Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on five particular stories of interest today.
Amazon Server Trouble Takes Down Reddit, Foursquare & HootSuite
Some of Amazon’s AWS services are experiencing technical difficulties, causing downtime and latency issues with big social media sites such as HootSuite, Reddit and Foursquare.
President Obama Visits Facebook
President Barack Obama discussed the economy, technology, innovation and more during a packed town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday.
Apple Reports Record Earnings
Apple released its fiscal second quarter results Wednesday afternoon, reporting earnings of $6.40 per share on $24.67 billion revenue. iPad 2 demand has been particularly staggering, the company said.
NYT Sells 100,000 Digital Subscriptions
Mashable Follow Now Open To All
Mashable Follow, a new social layer at Mashable that lets users follow the topics and people that interest them, officially launched Wednesday.
- Google has rolled out a new and improved version of Google Analytics to all current Analytics users.
- Tim Hetherington, Oscar-nominated director of documentary Restrepo, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros, were killed in an attack on Misrata on Wednesday.
- Amazon.de has launched the German Kindle Store with more than 650,000 titles.
- Foursquare Day set a new record with more than 3 million checkins on 4/16.
- A new version of Friendly for Facebook, better known as the “Unofficial Facebook iPad App,” has arrived in the App Store [iTunes link].
- The Washington Post has taken the wraps off of its personalized, social news aggregator Trove.
- Amazon announced that Kindle users will be able to borrow ebooks from more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S. beginning later this year.
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