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September 6, 2012, 7:55 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
No New Apple Television Products Coming in 2012 as Content Negotiations Stall Once Again  —  Bloomberg reports that Apple will not be releasing a new “TV product” this year as difficult negotiations with media companies have slowed Apple's plans.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month …
Heidi Lemmetyinen / Nokia Conversations:
An apology is due  —  We're excited about the Lumia 920 and the ground-breaking PureView imaging capabilities we announced today.  —  In an effort to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilization (which eliminates blurry images and improves pictures shot in low light conditions) …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: ZDNet
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.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Chinese outfit files for Pinterest, Quora trademarks  —  A Chinese man has been snapping up dozens of domain names related to popular American start-ups and is seeking to trademark some of the names in the US and China.  —  Qian Jin of Nanjing, China, has applied to register marks like Foursquare …
More: CNET and Betabeat
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
Gojee Launches Apps for iOS and Android to Take Curated Recipes Mobile  —  Today NYC-based Gojee, a visual app that curates recipes based on user preferences, today announced the debut of its free apps for iOS and Android.  Gojee's base of 10,000 recipes are pulled from 300 bloggers and food writers …

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