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4:50 PM ET, September 28, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet  —  Amazon.com 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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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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 …
Amazon.com:
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  —  It's been a morning of Amazon surprises, but amongst all the news of cheaper and Touch Kindles, there's no doubt that the brand new Kindle Fire has us the most intrigued.  Unfortunately, Amazon is being quite strict about actually letting us touch …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer
Discussion: BGR
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW:
Buried among new Kindles, Amazon introduces its own Newsstand
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Prepare to Pay More if You Don't Want Ads on Your New Kindle
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and BGR
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.
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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 …
Discussion: BGR, Guardian and @bradsmi
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 / 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” …
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration  —  General Counsel & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  Today, Microsoft announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Samsung that will provide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Samsung's mobile phones and tablets.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership  —  Agreements mark new initiatives to promote Windows Phone and share intellectual property.  —  Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios …
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.
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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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closes The Redemption Loop With Loyalty Rewards
Discussion: Yipit Blog and Screenwerk
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.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Don Draper Pitches The Facebook Timeline  —  “This makes me happy on a lot of levels,” tweets Facebook Product manager Sam Lessin, about this Mad Men homage to Facebook's recently unveiled profile Timeline.  Aside from founding (and selling) Drop.io to Facebook, Lessin was primarily responsible …
Discussion: PC Magazine, TDW Geeks and Mashable!
Dan Gillmor / Google+:
What a crappy and hypocritical move by the Wall Street Journal, which has been running an overwrought but still useful series of articles in recent months re online privacy.  The WSJ is changing its own privacy policy in a way that mocks everything it's been complaining about — giving itself the right …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest?  Secret Memo Tells All  —  The nation's major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to newly-released Justice Department internal memo that for the first time reveals the data retention policies of America's largest telecoms.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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