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1:20 PM ET, May 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday  —  The last time Amazon (AMZN) held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0.  Now it is scheduling one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.  —  Expect a new, large format device that's optimized …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Outsold By BlackBerry Curve In U.S. Last Quarter  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was not the most-purchased consumer smartphone in the first quarter, according to research firm NPD Group.  That title goes to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Curve 8300 series, which was on sale at more carriers …
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RIM Unseats Apple in The NPD Group's Latest Smartphone Ranking  —  Buy-one-get-one promotions helps RIM increase U.S. consumer market share in first quarter of 2009 … - RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)  — Apple iPhone 3G (all models)  — RIM BlackBerry Storm
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
NAVIGON stops PND business in North America  —  After a few days of rumors about NAVIGON withdrawal from the North American market, NAVIGON's CEO Egon Minar spoke this morning to GPS Business News: “Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw …
Jerry Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month, but will still consider 10-inch the mainstream specification for 2009, account for 50% of total shipments, while 11.6-inch models will account for 30%, according to company president Jerry Shen.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Trent Reznor rips Apple, rates smartphone OSes  —  Why should you care about what Trent Reznor has to say about Apple or smartphones in general?  Well, for one thing, the front-man for Nine Inch Nails is a digital music visionary who's gone it alone and found gold in the deep coffers of the Internet.
Philip Lam / prethinking.com:
Palm Pre Training to officially start on May 6th for Sprint Employees  —  We broke the news on Sprint Employees getting Palm Pre training starting in April, turns out that they were just picking store advocates.  Now time for some new Pre-training details!  According to Coal over at SprintGuru …
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PC World:
Microsoft Mum on Vista Plans After Windows 7 Launch  —  How long does Microsoft plan to keep selling copies of its Windows Vista operating system after the upcoming launch of Windows 7?  The company isn't saying.  —  With previous versions of Windows, Microsoft used a transition period …
Discussion: Technologizer
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The two trends that are conspiring against Microsoft  —  If you clicked into this article thinking it would be a Microsoft bashapalooza or a vapid prediction about the downfall of the Seattle software giant then you're going to be disappointed.  —  Microsoft isn't going anywhere.
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Facebook Co-Founder Settles in at General Catalyst: Out to Learn and Help Young Entrepreneurs  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  This article is a prototype for a new, still-unnamed weekly column featuring conversations with local innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Driven by success of Boost Monthly Unlimited and wholesale, achieved the best sequential improvement in total gross additions, and loss of 182,000 total net subscribers represents a sequential improvement of over 1 million …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM rolls out latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server  —  RIM on Monday said its latest enterprise server was available and detailed a strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard.  —  As expected, RIM rolled out its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.  The latest version offers more IT administration controls …
Matt Asay / CNET News:
SpringSource acquires Hyperic, with eye to take on IBM, Microsoft  —  SpringSource announced Monday its acquisition of Hyperic, a move that signals a new phase of commercial open-source competition.  —  Until recently, open-source vendors like SpringSource seemed content to play …
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Merge With Liberty Entertainment  —  DirecTV Group Inc. will merge with majority shareholder Liberty Entertainment once that unit is spun off from parent company Liberty Media Corp. as the John Malone-controlled vehicle looks to simplify its capital structure.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why text messages are limited to 160 characters  —  Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times  —  Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.  —  As he went along …
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
Globe says it won't file closing notice  —  Boston Globe management said today that it won't file a plant closing notice required to shutter the newspaper after reaching cost saving agreements with six of seven unions involved in negotiations for concessions.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
YouTube: Placement Police  —  Web video company looks for a chunk of integration ad revenue  —  In recent months, YouTube has set off some jangled nerves among several of its more popular content producers.  The company issued written notifications to several producers …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Places We'd Like To See Twitter  —  Now that we're hooked on Twitter, we keep running across places in life where instant access to the messaging/microblogging service makes sense.  No doubt Twitter's bizdev phones are ringing off the hook, but here's two places we'd love to hook into Twitter:
Nokia:
Nokia E71x with AT&T in stores across the U.S. today  —  Text it, don't say it - survey reveals growing trend in messaging  —  White Plains, NY, USA - Nokia announced that the slimmest smartphone on the market, the Nokia E71x, will be available in AT&T retail stores and online beginning today.
 
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