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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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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.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Fallout from Kindle software for iPhone/Touch? …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Live from Facebook: A move to share more information  —  I'm here at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, Calif. for a Facebook presentation.  Apparently this is going to be a long one, so I figured I'd live blog it.  —  Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is up first.  Here's what he's saying (paraphrased):
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Screenshots Of Facebook's New Real-Time Homepage  —  Facebook will launch a new homepage starting next Wednesday.  It's centerpiece is a new real-time  —  “stream,” which is a real-time updating version of the current feature called the “News Feed.”  —  Here are some slides from Facebook's presentation to announce the change:
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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 …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
ZillionTV: Hollywood and ISPs Unite to Deliver Video over the Net
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter: We Can Do What Google Can't  —  Venture Capital Backer Says Search Is Reason It Walked Away From Facebook Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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 …
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Behind the Scenes of Windows 7 Enterprise  —  There's been a lot of talk in the community about what Windows 7 offers consumers.  Today, I'd like to highlight the enterprise value of the product and how it reflects what customers and partners told us enterprises need most.
Discussion: eWeek, InfoWorld and DailyTech
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 gets down to business
Discussion: Computerworld
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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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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gearlog, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Sales Layoffs Story Not True  —  An Apple (AAPL) spokesman says Gawker's report that 50 salespeople were laid off yesterday is not true.  —  Is it possible that somewhere in Apple's ranks of 32,000, staffing has shifted around during the recession?  Sure, we assume — but Apple wouldn't comment on that.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Digits
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Source Confirms 50 Layoffs in Sales
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Start Up Likaholix, A Micro-Sharing Service For Personal Recommendations (200 Invite Codes)  —  Likaholix is a brand new web service that lets you share personal recommendations about virtually anything with the world.  The tool lets you build a list of things you like and recommend …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect  —  Yahoo! Updates, the company's answer to Facebook Connect, became available on more than 600,000 websites today with the launch of a new partnership with commenting infrastructure company JS-Kit.  Whereas Facebook's technology …
Discussion: SiliconAngle, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Extend Your Publishing Reach with JS-Kit + Yahoo! Updates
Discussion: CenterNetworks, 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: greg hughes, Mashable! and digg.com
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 …
Andres / Spotify:
Spotify security notice  —  Last week we were alerted to a group that managed to compromise our protocols.  After investigating we concluded that this group had gained access to information that could allow testing of a very large number of passwords, possibly finding the right one.
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 …
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Tale Of Two Studies On File Sharing...  from the guess-who-paid-for-the-terrorism- one?  dept  —  I've recently come across two separate studies concerning file sharing — that seem to come to vastly different conclusions.  The first, as pointed out by Michael Scott, is a very long …
Discussion: The ChamberPost and Threat Level, Thanks:atul
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.
IAB:
IAB leads behavioural advertising good practice  —  Digital marketing trade body collaborates with key industry players to promote transparency, user choice and education.  —  www.youronlinechoices.co.uk launched to help consumers understand online behavioural advertising and how their privacy is protected.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Lessons from Demo on surviving recession  —  PALM DESERT, Calif.—How does one measure the effects of economic meltdown?  —  At Demo 09 here, there are two ways, one that's obvious, yet hard to see, and another that is both obvious and visceral.  —  While Demo for years has featured …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Nvidia Big Winner In Mac Makeover  —  Apple sprinkles graphics chips into its lineup liberally.  —  Don't be fooled.  While Apple left the looks of its lineup of desktop computers largely unchanged Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker completed an important shift as it tweaked …
JKK / jkkmobile:
Hands-on with Asus Eee PC 1008HA  —  Click to see the video
 
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Reuters:
China Unicom in talks to sell Apple iPhone in China
Discussion: AppleInsider and Tech Trader Daily
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
If we can't save the paper newspaper, what's next?
John T. Chambers / GigaOM:
John Chambers: Broadband Speeds Our Economy
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The Recession Speeds Chip Industry Consolidation
Discussion: eWeek
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Sell-Out Like Gawker Media
Discussion: The Mind of Alex and HipMojo.com