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11:15 AM ET, March 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
That Was Fast: Kindle, Meet the iPhone.  —  Remember last month, when Amazon said that it planned to make its Kindle e-book titles available on other devices, but wouldn't say what devices, or when?  —  Now we know.  As of today, you can now read Kindle titles on your Apple iPhone (AAPL).
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Sell Books for iPhones  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a program Wednesday for reading electronic books on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, extending Amazon's sales of digital books to devices beyond its Kindle e-book reader.  —  Amazon's software application, which can be downloaded free of charge …
Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple's App Store  —  Read some on your iPhone, read some on your Kindle, customers can now synchronize their reading and enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch
Adam Tow / Mossblog:
First impressions of Kindle on iPhone  —  As I predicted in my review of Amazon.com's Kindle 2 e-book reader last week, the giant bookseller has moved quickly to make the 240,000 book Kindle catalog available on other devices.  On Tuesday night, the first Kindle software reader appeared, and it's a free iPhone app.
Discussion: Gravitational Pull
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
The Fastest-Growing Category in the iTunes App Store: Books
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, The Equity Kicker and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Smart Execs Leave Before The Fall.  —  When a smart, ambitious executive who isn't the CEO leaves a company, it isn't necessarily a sign of trouble.  Sometimes that executive isn't performing all that well, or he/she wants to see if they can make it at their own startup where they call the shots.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Google Search of a Distinctly Retro Kind  —  Last month an e-mail message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific.  It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500.  The cost was $370.
Thanks:atul
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why Google won't remove that page you don't like  —  (This is just a post from my personal perspective, but I hope it's helpful.)  —  Every few weeks or so, someone contacts me and says “Hey Matt, there's page out on the web about me that I really don't like.  Is there any way to remove it from Google's index?”
Discussion: Mashable!
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Setting the iPhone Free from AT&T  —  Consumer groups, small wireless carriers, and even Mozilla say all such exclusive deals are anticompetitive, and they're taking the fight to Washington  —  As the exclusive U.S. carrier for the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, AT&T has had a lot to celebrate.
Discussion: Network World and MacDailyNews
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ZillionTV, the next generation of video on demand  —  During a long career as a television and technology executive, Mitch Berman has tried to sell several different iterations of TV, often in their formative stages.  These included premium cable networks (at HBO), original cable programming …
Google Mobile Blog:
Finance for Android App  —  Just over a year ago, during a user experience research trip for Google Finance, we were at the home of a stay-at-home mom / day trader.  She was frustrated that there were “personal blackout periods” in the trading day when she was entirely disconnected from the stock market …
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Palm Treo Pro for Sprint gets dated  —  The Treo Pro was supposed to launch in January on Sprint and then it was rumored to launch on the 15th of February, but that never happened either.  Then we realized the Pre was coming, so the Treo Pro didn't matter at all.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Sell-Out Like Gawker Media  —  Blog network Gawker Media's ad revenues are up 20% year-over-year, according to an internal memo obtained by the Poynter Institute.  Not bad, considering the recession.  —  The secret, says Gawker owner Nick Denton in the memo, has been those big …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and The Mind of Alex
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Source Confirms 50 Layoffs in Sales  —  A source in Apple's enterprise group confirmed the company had layoffs today.  Fifty salespeople lost their jobs — even as the blogosphere collectively scoffed at the idea that layoffs were happening.  —  That's not a “major” layoff, as one Valleywag tipster maintained this morning.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Netbook Headache May Persist as Buyers Won't Trade Up  —  Microsoft Corp., already suffering from netbook makers using older and cheaper versions of Windows, probably won't find a remedy with Windows 7.  —  Microsoft is planning to offer several editions of Windows 7 for netbooks …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO: Twitter A 'Poor Man's Email System'  —  Real-time microblogging and messaging services like Twitter could potentially become a threat to Google — whose search index doesn't keep up with conversations as quickly as Twitter's.  So what does Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt think about Twitter?
JKK / jkkmobile:
Hands-on with Asus Eee PC 1008HA  —  Click to see the video
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Redesigned Fan Pages to Compete More Directly with Twitter  —  As most brands and marketers know by now, Facebook is preparing to announce a redesigned version of its Pages product for businesses tomorrow.  —  For those that haven't seen the details on all the likely* changes …
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNET.com.au:
RIM records all employee calls  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion admitted yesterday that it recorded all employee conversations in the interest of maintaining control over intellectual property.  —  RIM CIO Robin Bienfait (Credit: RIM)  —  RIM chief information officer Robin Bienfait …
Thanks:kalpeshk
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney Might Build Its Own Netflix, iTunes Rival  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger told a conference audience yesterday that the company is “is considering creating a subscription-based online movie and TV rental service from the company's huge video library,” reports Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Activision to Use $3 Billion Cash for Acquisitions as Targets' Prices Drop  —  Activision Blizzard Inc., with $3 billion in cash and no debt, will consider acquisitions as the recession brings down the prices of potential targets, the company's top publishing executive said.
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
HTC Magic Launching In April!  —  A tipster (thanks, Matt!) just pointed out to us that the HTC Magic is appearing on the Vodafone website and shows that it is “Coming In April”!  —  Interesting to note that the camera is listed as “3.0-4.0 Megapixels”, what does that mean?
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Magical ‘oo’ factor boosts Web startups  —  When it comes to the magical “oo” factor in Silicon Valley, Yahoo qualifies as the first mover, followed by Google and YouTube.  —  Make that first moover, heh heh.  —  The “oo” here is not to be confused with the visceral, ain't-it-cool “ooh” …
 
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Hunter Walk / YouTube Blog:
Won't You Adopt a Feature?  —  Raise your hand if you've watched a YouTube video.
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechCrunch
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Rolling out a new look  —  Cuil is all about innovative techniques …
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