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5:25 PM ET, October 7, 2009

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Steven Levy / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Goes International — With a Little Help From AT&T  —  Although Amazon's Kindle e-reader has become the first major hit in its category — and the best-selling product in Amazon's entire store this year — it does have its drawbacks.  One of the biggest is that its wireless connection to the Kindle store works only in the U.S.
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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.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google: We're Hiring, and Spending, Again  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt used the opening moments of a New York City press conference to reinforce a message he's been delivering for a couple months: The worst is over, things are looking up, and Google is spending accordingly.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Reviewing Some Bad Google Search Results With Sergey Brin  —  After today's Google search press briefing, where I raised the issue of some poor quality search results in Google at one point, Sergey Brin asked me to demonstrate a few.  My pleasure!  Below, what we reviewed and comments from Google's cofounder.
Discussion: MediaMemo and TechCrunch
DigiTimes:
Foxconn said to be tapped to make Apple tablet PC, shipments expected to begin in 1Q10  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturing partner for an upcoming tablet PC device from Apple, according to market sources.  The device is expected to hit the market …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Microsoft prepares to pack up its briefs and go home  —  Yes, it really looks like it's finally over.  —  Sixteen years after the US justice department first started digging into Microsoft's Windows monopoly, and six years after the European Commission ratcheted up pressure on the company …
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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 …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Build Android Phone for AT&T  —  Dell Inc. expects to launch a smart phone on AT&T Inc.'s cellular network as soon as early 2010, said people briefed on the plans.  —  The Dell phone uses Google Inc.'s Android mobile-operating system, said the people briefed on the matter.
Andrew Lookingbill / Google LatLong:
Your world, your map  —  One of the exciting challenges of working on the Geo team at Google is that the physical world is constantly changing, and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavor.  For example, 15,000 miles of roadway are built in the United States each year.
Tony Dokoupil / Newsweek:
Striking It Rich: Is There An App For That?  —  Seeking fortune and fame, entrepreneurs rushed to create programs for Apple's App Store.  That's not always what they found.
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How the FCC Plans to Support 30x More Wireless Traffic
Discussion: internetnews.com
Motoko Rich / Media Decoder:
Judge Sets Nov. 9 Deadline For Revised Google Book Settlement  —  The federal judge who is responsible for reviewing the Google book settlement that would create a vast digital library has set Nov. 9 as the date by which Google and its partners must submit a revised settlement for the court's preliminary approval.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In E-Books, It's an Army vs. Google
Discussion: Against Monopoly
Kevin Poulsen / Epicenter:
Google's Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles  —  Imagine a world where Google sucks.  —  It might seem a stretch.  The Google logo is practically an icon of functionality.  Google's search engine and other tools are the company's strongest, if unstated, argument in favor …
Thanks:atul
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
NeighborGoods: Craigslist for Your Neighborhood  —  NeighborGoods, a web site that lets you share stuff with people in your neighborhood, today is launching publicly in its first city, Los Angeles.  It's somewhat of a cross between Facebook and Craigslist.  For example, if you need to borrow …
Discussion: Computerworld, TechCrunch and lalawag
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Samsung Moment slider coming to Sprint, packing Android (update: official, $179)  —  Samsung just accidentally leaked a Sprint-bound Android QWERTY slider called the Moment in an otherwise totally boring press release about its OLED handset lineup — it'll have an 800MHz processor …
Bing / Search Blog:
Use Your Voice to Text, Call and Search with Bing  —  Today Sprint Wireless announced their new Samsung Intrepid phone with a new voice user interface from Tellme.  This new interface will allow you to search the Web with Bing by speaking your search query, compose a text message or even dial …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode  —  Google's new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says “Google.”  Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code.  Inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver filed the patent on October 1949, and it was granted, No. 2,612,994 (pdf), on October 7, 1952.
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 …
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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Quickly view formatted PDFs in your search results  —  Google search results sometimes include documents that were not originally formatted to be viewed in a web browser, such as PDFs.  In the past, the only way to view these documents was to download them and open them in a separate viewer application.
Discussion: The Web Life, The Next Web and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Drew Carey Raises Bid to $1 Million for @Drew on Twitter  —  Over the weekend, we reported on Drew Carey's bid of up to $100,000 (if he reaches 100,000 followers by Nov. 9th) for the Twitter name @drew.  The name is currently up for auction by Drew Olanoff, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year …
Discussion: CBS News and Pulse2
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9  —  Believe it or not, Windows 7's successor(s) have been in the planning and early development stages for a while now.  We haven't posted anything about any of them yet, but we've been watching closely to see if anything really interesting turned up.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Oops!  Hack lets anybody join the MySpace network on Facebook  —  I do not work for MySpace.  But my Facebook profile now says I do, thanks to what appears to be a sneaky little flaw in MySpace's recently launched e-mail client.  —  Professional networks on Facebook are intended to be limited …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Planning Pay-For Global iPlayer; $10 For Doctor Who?  —  BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial wing, is planning to launch a pay-for video-on-demand portal, a range of new paid mobile apps and a series of ecommerce partnerships overseas, after enduring a “nightmare” year in the depressed international advertising economy.
 
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