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September 6, 2012, 1:20 PM

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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 …
The Verge:
Live from Amazon's Kindle event at 1:30PM ET  —  We're in!  We're in an airplane hangar in the middle of Santa Monica, CA.  We can only assume that means Amazon is launching an airline.  Music so far: a “Maneater” cover by... someone, and now “My Body” by Young the Giant.  It's no The Kin, but you know.
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Mike Schroepfer / Facebook Newsroom:
Welcoming Instagram to Facebook  —  So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends.  And for so many people, sharing photos with friends is an important part of the Facebook experience.  That's why we're so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and see what we can create together.
Bloomberg:
Apple TV No IPhone As Talks Bog Down With Media Companies  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) engineers have been working since 2005 to reinvent TV viewing.  Designing the gadget may prove easy compared with convincing media and cable companies to loosen their grip on the television industry.
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 …
Jordan Behan / HootSuite:
Hootsuite Acquires Seesmic  —  Hootsuite has acquired Seesmic, putting its management tools into the hands of even more social media business users.  After years of friendly competition, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes and Seesmic Founder Loïc Le Meur have agreed to a deal and a plan for the transition:
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 …
More: Betabeat
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
South Korea probes Samsung over Apple antitrust complaints  —  (Reuters) - South Korean regulators are investigating complaints filed by Apple Inc that Samsung Electronics Co is abusing its dominant position in wireless technology, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said on Thursday.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches nationwide ‘Bing it on’ TV campaign to challenge Google  —  Microsoft claims people prefer Bing search results to Google's nearly 2:1, and the company is ready to prove it.  Launching today, Bing is rolling out a nationwide campaign to highlight its search benefits and challenge Google.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Marissa Mayer: Yahoo is Staying in Ad Tech, Won't Sell Right Media  —  Key Exec Michael Barrett Says He's Sticking Around, Too  —  Marissa Mayer has made one of her first big strategic decisions as Yahoo CEO, as the company announced it was not going to sell its ad exchange Right Media.
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.
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.
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Wikipedia parent forges ahead with new travel wiki, sues Internet Brands for getting in the way  —  The Wikimedia Foundation has formally decided to move ahead with the creation of a new, non-commercial travel wiki and has sued Internet Brands for allegedly impeding the effort.
Terril Yue Jones / Reuters:
Microsoft to hire 1,000 in China over next year: executive  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft will hire 1,000 staff in China over the coming year, adding to the 4,500 the company already employs in the country, a senior executive said on Thursday.  —  The new employees will be added in research and development …
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: TechEye, Inquirer and ZDNet
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.
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.
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.
More: PE Hub BlogThanks:@erickschonfeld
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
On-Demand Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Adds $1 Million In Excess Liability Insurance For Drivers  —  Zimride's local, on-demand ride-sharing service, Lyft, has gotten a lot of positive press since launching as an alternative to cabs and Ubers in San Francisco.  But it's always had some legal …
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
Vidmind Launches Cloud TV Platform to Let Anyone Create a White Labeled Netflix  —  Tel Aviv-based startup Vidmind came out of stealth today and debuted its cloud-based TV solution, which lets operators, broadcasters and retailers essentially create a white labeled version of Netflix.
More: GigaOM and SocialTimesThanks:@betakit
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Eight Questions for Nokia CEO Stephen Elop  —  Saying that today is a big day for the Finnish wireless concern Nokia is putting it lightly.  With its shares trading at levels not seen since the mid 1990s, and its once-dominant position atop the world market for wireless phones shattered …

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