Over the last year, the technology sector has become enamored with the possibilities of the "cloud." That's the computing paradigm that allows consumers to forget about storing their software and data on local hard drives -- where it can be vulnerable to electrical surges and soft-drink spillage -- and let  companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft worry about keeping it safe, the Los Angeles Times reports. But last week, a hole was poked in the cloud's massive hype bubble. Microsoft Corp. and T-Mobile Inc., the respective maker and carrier of the Sidekick mobile device, acknowledged a "service disruption" that cut...

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