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8:25 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  —  By Geoffrey A. Fowler  —  Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new version of the Kindle e-book reader Monday.  Is the Kindle 2 just the beginning of Amazon's plans to be a player in consumer electronics?  —  The Kindle was designed …
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 …
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla call for EU intervention in browser war is troubling  —  Mozilla has voiced support for Opera's effort to convince the European Commission to impose sanctions on Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer in Windows.  But is this a necessary or even a wise move for the open source developer?
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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 / TechCrunch:
Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS  —  Silicon Valley start-up Trackle.com is launching the public beta of its personalized Google Alerts to track pretty much everything in an internet user's life.  Trackle's technology and interface is innovative and disarmingly comprehensive.
Discussion: Webware.com
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 …
Discussion: metarand, Thanks:atul
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic unveiled  —  ESPOO, Finland - Nokia has just revealed the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic handset.  In the same vein as it's 5800 XpressMusic sibling the new Nokia 5630 is far from a conventional music phone - a fully fledged member of the Series 60 family …
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
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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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 and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve 8900 looking good for $149.99  —  Are your friends Franklin and Grant burning a Curve-sized hole in your pocket?  Here's an idea: take 'em on down to your local T-Mobile shop and exchange them for an actual 8900 and the next two years of your life.  Deal?
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
SEO Fiascoes: The Trouble with Search Engine Optimization  —  Long URLs are bogus!  Tags like “nude” and “naked” are counterfeits!  SEO is a big business, and from what I can tell its proponents are modern snake-oil salesmen.  —  Search engine optimization (SEO) has turned into a big business …
Thanks:atul
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
Plurk attracts more Visits than Twitter in Singapore  —  We've given a fair amount of coverage to how Twitter has tracked recently in Australia, the US and UK, but it's always interesting to compare regional differences.  I was surprised to find that Plurk, a microblogging website …
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!
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Oodle raises round, plans to relaunch Facebook Marketplace soon
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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
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Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
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