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9:10 PM ET, November 18, 2007


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Steven Levy /
The Future of Reading  —  Amazon's Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore.  Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind's most divine creations: the book itself.  —  "Technology," computer pioneer Alan Kay once said, "is anything that was invented after you were born."
Rafat Ali /'s Kindle Book Reader: The Details And The Devil  —  So it is a bit ridiculous that (NSDQ: AMZN) has been trying to keep us from disclosing the details on its Kindle e-book device, while giving Newsweek a cover story two days before the launch.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Huh?  The Kindle e-reader ISN'T ugly?  So says Steve Levy, author of Newsweek puff piece—in response to my Publishers Weekly blog  —  So, gang, is Amazon's Kindle e-reader really a thing of beauty?  The overwhelming reaction online is a big fat No. "Same fugly hot mess we've been seeing for months," says Jane at Dear Author.
Discussion: n.sputnik and Publishers Weekly
Mathew /
Amazon's Kindle: pay to read blogs?  WTF?  —  So lots of people probably know by now (at least if they read Techmeme) that Amazon is launching an electronic book-reading gizmo called the Kindle on Monday, and there's a gigantic cover story about it in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
PDF capabilities in Kindle: Newsweek puff job reveals more details  —  Having knocked the Amazon Kindle earlier, let me also serve up some positives from Newsweek—beyond Jeff Bezos' laudable belief that customers shouldn't have to pay as much for DRMed books.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
How Amazon Could Kindle Some Interest in E-books  —  Wouldn't it have been cool if Amazon built an e-book reader so inexpensive they could almost give it away for free, then make money by selling e-books for people to read on it (or selling upscale versions of the reader later)?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Amazon does yet another thing Microsoft wanted to do (my April …
Associated Press:
Destination of 'recycled' electronics may surprise you  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Most Americans think they're helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones.  But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joe Duck
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
In Korea, a Boot Camp Cure for Web Obsession  —  MOKCHEON, South Korea — The compound — part boot camp, part rehab center — resembles programs around the world for troubled youths.  Drill instructors drive young men through military-style obstacle courses, counselors lead group sessions …
PC World:
Firefox Exploit can Hack Gmail  —  Vulnerability allows malicious code into browsers, revealing users' Google accounts.  —  Darren Pauli, Computerworld Australia  —  Recommend this story?  —  Mozilla has taken another security blow with the discovery that Google user accounts can be accessed through a dangerous Firefox exploit.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now Google Is Making Its Own 10-Gigabit Switches  —  Google, has been known to come up with its own technologies when dissatisfied with commercial and/or open source offerings.  The company had previously started making its own server hardware.  And now it seems the company engineers …
Discussion: TechBizMedia
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Hits The Million Torrent Uploads Mark  —  Torrent number 1,000,000 was uploaded yesterday by an anonymous user.  Unfortunately, the memorable torrent has no seeds, which makes it likely that it wont be around much longer.  —  One million uploaded torrents is a great accomplishment …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PollDaddy Expands Widget Suite, Upgrades System  —  The hype around widgetizing the web may have died down a bit, but PollDaddy - a company obviously focused on polls - will be pushing that widgetizing process further along with its version 2.0 release today.
Terabit-class data pipes movies in an instant  —  Advanced maths brought to bear on fibre-optic speed problem  —  When it comes to internet speeds, we've long-since consigned the humble kilobit-class connection to the dustbin, so a mathematics-based breakthrough has us wondering if megabit …
Discussion:, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Beatblogging  —  For reasons below and with apologies, I'm late linking to Jay Rosen's next project, BeatBlogging.  —  As Jay said, this may not look new because reporters have always been surrounded by networks of experts, people who — pace Dan Gillmor — know more than they do.
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