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8:40 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.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Amazon Kindle Fire: pictures, video, and hands-on
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.
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 …
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.
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: BGR, @fxshaw and WinRumors
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 …
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Feds Taking Close Look at Google-Motorola Deal
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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 …
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.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer
Discussion: BGR
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.
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.
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.
Zack Sheppard / Flickr Blog:
Introducing Flickr Photo Session and the Flickr Android App  —  Today we're announcing two new additions to the Flickrverse.  Photo Session, a whole new way to share photos with friends around the world and our first Flickr Android App, bringing you beautiful photo sharing on the go.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Source: Google In Talks To Acquire Katango  —  We're hearing that Google is in talks to acquire Katango, the Kleiner-backed startup that uses algorithms to automatically sort your friends into different groups, with very little effort required on the user's part (see our full post on their launch here).
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