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6:00 PM ET, September 28, 2011


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Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet  — Inc., the world's largest online retailer, unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet computer, taking aim at Apple Inc.'s bestselling iPad with a device that's smaller and less than half the price.  —  The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Amazon Announces $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, $149 Kindle touch 3G, $99 Kindle touch and $79 Kindle  —  Amazon today unveiled its long-rumored tablet: the Kindle Fire.  Based on Android, but with a custom-designed user interface, the Kindle tablet will cost $199 and go on sale on November 15.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Amazon Kindle Fire vs. iPad 2 vs. Nook Color: by the numbers  —  Clearly, Amazon's just-announced Kindle Fire isn't designed to compete head-to-head with the iPad 2 on specs alone, but that doesn't mean consumers won't be cross-shopping the two this holiday season — and that means a comparison is in order.
Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:
Fire  —  I don't comment on Apple products or development here, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the Amazon Fire announcement today, and it has nothing to do with the iPad.  —  Lost in the “Is it an iPad Killer?” hype is the audacious introduction of the Silk browser.
Discussion: mocoNews and @dannysullivan
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Amazon's $199 iPad-killer is a 7-inch Fire tablet with no cameras, mic or 3G access and Nov. 15th release date  —  Just as Amazon's media event begins in New York, serving as a launchpad for their inaugural tablet, Bloomberg spoils the announcement by publishing key pieces of information about the device.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
The Omnivore  —  First it was Earth's Largest Bookstore.  Then came TVs, cameras, appliances, auto parts, music, diapers... Now, with the new Kindle Fire, Amazon's Jeff Bezos is making his boldest move yet  —  Jeff Bezos is channeling Steve Jobs.  It's mid-September and the wiry billionaire founder …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Amazon's New Kindles  —  Kindle Fire  —  The Kindle Fire's slogan says it all: “All the content.  Ultra-fast web browsing.”  That's the best sort of marketing message: simple, appealing, and true.  Well, we'll see how fast their new cloud-boosted Silk browser is in practice, but the content part is undeniably true.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer  —  Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer  —  New product launches are exciting affairs, but it drives some writers to the brink of stupidity.  Amazon's tablet announcement this morning is no different.
Discussion: BGR and @dannysullivan
Introducing “Amazon Silk”: Amazon's Revolutionary Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser, Available Exclusively on Kindle Fire  —  Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure and eight years of cloud computing expertise come together in new web browser for Kindle Fire—Amazon's new Kindle for movies …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Amazon Kindle Fire: pictures, video, and hands-on
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Prepare to Pay More if You Don't Want Ads on Your New Kindle
Discussion: BGR and LAPTOP Magazine
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW:
Buried among new Kindles, Amazon introduces its own Newsstand
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Will Amazon's Tablet Raise Any Patent Issues?
Discussion: TeleRead and Digits
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft cements position as Android's patent toll collector  —  Summary: Microsoft is going to make money from almost every Android device shipped.  —  Samsung's move to license Microsoft patents for its Android devices means that the software giant as secured its position as toll collector …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
“Free”  —  Buried under the massive Kindle news is something arguably more important: Microsoft just got Samsung to pay them to use Android.  This means that two of the major Android OEMs (Samsung and HTC) now pay Microsoft to use the “free” Android OS.  The third (Motorola) was just bought by Google.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Signs Mega-Patent Deal With Samsung, Will Get Royalties on Every Android Device It Sells  —  Microsoft is announcing today the biggest Android-related patent deal to date, signing a broad cross-licensing deal with Samsung.  —  With the deal, Microsoft will get royalty revenue …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google On Microsoft's Android Patent Tactics: It's Extortion  —  Earlier today, Microsoft and Samsung disclosed that they reached a cross-licensing agreement over patents.  The key point: it's a bad blow to the notion that Android is free.  Instead, it's more like “free” …
Discussion: @fxshaw and WinRumors
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone 4 and iPod touch appear in Apple's inventory system  —  As Apple's October 4th event approaches, two of Apple's announcements have been revealed in Apple's internal inventory system.  The first is a new iPod touch.  Three new iPod touch models have appeared in the system with the codename N81A.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Inside Google Plus  —  For all of Google's successes, the company has an underwhelming track record when it comes to social networks.  Time after time, its attempts have been met with shrugs or downright hostility.  An early offering called Orkut languished in obscurity (unless you live in Brazil).
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Marc Andreessen: The “Clock Is Ticking” On Oracle  —  Marc Andreessen thinks that the clock is ticking on Oracle and other old-line software and infrastructure companies.  —  His evidence: not a single one of Andreessen-Horowitz's startup investments use Oracle software.  They all use cloud-based alternatives instead.
Discussion: broadstuff and VentureBeat
Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
Groupon gets into online retailing with Groupon Goods  —  (Reuters) - Groupon launched its online retail arm Groupon Goods for its American subscribers on Wednesday, moving beyond daily group discounts to compete with leaders like Amazon Inc.  —  The leading daily deals website sent emails …
Discussion: Pulse2
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closes The Redemption Loop With Loyalty Rewards
Discussion: Yipit Blog and Screenwerk
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jon Stewart Has Too Many LinkedIn Invites, Too  —  Good news, LinkedIn!  You led “The Daily Show” last night.  —  Oh.  —  Bad news, LinkedIn.  You led “The Daily Show” last night.
Gareth Halfacree / thinq_:
RIM releases list of Android-on-PlayBook no-nos  —  Google Maps, SIP, or widget fans look away now  —  Details have started to appear regarding Research In Motion's BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, the compatibility layer which - it hopes - will breathe new live into its ailing PlayBook …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo Cofounder Jerry Yang “Has Re-assumed Command”  —  The leadership situation at Yahoo right now is incredibly murky, and no two sources close to the situation see it the same way.  —  That said, one thing is clear.  —  Jerry Yang - who is at once a beloved cofounder and a hated former CEO - has reinserted himself at the top.
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Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
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Dan Gillmor / Google+:
What a crappy and hypocritical move by the Wall Street Journal …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Citi Analysts: Facebook Ads Are Taking Spending Away From Display, Not Search
Discussion: The New Persuaders
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Keeps A History Of Everyone Who Has Ever Poked You, Along With A Lot Of Other Data
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music Store Coming Soon to 10 New European Union Countries?
Discussion: MacRumors