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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19  —  This just in: the Kindle 2 is falling from $299 to $259 and they will be selling an international version with built-in AT&T SIM card for $279 on October 19.  Quoth the suits: … The new international model will be available for sale in 100 countries.
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Kindle Now for Sale to Customers in More Than 100 Countries  —  Over 200,000 English-language books now available to readers around the globe  —  Kindle is Amazon's most wished for, most gifted, and #1 bestselling product, but prior to today it has been available only to U.S. customers.
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Good move, AT&T  —  Since launching our iPhone application six months ago, people have downloaded and installed Skype on 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch devices sold - making it clear that people are extremely interested in taking Skype conversations with them on the go.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone VoIP Apps To Run On AT&T's 3G Network  —  AT&T is changing its mind and now says iPhone VoIP apps will be able to run on its 3G wireless network.  —  Previously, Internet phone apps like Skype and the new Vonage app were forced to operate on wi-fi hotspots, which limits their utility.
AT&T:
AT&T Extends VOIP to 3G Network for iPhone
Simon Fletcher / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Facebook design refreshment in the works [Screenshots] (updated)  —  Update from Facebook at the foot of this post  —  We have been tipped off that there may be an “improved” version of the Facebook news feed in the works.  The new feed is not very different from the current one available …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Unveils An Alternative To The iTunes Music Store, Powered By Amazon MP3  —  Last week doubleTwist, the media management software company with DVD Jon as its CTO, released a remake of Apple's classic 1984 commercial featuring none other than Steve Jobs as a malevolent dictator.
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission market tests Microsoft's proposal to ensure consumer choice of web browsers; welcomes further improvements in field of interoperability  —  The European Commission will on 9 October 2009 formally invite comments from consumers, software companies, computer manufacturers …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android to grab No. 2 spot by 2012, says Gartner  —  Exclusive: Global forecast puts Android ahead of iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile  —  Computerworld - While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2% of all smartphones, Gartner Inc. predicts …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Cloudboard  —  Google tests a service called Cloudboard, an online clipboard that should make it easy to copy data between Gmail, Google Docs and other Google services.  The service is not publicly available yet, but there are many references to it.  —  An internal feedback form …
Discussion: The Register
Google Watch:
Microsoft Bing Joins Google in Voice Search  —  We already know that Microsoft is dead set on making Bing match, or even best, Google in search across the board.  —  We've watched the Bing team, supported by a multi-million-dollar marketing push, pump out innovation after innovation since its June launch …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and eWeek
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Bing / Search Blog:
Use Your Voice to Text, Call and Search with Bing
Discussion: Softpedia News
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HTML5 assault on Adobe Flash heats up with ClickToFlash  —  As Adobe works to port its full Flash Player to mobile platforms and highlights its upcoming support in CS5 for building iPhone apps using Flash tools, an open source group is leading a drive to kill Flash on the desktop using a WebKit plugin named ClickToFlash.
Boy Genius Report:
HTC Hero hitting Verizon in November?  —  We just got a tip that the phone pictured in Eric Schmidt's hands is actually Verizon's version of the HTC Hero and it will be called the HTC Hero (not confirmed).  As you can see, there's a couple hardware modifications and one big one is that the buttons below …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft considering making Zune services available to Apple users  —  For all you who still believe Microsoft is still consumed with the impossible task of beating the iPod with the Zune, here's more proof that Zune's future is all about software and services and not hardware.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In E-Books, It's an Army vs. Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Whenever it can, Google likes to have programmers solve its problems.  But now it faces a dispute that even its ranks of lawyers and lobbyists are finding hard to smooth over.  —  A broad array of authors, academics …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: Dell's Android phone is coming to the U.S.  —  Remember the Dell Mini 3i, Dell's China-only Android phone?  Well it's not China-only anymore.  —  Rumor has it that Dell will bring the Mini 3i to the U.S. in the next few months to compete with other Android phones coming down the pike from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.
The Frisky:
Regretsy, Where Bad Crafts Go To Thrive  —  Posted by: Erin Flaherty Filed In: Style  —  Here at The Frisky, we're pretty big Etsy fans.  We have a soft spot for all those darling creations and a major appreciation for the type of crafty folks out there who actually take the time to make goods by hand.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Man banished from PayPal for showing how to hack PayPal  —  Some hacking tools more equal than others  —  PayPal suspended the account of a white-hat hacker on Tuesday, a day after someone used his research into website authentication to publish a counterfeit certificate for the online payment processor.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Full Disclosure
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.6 beta set to ship next week  —  No shame, no gain  —  Mozilla tentatively plans to release the first beta of Firefox 3.6 on 13 October.  —  The open source browser maker is expected to spin out the next iteration of Firefox in November, and next week's upcoming beta is understood …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
R.I.P. Good Times: One Year Later  —  It's been one year exactly since Silicon Valley venture capitalists decided to call an end to the funding party.  Sequoia Capital started things off with a 56 slide presentation to portfolio CEOs titled R.I.P. Good Times.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Compuware Buys Gomez For $295 Million In Cash  —  Compuware is acquiring Web app experience management solution provider Gomez for $295 million in cash.  The deal is expected to close in November of 2009, following government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions.
Discussion: Mass High Tech
Jeremiah Marquez / Associated Press:
AP might charge some customers to get news earlier  —  HONG KONG — The Associated Press is considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour, the head of the news organization said Tuesday.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Royal Mail Uses Copyright Claim To Shut Down Postal Code Info Online  —  One good thing in US copyright law compared to other countries is that we don't allow copyright on pure facts or on gov't produced information.  Other countries aren't nearly as good about that, with ridiculous concepts like “Crown Copyright.”
Discussion: ernestmarples.com and BBC
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC HD2 Windows Phone gets official: Hands-on Video  —  After weeks of rumor, HTC have confirmed the existence of their latest flagship Windows Phone, the HTC HD2 (aka the HTC Leo).  As expected, the HD2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with a 4.3-inch WVGA …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Belly Of The Beast  —  Inside one of the Web's biggest data centers, where computers arrive by the container.  —  NORTHLAKE, Ill. — Alongside a Chicago highway, under the flight path from O'Hare airport, is a $500 million computer.  Opened on July 20 in Northlake, Ill. …
 
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