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2:30 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Prepare to Pay More if You Don't Want Ads on Your New Kindle
Discussion: BGR
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW:
Buried among new Kindles, Amazon introduces its own Newsstand
Discussion: This is my next and Joystiq
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Will Amazon's Tablet Raise Any Patent Issues?
Discussion: Seattle Times, 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
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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Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
Apple may discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic
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 …
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux  —  First there was Maemo and Moblin, combined to form MeeGo under the stewardship of Nokia and Intel.  The OS has been floundering after the defection of Nokia to Windows Phone, with plenty of rumors suggesting Intel's been looking for a buyer.
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 …
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
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Tablets: Ultimate Buying Machines  —  Retailers have found an interesting characteristic of consumers who browse their websites using tablets: They're much more likely to pull the trigger on purchases than other online shoppers.  —  That discovery is making retailers focus on tablets ahead …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: 41% Of North American Mobile Users To Buy The iPhone 5  —  We know the iPhone 5 is being debuted soon and reports point to Sprint as the new carrier.  But just how popular will the device be off the bat?  InMobi, one of the largest independent mobile ad networks …
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  —  Your Facebook report might be 100s of pages long  —  Across the pond, European law grants citizens a “right to access,” meaning that companies have to provide a person with all of the personal data they have on them if they request it.
Discussion: Techwag, Geek.com and Gawker, Thanks:forbestech
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google's Biggest Threat Is Google  —  Google faces antitrust inquiries and competition from all corners.  But its biggest threat is Google itself, Larry Page, its chief executive and co-founder, said Tuesday.  —  “There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions,” …
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: paidContent, Business Wire and GigaOM
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Bloomberg:
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Citi Analysts: Facebook Ads Are Taking Spending Away From Display, Not Search
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Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Google asks to protect Android plans in AT&T, T-Mobile antitrust trial
Discussion: Associated Press
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Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Mobile Chief: Within 1-2 Years, We're Going To Be A Mobile Company