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5:45 PM ET, April 23, 2011


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George Reese / O'Reilly Media:
The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment  —  So many cloud pundits are piling on to the misfortunes of Amazon Web Services this week as a response to the massive failures in the AWS Virginia region.  If you think this week exposed weakness in the cloud, you don't get it …
Discussion: Slashdot and PC World
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Project Cafe: The Tech Behind Nintendo's Next Console  —  New pricing, hardware, design, and release information uncovered.  —  More details of Nintendo's forthcoming console, codenamed Project Cafe aka Wii 2, have been revealed to IGN, including the system's estimated pricing, release …
Matthew Lewis / Reuters:
Wal-Mart tests online grocery delivery in California  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has begun testing an online grocery delivery service in San Jose, California, a company spokesman said on Saturday.  —  The world's biggest retailer had been rumored to be considering dipping its toe …
Mickeypapillon / The Cell Phone Junkie:
iPhone 5 will be CDMA + GSM, iPhone 6 to include LTE with Qualcomm MDM9615  —  During its earnings call this week, Apple CFO Tim Cook answered questions about the future of LTE in the Cupertino company's devices.  Cook said: … So looking at the next generation of hardware …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cloud computing market: $241 billion in 2020  —  The global cloud computing market will grow from a $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020, according to Forrester Research.  —  On the way to all of this growth are a few notable nuggets from the report.
Discussion: Digits and Forrester Research
Michael Eisen / it is NOT junk:
Amazon's $23,698,655.93 book about flies  —  A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence's The Making of a Fly - a classic work in developmental biology that we - and most other Drosophila developmental biologists - consult regularly.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
The Terrifying Tale Of FarmVille Billionaire Mark Pincus's Alleged Stripper Stalker  —  In February, Zynga CEO and founder Mark Pincus filed for a restraining order against Vera Svenchina, an amateur filmmaker and former stripper from Russia.  —  In a declaration to a court in San Francisco …
Discussion: Mercury News, Reuters and NBC Bay Area
Amanda Green / Hunch Blog:
Mac vs. PC: A Hunch Rematch  —  Our latest data project was to analyze how self-described Mac and PC people are different.  The infographic below, designed by the talented folks at Column Five Media, breaks it down.  Keep reading after the Infographic for more background and analysis …
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
The PlayBook Might Get Access To Hulu After All  —  Hulu wasted no time in blocking the PlayBook's Flash-enabled browser from viewing videos on  —  While it wasn't a huge surprise, it was a bummer for those of us who got a taste of how awesome Hulu looked on the PlayBook.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms external attack brought down PlayStation Network  —  Sony acknowledged today that its PlayStation Network online entertainment service was brought down by an external intrusion, according to a blog post this evening.  —  The network has 70 million registered users …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Firefox 4 Hits 100 Million Downloads After A Month  —  Mozilla released its new Firefox 4 exactly a month ago today and within a day it had more than twice as many downloads as Internet Explorer 9 after its launch.  Some where around midnight tonight the browser build will hit 100 million downloads …
Gadget Lab:
Why You Should Care About the iPhone Location-Tracking Issue  —  An unencrypted file stored in iPhones and iPads records a user's location data.  An open source application was used to plot the location data from an iPhone belonging to a reporter.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Thanks:mj_isaac
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Universal iPhone Unlocking Service CutYourSim Goes Dark... And Apple Might Be Behind It [Exclusive]  —  A unique service offering to unlock any GSM iPhone, no jailbreaks required, has suddenly shut down, leaving many customers awaiting refunds.  Increased scrutiny from Apple may very well be responsible …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   Two iPhone unlocking stores call it quits
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Climbs Toward 700 Million Users Worldwide, With Steady Growth in the US
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Seeks New Round At $500 Million Valuation
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ValueClick To Acquire Mobile Ad Network Greystripe
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 at 18 Months
 Earlier Items: 
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix's days without competition may be numbered
Discussion: MediaMemo
Mark Dochtermann / YouTube Blog:
An update on Google Video - Finding an easier way to migrate Google Video content to YouTube