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September 7, 2012, 4:15 AM

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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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Making Money While Keeping Prices Low: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Explains It All (Mostly)  —  Amazon rolled out a new family of Kindle devices today at a press conference in Santa Monica, Calif., including a high-end tablet for only $499.  —  So, how does Amazon do it?
More: AllThingsD
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.
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” …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Seeks to Create Pandora Rival  —  Apple Inc. is in talks to license music for a custom-radio service similar to the popular one operated by Pandora Media Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a bid by the hardware maker to expand its dominance in online music.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything  —  An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.  —  Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view.
More: Gizmodo and SplatF
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
FBI vs. Google: The Legal Fight to Unlock Phones  —  A legal battle is brewing between technology companies and the U.S. government over whether law-enforcement agents have the right to obtain passwords to crack into smartphones of suspects.  —  Google Inc. earlier this year refused to unlock …
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Twitter makes the decision to stop development and future updates for Twitter for Mac?  —  For the Twitter fanatics out in the crowd the following news may make you weep a little.  According to TechCrunch columnist MG Siegler, Twitter has made the decision that it will no longer be developing updates for Twitter for Mac.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
iPhone owners can't sue Apple over broken glass, court rules  —  A federal judge in San Jose threw out a class action lawsuit from iPhone 4 owners who claimed that Apple misrepresented the strength of the phone's glass.  —  The lawsuit was brought by California man Betsalel Williamson …

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