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4:30 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Kindle Versus The iPhone  —  Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has created a reason to switch from bound paper books to bits — a device with a wireless connection able to download digital books on the go.  The problem: Low-cost laptops and smart phones, such as Apple's iPhone …
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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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging the Amazon Kindle E-Reader Show with Jeff Bezos  —  Amazon has summoned the NY press and blogger corp to the W Hotel on Union Square to watch Jeff Bezos unveil it electronic book reader, the Kindle.  We'll see if there is anything left to learn.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle available now on Amazon — free EV-DO!
Discussion: InfoWorld, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Secretly Tracking iPhone IMEI and Usage (with proof)  —  As I sit here applying a new layer of Reynolds tin foil to my international hat of conspiracy, its been proven that Apple tracks iPhone usage and tracks IEMI numbers of all their iPhones worldwide.
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple collecting your iPhone usage data?
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Denise Dubie / Computerworld UK:
Microsoft struggling to convince about Vista  —  Another survey highlights business concern about migration  —  The majority of IT professionals worry that migrating to Windows Vista will make their networks less stable and more complex, according to a new survey.
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Vista SP1 a Performance Dud  —  With the initial performance characteristics of Windows Vista leaving much to be desired (see our previous post on the subject), many IT organizations have put off deploying the new OS until the first service pack (SP1) is released by Microsoft early next year.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Windows Vista: The 'Eh' Starts Now  —  Good thing Microsoft's bottom line is largely unaffected by the poor reception given its new Windows Vista operating system.  Because according to two new surveys, Vista uptake isn't likely to improve much in 2008.  —  In a Forrester poll …
Discussion: CNET News.com, ZDNet and MSNBC
Seth LaForge / Google LatLong:
Think globally, mark locally  —  The last time I threw a party, I used the My Maps feature of Google Maps to tell my friends exactly how to find my house.  But if they'd just searched Maps on their own for my address and had gone to the marker location, they would have been partying in the middle of the street!
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Goes Wikimapia, Lets The People Move The Map Points
Discussion: WebProNews
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rumoursville: Google sniffing round Skype  —  It's been a while since the last juicy web business rumour, so this will do nicely.  —  Currently in favour around London's webbist community is the rumour that Google has been in negotiations to buy Skype, the web telephony firm, from eBay.
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 …
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Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone to get 3G in May 2008  —  Apple is asking for 30 per cent of subscriber revenue and can't provide enough iPhones for a Christmas 2007 launch in Spain, according to Spanish technology company SevenClick, which reports that it got the information from a senior manager at Telefonica.
Guardian:
Ministry bans Wikipedia editing  —  The Dutch justice ministry is to temporarily block its 30,000 employees from using Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, at work after a magazine reported that ministry computers had been used to edit more than 800 entries.
Discussion: Techdirt and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Magazine?  —  An interesting patent was granted to Google on November 8, titled "Customization of Content and Advertisements in Publications."  —  A number of blogs picked it up and speculated that Google may soon begin to offer users the ability to create customized, printed magazines from Internet content.
 
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Now let us praise the humble, jetless Google founders
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T, EchoStar Deal Nears
Free Software Foundation:
GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Open Source
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Jajah provides shortcut numbers for long-distance calls
Discussion: MobHappy, GigaOM and Roam4free
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Ibiza Rhapsody: A high-capacity MP3 player that does it all?
Discussion: Engadget
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
New MSN Messenger Trojan Spreading Quickly
CNET News.com:
Parents of MySpace hoax victim seek legal recourse
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!
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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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EFF, others ask Supreme Court to reinstate "patent exhaustion doctrine"
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Hollywood Faces A Swarm Of New Competitors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AT&T Acquires Ingenio And Their Pay-Per-Call Network
Financial Times:
Mobile internet is the next battleground
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
TinyURL Outage Illustrates the Service's Risks
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A Web Site for Pet Lovers, and Marketers Who Love Them
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