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11:45 AM ET, March 4, 2009

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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
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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).
Walt Mossberg / 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
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Amazon unveils Kindle Application for iPhone  —  NEW YORK (AP) — You may not have the latest $359 Kindle electronic book reader from Amazon.com, but if you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, a new application will let you access the same content on your Apple device.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Fallout from Kindle software for iPhone/Touch? …
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.
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The Official Palm Blog:
Sprint Treo Pro Available March 15
Discussion: WMExperts, InformationWeek and Engadget
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 …
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.
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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!
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 …
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
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.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter: We Can Do What Google Can't  —  Twitter sees lucrative opportunities in search, albeit a different kind of search than what Google offers, and, as co-founder Biz Stone told Ad Age recently, “we'll certainly be exploring those.”  —  Ad Age Digital  —  DigitalNext  —  MediaWorks
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
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 …
Electronista:
EU softens monitoring of Microsoft  —  The European Commission today said it would scale back its efforts to monitor Microsoft's compliance with a 2004 antitrust ruling that has forced the American software firm to provide code to third-party developers.  In a statement, the European Union's …
Discussion: Reuters
Elodie Bodet / Inside AdSense:
Reports have gone international  —  One of the requests we frequently hear from our international publishers is to view reports in currencies other than U.S. Dollars.  That's why we're happy to announce that publishers located in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain can now view AdSense reports in Euros.
Kentc / Kent Compton:
What would you like changed/improved in Windows Live?  —  Most people feel it is too hard to give someone at Microsoft their feedback.  I know I felt that too when I was a non-Microsoft employee (and I still feel that way as a consumer of other company's goods and services).
Discussion: LiveSide, Neowin.net and Ars Technica
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
BBC:
New guidelines on behavioural ads  —  The online advertising industry has launched a set of guidelines for a genre of adverts that have been causing controversy.  —  The code of practice drawn up by the Internet Advertising Bureau looks specifically at behavioural advertising.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Reuters, Thanks:atul
Michael Della Penna / The PMN Blog:
Exclusive PMN Research: Brands Struggle To Reach & Engage Younger Gen Y's Within Social Networks  —  Yesterday we officially released the results from our first Gen Y research study in partnership with Pace University's Lubin School of Business' Interactive and Direct marketing (IDM) Lab.
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.
Lori Weiman / Search Engine Land:
The Armchair Sleuth: Competitive Intelligence Via Search  —  Would you like to have a heads-up any time your competitors are about ready to launch a new product?  In many cases you can get good advance warning with clever use of search.  There are specific competitive intelligence tactics that make this relatively straightforward.
MSDN:
We Loaded 1TB in 30 Minutes with SSIS, and So Can You  —  logo-sql08.gif  —  Writers: Len Wyatt, Tim Shea, David Powell  —  Summary: In February 2008, Microsoft announced a record-breaking data load using Microsoft® SQL Server® Integration Services (SSIS): 1 TB of data in less than 30 minutes.
Discussion: Softpedia News and WinBeta
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?
 
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