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7:15 AM ET, February 10, 2009

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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Shhh: Whispersync could be the real news out of Kindle 2  —  Syncing of e-book readers with other mobile handsets may be on the way  —  Computerworld) The introduction of “Whispersync” technology may well be the bigger technology news from Amazon.com Inc., which announced its Kindle 2 e-reader today in New York.
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Geoffrey Fowler / Digits:
Bezos On Amazon's Gadget Ambitions
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
E-book expansion stalled by price
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana, Crave and Engadget
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kindle 2 first hands-on! (updated with video and impressions)
New York Times:
Amazon in Big Push for New Kindle Model
Discussion: BloggingStocks and www.gulker.com
New York Times:
Google Taking a Step Into Power Metering  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will announce its entry Tuesday into the small but growing business of “smart grid,” digital technologies that seek to both keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce electrical energy consumption.
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Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Power to the people  —  Imagine how hard it would be to stick to a budget in a store with no prices.  Well, that's pretty much how we buy electricity today.  Your utility company sends you a bill at the end of the month with very few details.  Most people don't know how much electricity …
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch in Android, and Google complied  —  One of the bigger complaints about T-Mobile's G1, the first phone based on Google's Android platform, is that its touch screen doesn't use multi-touch, the technology which allows for a screen to accept multiple points of contact as simultaneous input.
Discussion: MacRumors and Edible Apple, Thanks:sampad
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's redesign continues to be a hit with U.S. users  —  The average U.S. social network user apparently wants to read feeds of photos, links, status updates, videos and comments on Facebook, according to the latest statistics from Compete.  The firm's newly-released study of U.S. web traffic …
Thanks:atul
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Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over Top Spot, Twitter Climbs  —  With Facebook officially turning five years old recently, combined with the site surging past MySpace in Monthly Unique Visitors, it seems like a good time to take a little deeper look at the social networking giants.
Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
“I like this”  —  There's a lot of content my friends have shared on Facebook that's pretty awesome.  For instance, in the last few days I've seen photos from a friend's wedding, an article about U.S. President Obama's ongoing transition and status updates from a friend traveling in India.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share  —  IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies at its CIO Leadership Exchange in Shanghai and its Pulse Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday with networking giant and Cisco-rival Juniper Networks by its side.
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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 …
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Paul Meller / PC World:
Mozilla to Join EU Suit Against Microsoft
Discussion: Digital Daily and Neowin.net
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
As IM Finally Begins To Open Up, Yahoo And Microsoft Cling To The Stone Age  —  Last week Meebo and Facebook teamed to launch the first integration of Facebook Connect + Chat, allowing Meebo users to chat with their Facebook friends from the popular web-based IM service.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Microsoft Catch Up in Mobile?  —  Going well beyond its current Windows Mobile software, Microsoft will try to extend its desktop dominance with a “Windows phone.”  Is it too late?  —  Microsoft (MSFT) executives have long spun visions of a world where computer users …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco's Cash Hoard Swells Along With Acquisition Rumors  —  With $30 billion, Cisco Systems likes to point out it has more cash on hand than any other technology company.  So why did it just sell $4 billion worth of debt on Monday?  —  Cisco has been rather upfront about plans to make acquisitions.
Discussion: investor.cisco.com
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple survey to help shape future of Apple TV  —  Apple has set up an online survey to find out more about how recent buyers of Apple TV make use of their box and what they do and don't like about it in an effort to improve the system.  —  The online survey asks for demographic information …
Business Wire:
Next Generation Acer Aspire One Netbook Now Available for U.S. Customers  —  New 10.1-inch Netbook Offers Mobile Freedom, Productivity and Reliability  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Acer America, part of the world's third largest PC company1, today announced U.S. availability …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Dalai Lama imposter escorted from Twitter [UPDATED]  —  The real Dalai Lama, who does not have a Twitter account.  (Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Updated 4:43 p.m.: @OHHDL is back on Twitter, but it's now labeled as “the UNOFFICIAL Twitter page of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
Maximys / SEMC Blog:
Say hello to Hikaru  —  You're right!  It's Hikaru.  As you know from this image, Hikaru will be awesome Walkman-branded slider phone with metal housing.  Hikaru is high-end device and it got high-end features: 2.6? screen, 8-Mp camera, 8 GB memory, Walkman player 4.0, 3.5mm jack …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zumbox creates an all-digital alternative to the U.S. Postal Service  —  The U.S. Postal Service is about to get some competition in the digital world.  Zumbox is launching the public beta test today for its all-digital alternative to the paper postal service.  —  Wait a minute, you're thinking.
Discussion: TechFlash
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Launches OpenSky, Free Service to Call Skype From Any VoIP Phone  —  Gizmo5, the company behind the SIPphone project is launching a new gateway that allows people using any VoIP service to call Skype users and vice versa.  This free Skype gateway is called OpenSky.
Discussion: Mashable!
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
New Twhirl 0.9 public release is here  —  We have been working really hard with the feedback from Team Seesmic (nearly 5000 members!)  - the team of our core users helping us create the best social software client in the world.  I can't thank you more given the hundreds of emails …
Discussion: Webware.com, TechCrunch and Ben Metcalfe Blog, Thanks:pingfm
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Oodle raises round, plans to relaunch Facebook Marketplace soon  —  More people will have more stuff to buy and sell informally during a recession, classified advertising network Oodle might hope.  It has just raised $5.6 million from existing investors, presumably to help itself do well during the current economic conditions.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
US Broadband Infrastructure Investments Need Transparency  —  In a guest op-ed, the founder and executive director of BroadbandCensus.com cautions that the broadband infrastructure investments planned as part of the economic stimulus package need transparency if they're to be effective.
Aaron / Code: Flickr Developer Blog:
Things I'm Standing Next To … Back in June of 2008 we added the ability to perform radial queries in the photos.search API method.  One of the earliest developers to use this feature was Frasier Speirs who used it for the Near Me feature of Darkslide, his Flickr application for the iPhone originally named Exposure.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Will Leitch / New York Magazine:
How Tweet It Is  —  Sure, the Twitter guys still have no idea how to make money off their fabulous invention.  But for now they are living in a dreamworld of infinite possibilities, maybe the last one on Earth.  —  In case you don't remember the precise details of what the Silicon Alley dot-com boom …
Discussion: Gawker and A VC
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Goodrec Launches Its Mobile-Friendly Online Review Site To The Public
Discussion: Webware.com
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Georgia mulls ban on covert GPS trackers
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Forrester to lay off 5 percent of workforce
Discussion: Forrester Research
Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
Introducing Google's new Social Web Blog
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Social Media News, Thanks:nickgon
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
How a Dentist Visit Became a YouTube Hit
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gina Trapani Starts a New Blog
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft: We won't sacrifice original IP
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Ad Declines in Mass Media Seen as More Than Just Economic
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