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Submission + - Palm Pre users suffer cloud computing data loss (appleinsider.com)

DECS writes: Palm Pre users have been hit by a new cloud sync failure resulting in lost contacts, calendar items, notes and tasks, which now means that virtually every major smartphone vendor has suffered significant cloud problems: Apple's MobileMe last year, Nokia's Ovi and Microsoft's Danger/Sidekick this year, and additional rolling outages suffered by BlackBerry and Google users. Will vendors dial back cloud-only sync, or at least begin providing more robust local sync and restore features along the lines of the iPhone's iTunes sync? Windows Mobile and Android are still pursuing designs that, like the Pre, expected users to fully rely on central cloud servers rather than defaulting to a local backup option.

Submission + - Apple develops TuneKit Framework for iTunes LP and (roughlydrafted.com)

DECS writes: "RDM looks inside the bonus content files Apple is selling as iTunes LP albums and Extras movies, and discovers Apple has created a JavaScript framework for creating HTML/CSS/JS web standards-based interactive content. It's called TuneKit, and like MobileMe's SproutCore, it proves that you don't need proprietary web plugins like Flash or Silverlight to build rich media. Even more interesting is the evidence that Apple is secretly targeting a new wave of iTunes LP and movies content for use on Apple TV."

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