Today in Tech: iTunes cloud finished, tracking controversy intensifies

April 22, 2011: 8:45 AM ET

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HootSuite, a third-party Twitter app, was just one of the companies affected by Amazon's EC2 crash.

  • Amazon's EC2 cloud service crashed and continues to be problematic for some companies and services that rely on it. Affected businesses included Foursquare, Quora, HootSuite, SCVNGR, and Reddit, the last of which is still in "emergency read-only mode" due to what it's calling a"degradation" with Amazon. Company engineers are still working to completely fix the problem. (All Things D)
  • The device tracking controversy continues. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Apple and Google's smartphones regularly send user locations back to the companies as part of their strategy to build databases that take advantage of such info. According to one security analyst, an HTC Android phone collected data like location, a unique phone identifier, and info about nearby Wi-Fi networks, every few seconds and transmitted it over to Google several times each hour. (Wall Street Journal) More
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