prompts Franken Letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Sean Percival / @percival: Just got my iPhone tracking report back from Apple. The results just say “You need to get out more...”.
Zach Epstein / BGR: Jailbreak app stops iPhone track-tracking in its tracks
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: CHART OF THE DAY: The iPhone Is Now Half Of Apple's Business
False Steve Jobs / @falsestevejobs: There's an easy way to disable your iPhone from secretly tracking you. Just keep a firm grip on it at all times.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider: iOS location tracking file likely a bug, Apple could address issue with next udpate
Helen A.S. Popkin / msnbc.com: Government officials want answers to secret iPhone tracking
Jay Yarow / Tools: Apple's iPhone Track-You-Everywhere Data A “Bug,” Or “Oversight,” Says Apple Guru John Gruber
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: Senator Al Franken takes the iPhone location tracking issue to Steve Jobs (UPDATE: Rep Ed Markey, too)
Fahmida Y. Rashid / eWeek: Lawmakers Demand Apple Clarify iPhone Tracking Capability
Federico Viticci / MacStories: iPhone Location Tracking A Bug To Be Fixed In Next iOS Update?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Rep. Ed Markey wants privacy answers from Steve Jobs (again)
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data
Apple, Google Collect User Data
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Why and How Apple Is Collecting Your iPhone Location Data
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.
Discussion: Mobilized, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal and MacRumors
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Samsung files patent countersuits against Apple
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal: Samsung Sues Apple on Patents
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.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange: Is Groupon Asking Merchants to Write Fake Yelp Reviews?
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 …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: AT&T Admits It Can't Handle The iPhone
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T Files Papers to Take Over T-Mobile USA's Wireless Licenses
AT&T Files Papers to Take Over T-Mobile USA's Wireless Licenses
Discussion: eWeek, Engadget, IntoMobile, AT&T Public Policy Blog, Computerworld, PC World, CNET News, Ars Technica, Ars Technica, BGR, GigaOM, mocoNews, Between the Lines Blog, WebProNews and Electronista
Sean Hollister / Engadget: AT&T tells FCC just how important T-Mobile is, in 381-page redacted document
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Sprint protests AT&T, T-Mobile deal again
Joan Marsh / AT&T Public Policy Blog: Public's Interest is in Improved Service, Expanded LTE Wireless
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld: AT&T, T-Mobile take first steps toward deal approval
Mark Sullivan / PC World: Sprint Spits Fire at AT&T-Mo FCC Filing
Kent German / CNET News: AT&T files merger papers with FCC
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: AT&T: T-Mobile users can keep their rate plans, devices
Zach Epstein / BGR: AT&T makes its case to the FCC regarding T-Mobile acquisition
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: AT&T to FCC: With T-Mo, We'll Be Better. Promise.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: AT&T files T-Mobile merger statement with FCC; Sprint still hates the deal
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: AT&T Files with FCC to Transfer T-Mobile 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 …
Christopher Trout / Engadget: Google ordered to pay $5 million in Linux patent infringement suit
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog: Idiotic Anti-Linux & Google Patent Decision
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google Blog: Google infringes on Linux patent: $5 million judgment
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Linux patent suit ruled against Google
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Loses Patent Case Over Linux Servers
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: Inside Mobile Apps, VentureBeat, TUAW, Social Markets and Xconomy
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps: Japan's GREE Picks Up Mobile-Social Gaming Network OpenFeint for $104 Million
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Japan's Gree buys OpenFeint mobile social game platform for $104M
Chris Rawson / TUAW: GREE buys OpenFeint for $104 million
Tomio Geron / Social Markets: Japan's Gree Snaps Up Mobile Gaming Start-up OpenFeint For $104 Million
Wade Roush / Xconomy: GREE Buys OpenFeint for $104M
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
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: Patent hints ultrasonic whispers and magnetic signatures for e-wallet iPhones
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Betabeat, Gawker, Epicenter and @dannysullivan, more at Mediagazer »
Rip Empson / TechCrunch: Google Hires A Tech Blogger? Caroline McCarthy Leaves CNET For The Search Giant
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat: Caroline McCarthy Out of the Tech Blogging Game; Heading to Googleplex
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan: @anildash no no. google finally gets social! heh.
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).
Discussion: GigaOM, Gadgetell, CrunchGear and @dannysullivan
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM: Google Forces Roku to Take Down Its YouTube Channel
Jeremy Hill / Gadgetell: Roku removes YouTube from its service
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: eMoney, VatorNews, TechCrunch, SAI, VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
Tricia Duryee / eMoney: It's Official: Groupon Has Hired Margo Georgiadis as COO
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Groupon hires Google exec to replace Solomon
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Groupon Hires Google VP Margo Georgiadis As COO
Marie C. Baca / VentureBeat: Groupon moves closer to IPO with COO from Google
Luisa Beltran / PE Hub Blog: peHUB Second Opinion
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
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook: Facebook Celebrates One Year Of The Like Button
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Facebook Celebrates Like Button's 1st Birthday
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.
Discussion: Electronista, paidContent, Digits, AppleInsider, IntoMobile, Ars Technica, CNET News, GottaBeMobile, eWeek, Gadgetell, Engadget, LAPTOP Magazine, Between the Lines Blog and MacRumors
Roger Cheng / Digits: Verizon CFO: Next IPhone To Be Global Device
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: Verizon exec suggests Apple's next iPhone will be a GSM-CDMA world phone
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Apple iPhone with 4G LTE won't land until 2012
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Verizon, AT&T sold less than 30% of iPhones shipped in 1Q 2011
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: Verizon CFO: Future iPhone to be ‘global’
Michelle Maisto / eWeek: Verizon iPhones, 4G HTC ThunderBolt Boosted First Quarter Results
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: The next iPhone will be a global device
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Verizon reports ‘strong’ Q1 earnings: $27 billion revenue, 2.2 million iPhone activations
K. T. Bradford / LAPTOP Magazine: Verizon Wireless Earnings Driven By iPhone 4, HTC Thunderbolt, and Other Smartphones
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Verizon Activates 2.2 Million iPhones in Q1 2011
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.
Discussion: @chrismessina, Yipit Blog, Mashable!, PC World, NetworkEffect, Search Engine Land, Gadgetell, Fast Company, GigaOM, PC Magazine, Betabeat, SlashGear, NewsGrange, CNET News, SAI, WebProNews, BetaNews, VentureBeat and Digits
Chris Messina / @chrismessina: Dear PDX friends, Google Offers is now beta in YOUR city. Sign up! http://j.mp/dNWb6h /cc @al3x @kveton @mtrichardson @ravenme #deals
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog: Look out Groupon: Google Offers Launches
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: Google's Groupon Competitor Goes Live
Lisa Greim / PC World: Google Says: 'If You Can't Buy Groupon, Beat ‘Em’
Jeremy Hill / Gadgetell: Google Offers beta begins in Portland, Oregon
Austin Carr / Fast Company: Google Launches Groupon Competitor, Groupon Poaches Google Exec For COO Job
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: ‘Google Offers’ Deals Beta Kicks Off in Portland
Ben Popper / Betabeat: Google Rolls Out Groupon Competitor in New York
Rue Liu / SlashGear: Google Rolls Out Groupon Competition With ‘Google Offers’ Beta Launch In Select Cities
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange: Google Offers is Coming to Portland, New York, Oakland and San Francisco
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Google launches Groupon competitor in Oregon
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Google Offers Beta Goes Live
Amir Efrati / Digits: Google's Groupon Rival Launches in NYC, Bay Area
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Venture Capital Dispatch, TechCrunch, Electronista, SAI and Quintura blog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Android startups get their own A-Fund from DCM
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch: DCM Sees Your iFund And Raises You An A-Fund
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Investors Start Taking Android Seriously, Set Up A $100 Million Fund For Apps
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and The Next Web
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land: Google News Gets A Bit More Personal
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 …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ACLU concerned over Michigan State Police extracting data from cellphones — Michigan State Police officers, equipped with forensic cellphone analyzers, have extracted data from cellphones during their police work, and the American Civil Liberties Union wants to know more about it.
Discussion: datasecurityblog.wordpress.com, ITworld.com, Network World, SOM, PC Magazine and Geek.com
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: Michigan State Police deny using cellphone data extraction devices in traffic stops
Jennifer Bergen / Geek.com: Michigan police can scan your phone's data in less than 2 minutes
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
Dan Moren / PC World: Dropbox Addresses Privacy Concerns
Lee Mathews / Geek.com: Dropbox responds to privacy outrage
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Dropbox Defends Privacy, Law Enforcement Policies