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4:35 AM ET, November 19, 2007

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Steven Levy / Newsweek.com:
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."
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle To Debut On Monday - Ugly But Impressive  —  The speculation over Amazon's new ebook gadget, called the Kindle, ends on Monday afternoon during a special Amazon press conference in New York.  Newsweek's Steven Levy claims to have had the device for weeks and wrote …
Discussion: Electronista
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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.
Discussion: Industry Girl
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon.com's Kindle Book Reader: The Details And The Devil  —  So it is a bit ridiculous that Amazon.com (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: mocoNews.net and Web Worker Daily
Steven / StevenLevy.com:   Is the Kindle Ugly?  —  I did this week's Newsweek's cover story …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon Sets eBook World Alight with Kindle - Finally, Time For Read/Write Books!
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
What I'd rather have than an eBook reader: the iPod Touchbook
Discussion: Scobleizer
Howard Owens:   New Amazon reader great for books; for newspapers, maybe not so much
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
How Amazon Could Kindle Some Interest in E-books
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com  —  Facebook is said to have offered $85 million to acquire Zhanzuo.com, a Chinese social networking site with seven million users.  —  According to The Times, Jack Zhang, Zhanzuo's chief executive …
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Chinese conduct "aggressive and large-scale" espionage against US  —  The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released a report to the United States Congress late last week accusing China of waging an "aggressive and large-scale industrial espionage campaign" against American technology.
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Facebook's hopes to enter the tangled web of China gain momentum  —  Facebook appears to have decided on acquisition as its preferred method of entering the booming Chinese market, after months of speculation about how the social networking website would tap the country's rapid growth and avoid …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, All Facebook and Mashable!
Reuters:
Pioneer-backed online TV service launches test  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new online television service aims to offer what U.S. cable TV companies have resisted for decades — pay for only what you want.  —  SyncTV, a spin-off from Pioneer Electronics, a division of Pioneer Corp …
Discussion: Reel Pop and TechCrunch
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What Steve Said: "HD" vs. "High Quality"  —  At NewTeeVee Live last week, Om and I asked YouTube co-founder and CTO Steve Chen whether or not YouTube had plans to improve its video quality.  There's been some confusion and finger-pointing over Chen's reply, so I just want to quickly clear up what happened.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Sad State of Blogs
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
PayPal offers secure way to shop non-PayPal sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal, the payments service arm of online auction leader eBay Inc, is set to release on Tuesday a convenient way for its customers to make payments on Web sites that don't accept PayPal directly.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Silicon Valley Skills Crisis: Poland Emerging As A Top Source of Engineers  —  Silicon Valley's booming business cycle has driven up competition for engineers.  Last week, Ann Winblad, of the Hummer Winblad venture capital firm complained about VMware trying to hire all the engineers in the valley.
Discussion: open
Max Zuckerman / Channel 10:
Like having 2 graphics cards?  How about 4?  And why not add 4 CPU cores too...  About a year ago if you asked a PC building enthusiast what processor to use, he/she would probably have pointed you toward a slick 64-bit AMD chip which at the time was some of the best performance at a sweet price, win-win right?
Harveys / Harvey Sanchez:
Windows Live Community Builder  —  I am really excited about this announcement.  As an add to the new Live Commercial services being launched (Live@Edu, Live@Mobile etc) today we are soft launching the Live Community Builder service.  —  With Windows Live Community Builder …
Discussion: LiveSide, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Flickr Releases New Geographical Features  —  Yahoo's popular photo-sharing site Flickr will release on Monday the two new geography-related features we reported on a month ago: Flickr Places and a new world map.  —  While we have not yet had the opportunity to test these new releases …
Discussion: ParisLemon
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
17 More Newspapers Join Yahoo Group  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo Inc. has added 17 more newspapers to its group of online publishing partners, giving the group added heft as it approaches its one-year anniversary.  —  Yahoo executives told The Associated Press that The Columbus Dispatch …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Adds 17 New Members To Newspaper Consortium
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Associated Press:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now Google Is Making Its Own 10-Gigabit Switches
Bloomberg:
AT&T talks with Google about joining wireless software group
Discussion: Gizmodo and DSLreports