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September 6, 2012, 4:40 PM

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Amazon.com:
Amazon Takes on the High-End—Introducing the New Kindle Fire HD Family  —  $199 now gets you the world's most-advanced 7" tablet, with a stunning custom HD display, the fastest Wi-Fi, exclusive Dolby audio, powerful processor and graphics engine, and 16 GB of storage—all backed …
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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon announces $499 Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE, $50 a year for 250MB monthly  —  More tablets with more ways to connect!  Jeff Bezos has just announced another flavor of the Kindle Fire HD, this one offering connectivity to AT&T's 4G LTE network.  It's the 8.9-inch model, meaning you're paying a $200 premium for that LTE antenna.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
New Kindle Fire Software: Multiple Profiles, New Email, Custom Facebook And Skype Apps  —  Amazon in its ongoing press conference has hinted at some improvements to the Kindle Fire software.  It seems to be a completely new interface with great improvements to existing apps — or, in some cases, totally new apps.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
All new Kindle Fire models will show Amazon's Special Offers lock screen ads  —  Amazon's new lineup of tablets don't just differ from the original Kindle Fire in their hardware.  Like last year's cheapest Kindle e-reader, all three new models — that's the Fire, the HD 7, and the HD 8.9 …
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.
Amazon.com:
Introducing the New Kindle Paperwhite, the Most Advanced E-Reader Ever Constructed  —  Higher resolution, 62% more pixels, 25% higher-contrast, patented built-in front light, 8 weeks of battery life and an even slimmer and sleeker design — only $119  —  New Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G …
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon Officially Announces The New Kindle Paperwhite: “Paperwhite” Display, Frontlighting, And 8-Week Battery  —  There's plenty to talk about here at Amazon's Los Angeles press conference.  The Kindle Fire 2 is obviously a hot topic of discussion, but lest you forget the product that started it all: The Kindle.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires Style-Focused, Social, Curated Shopping Site Svpply  —  eBay has just announced the acquisition of Svpply, a New York-based startup that aims to replicate the feeling of window-shopping online with a social, curated and personalized experience.
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
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