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5:29 AM ET, April 22, 2011

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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.
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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.
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
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
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
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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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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Reuters
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?
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.
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.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft names new ad chief, reorganizes division  —  Microsoft, which has had a bit of a turnstile at the top of its online advertising business, just replaced its top boss.  The software giant today named Frank Holland to the job of corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft's global …
Discussion: Microsoft, SAI and GeekWire
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: SAI and GeekWire
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: @sacca
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: TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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.
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 …
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).
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 …
Discussion: Amazon.com and PC Magazine
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 …
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
 
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George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Verizon Selects Level 3 for 4G LTE Rollout
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
Meghan J. McDonough / LAPTOP Magazine:
Droid Charge Arriving On Verizon April 28th with Hefty $299 Price Tag
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Ramp Up Lobbying Spend In Q1 2011
Discussion: TechFlash and Adotas
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's iOS outdoes Android by 116% in Europe
Discussion: AppleInsider and SlashGear, Thanks:chronic
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Bing announces Read/Write World: expanding connections between maps and imagery
Discussion: Bing, Softpedia News and @dannysullivan
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
News.me's Social News Aggregator For The iPad Now Live On The App Store
The Dropbox Blog:
Privacy, Security & Your Dropbox
Discussion: PC World, Geek.com and PC Magazine
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ballmer memo: Microsoft plans unprecedented boost in employee compensation, simpler reviews
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon Looking Forward To ‘World’ iPhone