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9:25 AM ET, April 22, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Google Inc.'s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
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Pete Warden / O'Reilly Radar:
iPhone tracking: The day after  —  I don't think either of us were expecting to see this story strike such a nerve.  There's been some amazing detective work from researchers across the web, and so here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions.
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 …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist and Questions Unfold  —  Amazon Web Services disruption issues are now in a second day as engineers work to get the last of the availability zones restored.  —  Meanwhile, the customers affected spent the day talking …
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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
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Amazon EC2 outage calls ‘availability zones’ into question
Discussion: Computerworld
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon's Cloud Crashed Overnight, And Brought Several Other Companies Down Too
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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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.
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?
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facts Should Be Free: SimpleGeo Puts 20 Million Places in the Public Domain  —  If this week's Where 2.0 conference is proof of anything, it's that developers are excited about creating location aware mobile apps.  One of the biggest barriers to creating a place-aware app, however, is getting the ball rolling - you need place data.
Discussion: SimpleGeo
Marshall Heyman / Heard & Seen:
Re-Tweeting (Not-So) Humble Promoters  —  In response, Harris Wittels, a standup comedian and a writer on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation,” created a Twitter feed called Humblebrag, which compiles examples of the offense.  For instance, after he won his Academy Award for “Toy Story 3 …
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.
Discussion: NewsGrange
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.
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: SlashGear, Neowin.net, TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Ryan Spoon:
Twitter Promotes Mobile Apps & SMS To Logged-Out Users.  Smart.  —  A little over a year ago, I wrote about Facebook's post-logout promotion of Facebook Mobile - which helped to significantly increase iPhone usage (+20% in a week).  —  Meanwhile, another giant social / mobile player is now doing the same.
Discussion: The Next Web
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Verizon Selects Level 3 for 4G LTE Rollout  —  Level 3 Backbone will help Verizon Wireless handle growing demand for rich media and video applications.  —  Level 3 Communications, Inc. is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support …
DigiTimes:
Apple shipment shortfall prompts cut in 2011 iPad shipment forecast, says IHS iSuppli  —  Manufacturing issues at Apple led to a shortfall in iPad 2 shipments in the first quarter, prompting IHS iSuppli to reduce its forecast for 2011.  IHS iSuppli now forecasts Apple will ship 39.7 million units …
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Kindle for Android now optimized for Honeycomb tablets  —  Kindle news is everywhere today.  Amazon is wrapping up the day with a new version of Kindle for Android tailored for tablet computers running Honeycomb.  —  The much more graphically-heavy app has a revamped layout not just for e-books …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ebullient VCs pour $6.4B into 661 companies in Q1  —  Can you feel the froth?  Investment in U.S. venture-backed companies rose 35 percent in the first quarter, according to a report by Dow Jones VentureSource.  Venture firms invested $6.4 billion into 661 deals in the U.S. during the quarter.
 
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
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Facebook Celebrates the Like Button's 1st Birthday By Showing Off Its Footprint
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AT&T files T-Mobile merger documentation with the FCC — the highlights
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Ramp Up Lobbying Spend In Q1 2011
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's iOS outdoes Android by 116% in Europe
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John Pletz / Chicago Business:
Groupon hires COO from Google
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