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3:40 AM ET, November 20, 2007


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Nick / Rough Type:
The Luddite dream of Jeff Bezos  —  Writes Jeff Bezos today, on the 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.
Joseph Weisenthal /
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.
Mark / dive into mark:
The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts)  —  Act I: The act of buying … Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author's Guild, 2002 … Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007  —  Act II: The act of giving … Richard Stallman, The Right to Read … Newsweek, The Future of Reading  —  Act III: The act of lending
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.
Introducing Amazon Kindle
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Become a Kindle author
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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
Tom Krazit / CNET   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
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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Plaxo: OpenSocial's been the gift that keeps on giving
Discussion: Mashable!
Fred / A VC:
Techmeme: A Cautionary Tale  —  I've been thinking about writing this post for the past several weeks as I watched this blog drop from high 40s on the techmeme leaderboard to the 50s, to the 60s, to the 70s, and now as of this weekend, off of it completely.  Yes, my ego hurts when this blog …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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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.
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
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
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Black Friday Bonus Doorbusters Announced [Black Friday]  —  Just as we suspected, Best Buy has been holding out on us with the Black Friday Dealios.  Top of the list of these Bonus Doorbuster deals is a notebook, a Toshiba A135-7404 for $229 that will also include a Canon all-in-one printer.
Discussion: PC World
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
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, DailyTech and TechSpot News
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.
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 …
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Notebooks and servers continue to lift HP earnings
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Microsoft will install Vista SP1 on your PC - if you live in Silicon Valley
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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