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1:30 PM ET, April 29, 2011

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Amazon Web Services:
Summary of the Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS Service Disruption in the US East Region  —  Now that we have fully restored functionality to all affected services, we would like to share more details with our customers about the events that occurred with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud ("EC2") …
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Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
Amazon Details Last Week's Cloud Failure, and Apologizes  —  Amazon has released a detailed account of its terrible, horrible, no good very bad week, during which portions of its Amazon Web Services crashed in the US, and brought the operations of numerous other companies down with it.
Discussion: Electronista
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Amazon's Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers' Data
Discussion: Computerworld and Digital Trends
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hackers Claim to Have PlayStation Users' Card Data  —  Security researchers said Thursday that they had seen discussions on underground Internet forums indicating that the hackers who infiltrated the Sony PlayStation Network last week may have made off with the credit card numbers of Sony customers.
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Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
Sony evaluating possible goodwill gesture for PSN outage and breach
Reuters:
Sony faces global legal action over data theft
Discussion: Games blog and I4U News
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple utilizing ‘iCloud’ internally, service to be more than music  —  Apple has begun adopting the “iCloud” name within several products currently under development, suggesting the appropriately labeled moniker is indeed the frontrunner for the company's soon-to-debut Internet cloud service …
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yes, Apple Did Buy the iCloud.com Domain  —  Apple has indeed acquired the domain name iCloud.com from Sweden-based hybrid cloud computing outfit Xcerion.  Sources in position to know confirm that Apple bought the domain as GigaOm first reported Thursday, though they declined to say whether …
Alex Pham / Pop & Hiss:
Price war!  Amazon launches 69-cent MP3 store for top-selling tunes  —  Amazon.com, which is a distant No. 2 to Apple Inc. as a retailer of downloadable music, has upped the ante or, rather, lowered its prices to compete with iTunes.  —  The Seattle online company is now pricing select top-selling tunes …
Discussion: hypebot
Arn / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4 [Updated]  —  Earlier today, a MacRumors reader notified us that the white iPhone 4 is ever so slightly thicker than the black iPhone 4.  It's a small difference, but enough that the white iPhone 4 wouldn't fit in his Incase slider case:
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Why Can't Anyone Make A Popular Tablet?  —  I've been thinking a lot about the popularity of tablets and the problems manufacturers face coming up against the iPad.  The devices that we see here at CG are all pretty amazing - even the Playbook was a cool, if flawed, device - but no one device seems to be able to grab any traction.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew 20% In Q1 2011, Fueled By Smartphone Boom  —  According to research firm IDC, the global mobile phone market ballooned in the first quarter of this year, growing 19.8 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the meteoric rise of smartphone shipments, especially in emerging markets.
Google Mobile Blog:
Video Chat on Your Android Phone  —  Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say.  To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones.  —  You can now video or voice chat …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Unintended Consequences Of Google's $900 Million Nortel Patent Bid: Creating New Patent Trolls  —  A few weeks back, Google got a ton of attention for offering a $900 million bid for a bunch of Nortel patents.  Google made it pretty clear that it was seeking these patents largely to keep …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google sued over Android data location collection  —  Two Michigan women are suing Google over location data collected by Android devices, a week after Apple was named in a lawsuit citing privacy violations with the iPhone logging similar data.  —  The $50 million lawsuit against Google seeks …
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon to take away 1,249 jobs in S.C. over sales tax beef  —  The Alliance for Main Street Fairness criticized the tax deal.  —  Amazon.com has been on a hiring binge, and its need to open more fulfillment centers across the U.S. has been a big factor.  But the Seattle ecommerce giant …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Twitter Introduces Text Ads  —  Twitter is experimenting with sponsored text-ads on their website that show-up just after the “trends” section.  The first round of text-ads mainly promoted Twitter apps and other services built around the Twitter ecosystem but that is no longer the case.
Discussion: SAI and Mashable!, Thanks:labnol
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
What 44 Billion Mobile App Downloads by 2016 Means  —  Think the mobile app economy is a passing fad?  You might want to think again.  ABI Research reported Thursday that an estimated 44 billion mobile applications will be downloaded within the next five years.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay's PayPal Buys Mobile Payments Startup Fig Card  —  In its second acquisition in two weeks, eBay's PayPal unit has bought mobile payments startup FigCard.  Terms of the acquisition, which was announced on the PayPal blog, were not disclosed.  —  Boston-based Fig Card allows merchants …
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Acquisition Hints at Company's Approach to the Mobile Wallet
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts:
Some More On The Nokia Microsoft Partnership  —  Nokia Ääni blog, which is the Finnish equivalent of the Nokia Conversations blog, has just released in the past few days some interesting material regarding the Nokia Microsoft Partnership.  The information trickles from a video …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Cable Company iPad Apps Are Killing It  —  Today's Time Warner Cable earnings call revealed that its iPad app was downloaded 360,000 times during its first month of availability.  Cablevision revealed that it saw 50,000 downloads in the first five days of app availability, and when contacted by GigaOM …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Billboards suck.  Promote your company's jobs on Techmeme!  —  As you might have noticed, a hiring boom is underway in tech, leading to ballooning salaries, aggressive recruiting tactics, and finally, billboards.  [1, 2] Yes, billboards along Bay Area highways now pitch jobs to the small fraction …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Square To Beef Up Card Reader Security This Summer (And VeriFone Wasn't So Wrong, After All)  —  Yesterday was a big day for hot mobile payments startup Square.  The company announced that it received a strategic investment from Visa, giving the company a big stamp approval.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Results  —  Redmond, Wash. - Apr. 28, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Operating income, net income …
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Ash / MeeGoExperts:
Confirmed - LG / LGE to present prototype devices at May MeeGo Conference  —  Heres the title of a very “subtle” LG session title to be presented at next months MeeGo Conference held in San Francisco (May 23-25).  —  PORTING OF MEEGO ON LGE MULTIPLE SMART DEVICES AND INTRODUCTION ON LGE'S OPEN SOURCE CONTRIBUTION PLAN FOR MEEGO.
 
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Electronista:
HTC profits triple as it plans 11m phones for spring
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Instagram Spawns a Photo Ecosystem
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Intel SSD 720, 710 and 520 Series leak out, Larsen Creek and Paint Creek bring up rear guard
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechSpot and PC World
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Shazam gives Android users unlimited tagging in 2011, Shazam Friends
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
A Hint of What Google's Social Network Might Look Like?
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Redbox will offer $2 per day videogame rentals nationwide in June
Discussion: PC World, Seattle Times and VentureBeat
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
DSLReports says member information stolen
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Tumblr Apologizes to Danah Boyd, Restores Her Original Username
Discussion: danah boyd
Bloomberg:
Samsung Broadens Patent Dispute Against Apple With U.S. Suit
Tom Petersen / NVIDIA:
You Asked for It, You Got It: SLI for AMD
 

 
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