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6:00 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  —  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
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist and Questions Unfold
Discussion: Techie Buzz and InfoQ
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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
 
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George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Ryan Spoon:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Celebrates the Like Button's 1st Birthday By Showing Off Its Footprint
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
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AMD Profit Exceeds Analysts' Estimates, Lifted by New Chips
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's iOS outdoes Android by 116% in Europe
Discussion: AppleInsider, SlashGear and Internet2Go, 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