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3:30 AM ET, November 20, 2007

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Nick / Rough Type:
The Luddite dream of Jeff Bezos  —  Writes Jeff Bezos today, on the Amazon.com home page: … It's this decidedly old-fashioned experience - this pre-Web experience - that Bezos says he sought to replicate with Kindle, Amazon's pricey new ebook.  No reading-by-committee.  No the-crowd-is-the-author rigmarole.
Discussion: ct2, GracefulFlavor and Anil Dash
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
First Look: Amazon's Kindle Reader: The Gap Between Description and The Device  —  After today's festivities concluded, I eventually got a chance to sit down and play with Amazon's (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle.  The first thing to note is that the screen isn't like reading actual paper.
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
15 Things I Just Learned About the Amazon Kindle  —  • Its eBooks have DRM (filetype: .AZW), but it supports unprotected Mobipocket books (.MOBI, .PRC), .TXT files, HTML, and Word.  Some files can be transferred over USB, while others have to be emailed to the special per-device Kindle email.
Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Kindle  —  Revolutionary Portable Reader Lets Customers Wirelessly Download Books in Less Than a Minute and Automatically Receive Newspapers, Magazines and Blogs  —  No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle …
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:   Become a Kindle author
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Doesn't Send IMEI Information to Apple [Rumor Smashed]  —  OK, you can take your tinfoil hats off now.  German site Heise Online has tested Hackint0sh user XianLi's claims about the iPhone sending its IMEI to Apple while accessing the web.  According to Heise and other sources, this is not true:
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   And you will know us by the trail of our IMEI number
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Secretly Tracking iPhone IMEI and Usage (with proof)
Karl / DSLreports:
The Internet Ends in 2010 - Unless you give AT&T what they want  —  More warnings of a looming bandwidth apocalypse, this time from USAToday, who insists that the Internet "will start to seem pokey as early as 2010, as use of interactive and video-intensive services overwhelms local cable, phone and wireless Internet providers."
Discussion: IP Democracy and Nemertes Research
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Death Of The Internet Greatly Exaggerated (By Those Who Stand To Benefit)
Grant Gross / Macworld:
Study: Internet could run out of capacity in two years
John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Early Pulse Results: "Open" is Good for Business  —  When we launched the beta of Pulse in August, we made a strategic bet — that the market was ripe for an "open social network" (rather than yet another "walled garden").  —  The idea was that we could play a role in the emergence of a social web that was as open as the web itself.
Discussion: The Real McCrea and TechCrunch
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo: OpenSocial's been the gift that keeps on giving  —  Plaxo, the contact management site that branched into social networking with the launch of its Pulse site in August, is already singing the praises of Google's barely launched developer platform, OpenSocial.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Wal-Mart now giving away Blu-ray movies—with an 80GB PS3  —  If you thought you could escape this Blu-ray and HD DVD format back-and-forth nonsense, well, you were wrong.  It's actually just beginning!  This holiday season, both sides in the next-generation DVD battle are continuing to ratchet up the pressure on you lucky consumers.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Update: Wal-Mart's Saturday "Secret Sale" to Feature 80GB PS3 with 15 Free Movies
Discussion: TechSpot News
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
MySpace to Move Into Ad-Supported Music  —  NEW YORK MySpace is joining the search for a new business model for the music industry by enlisting the help of advertising.  —  Next March, fans of punk band Pennywise can go to stores to buy the group's ninth album.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Help me push this post up Techmeme  —  That headline is meant as a joke, by the way.  But like many jokes, it has some truth at the center of it.  Do I like to see my posts linked to on Techmeme?  Sure I do — and I get the sense that Fred Wilson does too, even though he's a fantastically rich …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
GPhone Pics!  Open-Source 'Bug' Can Run Android  —  Bug Labs founder Peter Semmelhack just gave us a peek at his company's prototype "open-source" mobile gadget, which should go on sale next month.  The "Bug" is essentially a Lego kit for geeks: A base unit can connect to modules like LCD touchscreens …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Valleywag
CNN:
Vodafone Gets Restraining Order On T-Mobile's iPhone Sales  —  DUESSELDORF -(Dow Jones)- The German unit of Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) has obtained a restraining order against Deutsche Telekom AG's (DT) T-Mobile unit prohibiting the German telecommunications giant from selling Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone in Germany.
The Morning News:
The Laptop Club  —  When I saw Amy Tiemann's blog post on CNET two months ago about a children's "laptop club," I asked her to send me some samples.  Many permission slips later, a package arrived in the mail bursting with construction paper—a wonderfully crafty collection of laptops designed …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Boing Boing, ct2 and Gadget Lab
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Outfit Pirates TorrentFreak  —  Today, BREIN published a press release (translated) full of half-truths in which they pride themselves over the recent move of SumoTorrent to Canada.  In the press release they refer to TorrentFeak as a "pirate weblog", and use a quote from an interview …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Viddler's New Tag-Based Advertising System  —  This past Thursday, Viddler launched an advertising system that lets companies and individuals overlay advertisements at variously tagged points within the videos it hosts.  The system is very similar to Google Adwords, except advertisements …
Discussion: Contentinople and The Blog Herald
 
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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Mark / dive into mark:
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
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Verizon:
Verizon Successfully Completes Industry's First Field Trial …
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Rick Allen / NVIDIA Press Room:
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Notebooks and servers continue to lift HP earnings
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 Earlier Items: 
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
TomorrowNow CEO resigns; SAP might sell unit
AnandTech:
Prices  —  It's surreal isn't it?  Is this how you pictured it?
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
More specs of Dell's Latitude XT tablet PC
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft will install Vista SP1 on your PC - if you live in Silicon Valley
Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Survey: Google search share climbs even higher
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone to get 3G in May 2008  —  Apple is asking for 30 per cent …
Denise Dubie / Computerworld UK:
Microsoft struggling to convince about Vista
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rumoursville: Google sniffing round Skype