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6:35 AM ET, September 29, 2011


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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.
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: PE Hub Blog, BGR and @dannysullivan
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Amazon Kindle Fire's Silk browser sounds privacy alarm bells
Discussion: PC World and Hack Education, Thanks:sophoslabs
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Amazon Kindle Fire: Tablet Product Strategy Done Right
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Ice Cream Sandwich gets a two-minute tour, courtesy of a lucky eBay shopper (video)  —  The one Android update to rule them all — better known as Ice Cream Sandwich — is penciled in for an official launch sometime in the next two months, so it's only natural for some shots to leak out.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google And Samsung Announce October 11 Event: Nexus Prime Imminent  —  It looks like the wait for the elusive Nexus Prime may soon be over.  Samsung has just started sending out invites for a special Samsung/Google event that's being held on October 11 at 11:30 AM in San Diego.
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.
Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:   Amazon Tops 1 Million Kindle Books In Just Four Years
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Planets Are Aligned: Facebook's Spartan And iPad Projects Set To Launch Early Next Week  —  Earlier tonight, Alexia found and posted some screenshots of something that sure looked a lot like the mythical “Project Spartan”.  Shortly thereafter, Facebook took down the page in question.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   This Sure Looks A Lot Like Facebook's Project Spartan [Screenshots]
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.
Another Whopper from Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch  —  Oracle issued the following statement:  —  “Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch continues to insist that Autonomy was never ‘shopped’ to Oracle.  But now at least he remembers and admits to meeting with Oracle President Mark Hurd and Doug Kehring, Oracle's head of M&A, this past April.
Michael de la Merced / New York Times:
Oracle's Ellison Says Autonomy Came A-Knocking
Discussion: AllThingsD
Dennis Woodside / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on our Motorola acquisition  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, we've been excited about the positive reaction to the proposed deal — particularly from our partners who have told us that they're enthusiastic about our defense of the Android ecosystem.
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).
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.
Derek Kessler /
HP TouchPad Go details galore [exclusive]  —  So we've seen some FCC details from the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go and even got a few blurry cam photos out of China that revealed a good number of the specs (1.5GHz processor, 16GB storage, etc).  But are you ready for the full monty …
Discussion: @blam, Techie Buzz and IntoMobile
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Reddit users overwhelm Facebook with data requests  —  Summary: Reddit users appear to have flooded Facebook with personal data requests.  The social network has sent an e-mail to many of them saying it just can't keep up and they will have to wait.  —  Reddit users have flooded Facebook with personal data requests.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:kashhill
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
VentureBeat Needs To Put On Their Big Boy Pants If They Want To Fight With TechCrunch  —  VentureBeat leveled quite an accusation at TechCrunch this evening, claiming that they had evidence that suggested TechCrunch was trading stories for ad buys.  The evidence?
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
T-Mobile also files brief in support of Samsung against Apple  —  T-Mobile just submitted an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in support of Samsung against Apple with respect to a possible US-wide preliminary injunction, along with  — a formal request for permission to be admitted to the proceedings as a third party and
Kevin Fogarty / ITworld:
Cable company a la carte plan is more like a bait-and-switch  —  Charging the same for packages and extra for ESPN doesn't make cable ‘pick your own channels’  —  After years of fighting the idea of offering a la carte service- or product menus, cable TV operators (ISPs) …
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