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September 6, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Exclusive: Amazon phone confirmed, could be announced tomorrow  —  Amazon's updated Kindle Fire and new backlit “Paperwhite” Kindle e-reader have already leaked out ahead of the company's event tomorrow, but there may be one more surprise in store: a mobile phone.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Amazon shows new Kindle Fire and backlit ‘Paperwhite’ Kindle readers in TV ad  —  We're expecting quite a few things out of tomorrow's Amazon event, and the company just helped heighten expectations a little bit more with a new commercial.  The brief spot aired during tonight's Giants and Cowboys game …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Does Amazon Have Its Own Apple TV Plan?  —  We know that Amazon will unveil new devices tomorrow, including a replacement for the Kindle Fire it stopped selling last week.  —  What about a gadget that isn't a tablet or an e-reader?  —  There has been lots of speculation that Amazon …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
New Twitter API Drops Support for RSS, Puts Limits on Third-Party Clients  —  Twitter officially unveiled version 1.1 of its API Wednesday, deprecating support longstanding features such as RSS in the process.  —  Twitter announced its new API back in August, which it described as helping create …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Nokia's new PureView ad is amazing, too bad it's faked  —  The new PureView camera might be amazing, but a bizarre easter egg has revealed that the company's advertisements don't give an honest view of its technology.  Amid Nokia's flurry of press today — if you haven't heard …
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David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Say Mobile-Phone Location Data Not ‘Constitutionally Protected’  —  The Obama administration told a federal court Tuesday that the public has no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in cellphone location data, and hence the authorities may obtain documents detailing a person's movements …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Kobo Unveils $99 Mini And $129 Glo E-Readers, Takes On Amazon With Android-Powered Arc Tablet  —  The big September reveal-a-thon is set to continue tomorrow with some new product announcements courtesy of Amazon, but a rival player in the e-book space is trying to capture some thunder of its own prior to Amazon's big show.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money  —  Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, the influential advisor to dozens of startups like Dropbox and Airbnb, sent his entrepreneurs an email Wednesday afternoon cautioning them against taking “lowball offers”—in particular, he said, from Google Ventures.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
HootSuite CEO: We're Buying Seesmic For The Users, Not The Tech [Interview]  —  TechCrunch first reported earlier today that enterprise social media platform HootSuite is buying another social media platform, Seesmic.  That fact has now been confirmed by HootSuite itself.
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attacks government's 'snooper's charter'  —  Jimmy Wales says his website would encrypt all connections with Britain, and called the plans ‘technologically incompetent’  —  Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has sharply criticised the government's …
Erick Schonfeld / Techonomy:
The SEC's Crowdfunding Conundrum  —  When President Obama signed the JOBS Act last April, one of the most controversial and potentially far-reaching provisions was giving startups the ability to raise money through crowdfunding.  Private companies would be able to sell shares to all manner of individual investors for the first time.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Skype Gets Closer To Mobile Carriers, Inks Deal With Mach For Direct Billing For Skype Credits  —  Ahead of Nokia and Microsoft's big event in New York today, where they will formally announce new Nokia/Windows Phone devices, Microsoft is making a little pre-show appearance in the form of Skype …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III sales surpass 20 million  —  Samsung's Galaxy S III hit the 10 million mark at the end of July, and in the time since then the company has doubled that figure — Samsung says it's reached 20 million Galaxy S III sales, 100 days after the handset launched in May.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Spotify Is Said to Profit From Its Subscribers, but Lose More Luring Them  —  Media Decoder recently looked at the books of Spotify and Pandora, two of the most popular digital music services, and noted that both companies — despite having very different business models — wind up paying most of their revenue in music royalties.
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Californians spend freely on Amazon.com before sales tax deadline  —  With Amazon.com set to begin collecting sales taxes on California purchases Sept. 15, many tech-savvy consumers are cramming in some last-minute tax-free shopping.  —  Amazon.com won't say whether sales to California customers …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon Wireless confirms multiple Windows Phones in Q4  —  The carrier's chief operating officer also said the company plans to work with Nokia.  —  Windows Phone 8 is heading to Verizon Wireless.  Will Nokia and CEO Stephen Elop be part of that?  —  Verizon Wireless will be selling …

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