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4:00 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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Amazon.com:
Introducing the All-New Kindle Family: Four New Kindles, Four Amazing Price Points  —  New latest generation Kindle - world's bestselling e-reader now lighter, faster, and more affordable than ever - only $79  —  New “Kindle Touch” with easy-to-use touch screen - only $99
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 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.
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Amazon unveils $200 Kindle Fire tablet; $99 Kindle touch eReader, $79 Kindle  —  During a press event in New York City on Wednesday, Amazon announced took the wraps off of its $200 Kindle Fire tablet.  The Kindle Fire is equipped with a 7-inch display and will have access …
Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:   Fire  —  I don't comment on Apple products or development here …
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW:
Buried among new Kindles, Amazon introduces its own Newsstand
Discussion: This is my next and Joystiq
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Prepare to Pay More if You Don't Want Ads on Your New Kindle
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and BGR
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Will Amazon's Tablet Raise Any Patent Issues?
Discussion: Seattle Times, Gizmodo, TeleRead and Digits
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
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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 …
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.
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, WinRumors and IntoMobile
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Responds To Google's Extortion Claim: “Waaaah.”
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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Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
Apple may discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closes The Redemption Loop With Loyalty Rewards  —  Groupon may be struggling to get its IPO out the door, but that is not stopping it from introducing new products.  Up until now, Groupon has built a billion-dollar business by getting local merchants to offer great one-time deals to consumers.
Discussion: Yipit Blog and Screenwerk
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Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:   Groupon gets into online retailing with Groupon Goods
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.
Topher Kessler / CNET News:
iFixIt takes apart Apple Thunderbolt Display  —  When new Mac systems and devices come out, expect the do-it-yourself repair guide iFixIt to be one of the first to rip it apart and show you what's inside.  When Thunderbolt was issued iFixIt disassembled the first MacBook systems to show …
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Miro / iFixit Blog:
Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown
Discussion: Ars Technica, Electronista, TUAW and 9to5Mac
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 …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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