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September 6, 2012, 5:50 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.
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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
All new Kindle Fire models are ad-supported  —  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 — will display Amazon's “Special Offers” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon: We're No Apple  —  Nope, no Apple TV device from Jeff Bezos today.  —  Instead, the Amazon CEO spent most of his time going after one of Apple's core products: His new line of Kindle Fires is aimed directly at Apple's iPad, even though he never mentioned the company or its tablet a single time.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Hands on with Amazon's 7" Kindle Fire HD and hands-off with the 8.7" model  —  We had a chance at Amazon's Kindle event to take a look at most of the new models that they're introducing today.  The Kindle paperwhite, which we found to be pretty great.  The Kindle Fire HD is the flagship, though and we also got a peek at it.
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.
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.
Joff Redfern / LinkedIn Blog:
More LinkedIn Mobile Goodness  —  Today is an anniversary of sorts. 1 year, 21 days ago we launched an entirely new LinkedIn mobile experience for iPhone, Android, and the mobile web at touch.linkedin.com.  It was an entirely fresh start, focused on faster, simpler, better.  —  A lot has happened since then.
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.

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