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September 6, 2012, 3:00 PM

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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.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Amazon debuts $299 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, 4G LTE for $499  —  After making an informal debut in a televised ad late last night, Amazon's larger Kindle Fire has finally been unveiled.  Introduced today at a press event in Los Angeles, the new Kindle Fire HD features 8.9-inch 1920x1200, 254ppi display.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Amazon's new 7-inch Kindle Fire: twice the RAM, faster processor, longer battery life, $159  —  Along with an all-new Kindle e-reader with illuminated paperwhite display and a lower-price standard Kindle, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just announced the new Kindle Fire tablet during a press conference today.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon announces Whispersync for Voice and Whispersync for Games, cloud syncing goes meta  —  Audiobooks are great for the car.  Textual books?  Not so much.  Now Amazon is bringing those two great experiences together and letting you pick up in text right where your audio book left off.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon announces pay-once, continue reading Kindle Serials  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new Kindle publishing option called Kindle Singles today that will allow you to purchase a serial and get all of the other episodes delivered to you in sequence as they're released.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD 7-inch for $199, available September 14th  —  Amazon has just outed another Kindle — the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch.  The new tablet is essentially a smaller version of the just-announced Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch.  Other than the different display size …
More: CNET, ZDNet and I4U News
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Simon & Schuster, Hachette E-Book Accord Wins Approval  —  A price-fixing settlement between the U.S. government and electronic-book publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group Inc. and HarperCollins Publishers LLC was approved by a judge in New York.  The Justice Department in April sued …
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.
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 …
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.
More: Betabeat
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Sunset The @Anywhere Platform, Official Shutdown Date Is December 6th, 2012  —  Now that Twitter has introduced all of these fancy new things via its latest API, it's time to get rid of some of the legacy stuff.  One of the legacy items is a platform called @Anywhere, which was introduced by the company in 2010.
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.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft puts Windows 8 users at risk with missing Flash update  —  Summary: Last month, Adobe released a batch of critical security updates for Flash Player.  Those updates are available for every modern browser except one.  Microsoft has yet to release the update for IE 10 in Windows 8, and may not do so until next month.
More: The Verge and NeowinThanks:@edbott

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