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3:25 PM ET, February 9, 2009

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Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Kindle 2  —  Kindle's Revolutionary Wireless Delivery and Massive Selection of Content — Now in a New Slimmer Design With Longer Battery Life, Faster Page Turns, Over 7X More Storage, Crisper Images and New Read-to-Me Feature  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Unveils Kindle 2-New Look, Same Price  —  Live from the Morgan Library in New York, Amazon unveils the second version of its much-hyped e-book.  I'll be updating live-as long as the Wi-Fi or Sprint's mobile broadband cooperates.  —  Packed house.  And... here's not Jeff Bezos, but an Amazon (AMZN) PR guy.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kindle 2 first hands-on! (updated with video and impressions)  —  The Kindle 2 is here folks — it should look pretty familiar at this point!  Feast your eyes on the photos.  We're building out with more photos and video, so stay tuned.  We played for the unit for the briefest of moments, but it really does feel great in hand.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Interview: Stephen King On Kindle: ‘This Device Will Not Replace Books’
Bryan Mawhinney / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Sync Beta for iPhone, WinMo and SyncML Phones  —  One of the hardest parts about switching phones is getting your address book and calendar to your new device.  We're making that process a little easier by releasing a beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones …
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:   At Last, Google Sync Comes to iPhone and Windows Mobile
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPhone Becomes a Web Server  —  When those Apple advertisements tout “there's an app for just about anything,” they aren't kidding.  The latest example?  A new iPhone application which just debuted in Japan's App Store transforms the handheld into a full-blown web server.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos to release Android phone / tablet  —  We're guessing we'll hear more about this at MWC, but TI just let loose a press release crowing about Archos's use of the OMAP3 processor in an upcoming “Internet Media Tablet” that runs on Android and also doubles as a phone.
Discussion: Electronista
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Gemini 9300 information, specs  —  First there was “Pluto,” then were was “Magnum,” but now we're talkin' about something totally different — Gemini.  What's Gemini you ask?  From what we've been told, the working model number is 9300, so that's BlackBerry 9300.
CNN:
Facebook flashmob shuts down station  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Thousands of dancers jammed a major London train station in a Facebook-driven “flashmob” mimicking an advertisement for a phone company.  —  And the event last Friday evening was so successful that another is planned …
Discussion: Mashable!, All Facebook and hypebot
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker wins legal round against Apple  —  Psystar can argue Apple abused copyright laws, judge rules  —  Computerworld) A federal judge last week ruled that Psystar Corp. can continue its countersuit against Apple Inc., giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Price For New Windows Mobile Backup: Free (MSFT)  —  Not a huge surprise: Microsoft (MSFT), whose Windows Mobile operatring system has been lagging compared to offerings from Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), and now Google (GOOG) as well, is set to introduce its own “app store” for Windows Mobile phones.
Discussion: Macworld, ReadWriteWeb and Ars Technica
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Bolster Cellphone Strategy
Discussion: CNET News, PC World and ChannelWeb
Cindy Geng / Interfax TMT China News:
Online store wrangling scuppers China Mobile iPhone talks  —  Beijing.  February 9.  INTERFAX-CHINA - China Mobile's insistence on administering the online sale of iPhone applications caused the breakdown of the operator's talks with Apple over bringing the iPhone to China …
PC Pro:
Windows 7 a non-Starter on netbooks  —  Microsoft's decision to limit Windows 7 Starter Edition to running only three concurrent applications could force up the price of netbooks in the UK.  —  The company announced last week that it was launching Windows 7 Starter Edition as a low-cost option designed specifically for netbooks.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Obsessable
beyond 140 for @lewmoorman:
Google's First Real Threat?  Twitter.  —  As Google's search share approaches 85%, there is constant debate over who could possibly challenge them.  Some mighty forces (e.g. Ballmer, Wales, Diller) have aligned against them, but the lead just keeps growing.  —  I have seen the threat.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Integrate ‘QuickTime Pro’ Features into Snow Leopard?  —  The latest Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard seeds suggest that Apple may be eliminating the ‘QuickTime Pro’ upgrade that is currently offered as a $29.99 upgrade to Mac users.  —  Apple has long reserved several additional features …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Brill's secret plan to save the New York Times and journalism itself  —  Turning Around The Times — And Journalism … Preambles:  —  A Business Model That Now Must be Flipped:  —  A business model that is based uniquely on expensive editorial quality but that derives revenue …
PC Pro:
Firefox exec: we don't want to be bundled with Windows  —  Firefox architect Mike Connor says he doesn't want the browser bundled with Windows, whilst launching a scathing attack on rival Opera's tactics.  —  Microsoft could be forced to bundle rival browsers with Windows …
Discussion: SitePoint
Clay Shirky:
Why Small Payments Won't Save Publishers  —  With continued turmoil in the advertising market, people who work at newspapers and magazines are wondering if micropayments will save them, with recent speculation in this direction by David Sarno of the LA Times, David Carr of the NY Times, and Walter Isaacson in Time magazine.
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Samsung TouchWiz 3D UI gets Update for MWC 2009  —  The Samsung TouchWiz smartphone UI runs for instance on the rather successful Samsung Omnia phone and according to Samsung TouchWiz is used already by 1 million users.  Today Samsung announced an update of the Touchwiz UI to debut at the Mobile World Congress 2009 next week.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Google's G1 phone makes it easy to track surfing habits  —  The new Google phone, dubbed the G1, has been touted as a working man's smartphone — a cheap, Web-friendly wireless device that can make life easier for millions of consumers.  —  The G1, as it turns out, also stands to make life …
Discussion: Network World
PC World:
Bargain Monday: $99 BlackBerry Storm on Amazon  — Still craving a BlackBerry Storm?  This might be the right time to get one.  Amazon has lowered the price of the BlackBerry Storm to $99 — albeit with a few catches.  This deal beats Verizon's own buy-one get-one-free offer …
Discussion: Music Ally and Gearlog
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Recommendation Systems: Interview with Satnam Alag  —  In a recent post, we looked at recommendation systems, briefly reviewing how Amazon and Google have implemented their own systems for recommending products and content to their users.  —  We had the opportunity to speak with Satnam Alag …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Jimmy Wales in drive-by shooting of Wikipedia  —  It seems there are now two memes about the modern net that are gradually becoming embedded in the public consciousness: (a) Twitter is a waste of time (thanks, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, etc - though of course Charlie Brooker would disagree …
Discussion: qwghlm.co.uk
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Offering Free Investment Advice by Anonymous Volunteers  —  Would you trust a Web site created by anonymous individuals to give you better advice on stocks than professional advisers?  Wikinvest hopes so.  —  Following the model of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit …
Discussion: Gadgetell
 
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