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3:00 PM ET, November 19, 2007


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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Kindle Versus The iPhone  — 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 …
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.
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  — (NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Amazon debuts Kindle e-book reader  —  NEW YORK—"Why are books the last bastion of analog?"  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked an audience at New York's W Hotel in Union Square as he unveiled Amazon Kindle, the online-retail giant's new electronic book reader.  —  "Books have stubbornly resisted digitization," he elaborated.
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
15 Things I Just Learned About the Amazon Kindle
Discussion: Salon,, and Gadget Lab
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from the Amazon Kindle launch event
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle available now on Amazon — free EV-DO!
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.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple collecting your iPhone usage data?  —  It looks like Apple is tracking iPhone users data i ncluding IMEI number, IP address and stock quote preferences (amongst other things) through a hidden string in the and iPhone applications.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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.
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!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Goes Wikimapia, Lets The People Move The Map Points
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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.
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.
SyncTV Launches Beta of 'Unlimited Download' Service for TV Shows  —  Home-theater Quality Downloads Play Back on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs; TVs and Portable Players in Future  —  SyncTV ( today announced the private beta launch of its TV download service …
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.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
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.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Web Site for Pet Lovers, and Marketers Who Love Them  —  KNOWING that you can never underestimate people's love for their cats and dogs, NBC Universal and Procter & Gamble have set up a Web portal that looks something like a Yahoo or AOL for pet owners, with a bit of Facebook and MySpace thrown in.
USA Today:
Video, interactivity could nab Web users by '10  —  NEW YORK — Enjoy your speedy broadband Web access while you can.  —  The Web 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: Read/WriteWeb and DSLreports
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John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Jajah provides shortcut numbers for long-distance calls
Discussion: MobHappy, GigaOM and Roam4free
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung, AT&T announce A747 "SLM" flip
Discussion: Gizmodo, Orbitcast and IntoMobile
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Ibiza Rhapsody: A high-capacity MP3 player that does it all?
Discussion: Engadget
Parents of MySpace hoax victim seek legal recourse
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!
Discussion: Channel 9 and CNET
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Report: 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
 Earlier Items: 
Ministry bans Wikipedia editing
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AT&T Acquires Ingenio And Their Pay-Per-Call Network
AOL Introduces Video Ticker Ads
Financial Times:
Mobile internet is the next battleground
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
TinyURL Outage Illustrates the Service's Risks
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Retailers Explore New Ways of Being Paid
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Four controllers, $170, and a dream: a review of Rock Band
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
AMD Spider Platform Is Gaming Supercomputer or So They Say [Spiderpig]