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September 6, 2012, 11:15 AM

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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 …
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:
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
More: Evolver.fm
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
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, ZDNet and Inquirer
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 …
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 …
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
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Post-Acquisition, Brightcove's Zencoder Adds Live Streaming And Instant Playback  —  Video distribution company Brightcove announced its acquisition of Zencoder to coincide with its second-quarter earnings announcement in July, paying $30 million for the cloud encoding startup.
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 …
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 …

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