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2:10 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Kindle Versus The iPhone  —  Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has created a reason to switch from bound paper books to bits — a device with a wireless connection able to download digital books on the go.  The problem: Low-cost laptops and smart phones, such as Apple's iPhone …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging the Amazon Kindle E-Reader Show with Jeff Bezos  —  Amazon has summoned the NY press and blogger corp to the W Hotel on Union Square to watch Jeff Bezos unveil it electronic book reader, the Kindle.  We'll see if there is anything left to learn.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Amazon debuts Kindle e-book reader  —  NEW YORK—"Why are books the last bastion of analog?"  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked an audience at New York's W Hotel in Union Square as he unveiled Amazon Kindle, the online-retail giant's new electronic book reader.  —  "Books have stubbornly resisted digitization," he elaborated.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle available now on Amazon — free EV-DO!
Discussion: Computerworld, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from the Amazon Kindle launch event
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Secretly Tracking iPhone IMEI and Usage (with proof)  —  As I sit here applying a new layer of Reynolds tin foil to my international hat of conspiracy, its been proven that Apple tracks iPhone usage and tracks IEMI numbers of all their iPhones worldwide.
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple collecting your iPhone usage data?  —  It looks like Apple is tracking iPhone users data i ncluding IMEI number, IP address and stock quote preferences (amongst other things) through a hidden string in the Weather.app and Stocks.app iPhone applications.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rumoursville: Google sniffing round Skype  —  It's been a while since the last juicy web business rumour, so this will do nicely.  —  Currently in favour around London's webbist community is the rumour that Google has been in negotiations to buy Skype, the web telephony firm, from eBay.
Seth LaForge / Google LatLong:
Think globally, mark locally  —  The last time I threw a party, I used the My Maps feature of Google Maps to tell my friends exactly how to find my house.  But if they'd just searched Maps on their own for my address and had gone to the marker location, they would have been partying in the middle of the street!
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Goes Wikimapia, Lets The People Move The Map Points  —  Registered Google users are now permitted to adjust the place markers for businesses on Google Maps and soon will have the ability to more broadly edit local business information.  Changes will initially go through …
Discussion: WebProNews
Fred / A VC:
Techmeme: A Cautionary Tale  —  I've been thinking about writing this post for the past several weeks as I watched this blog drop from high 40s on the techmeme leaderboard to the 50s, to the 60s, to the 70s, and now as of this weekend, off of it completely.  Yes, my ego hurts when this blog …
Denise Dubie / Computerworld UK:
Microsoft struggling to convince about Vista  —  Another survey highlights business concern about migration  —  The majority of IT professionals worry that migrating to Windows Vista will make their networks less stable and more complex, according to a new survey.
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
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exo.blog:
Vista SP1 a Performance Dud
Discussion: All about Microsoft and open
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Retailers Explore New Ways of Being Paid  —  A DECADE ago, PayPal was best known as the payment method of choice for Beanie Babies purchases on eBay.  This holiday season, it could pay for a diamond ring on the online jeweler Blue Nile.  —  Blue Nile and several other high-end Web retailers …
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SyncTV:
SyncTV Launches Beta of 'Unlimited Download' Service for TV Shows  —  Home-theater Quality Downloads Play Back on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs; TVs and Portable Players in Future  —  SyncTV (www.synctv.com) today announced the private beta launch of its TV download service …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Magazine?  —  An interesting patent was granted to Google on November 8, titled "Customization of Content and Advertisements in Publications."  —  A number of blogs picked it up and speculated that Google may soon begin to offer users the ability to create customized, printed magazines from Internet content.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Web Site for Pet Lovers, and Marketers Who Love Them  —  KNOWING that you can never underestimate people's love for their cats and dogs, NBC Universal and Procter & Gamble have set up a Web portal that looks something like a Yahoo or AOL for pet owners, with a bit of Facebook and MySpace thrown in.
Discussion: paidContent.org and MarketingVOX
Business Wire:
AOL Introduces Video Ticker Ads  —  Offers Advertisers an Emerging Interactive Solution for Online Video Advertising; Developed in Conjunction with PointRoll's Technology, TickerBoy  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL today announced the availability of video ticker ads …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Four controllers, $170, and a dream: a review of Rock Band  —  I don't want to be a guitar hero, I want to be in a band  —  Rock Band  —  Publisher: MTV Games  —  Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2  —  There is something almost brave about the decision to make a game like Rock Band.
Discussion: Engadget, Feld Thoughts and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AT&T Acquires Ingenio And Their Pay-Per-Call Network  —  We haven't heard much from Silicon Valley based Ingenio lately.  In 2006 the company launched Ether, a service that allows people to charge people for calls.  Since then, nada.  —  But today AT&T is announcing that they've acquired …
 
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Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!
Discussion: Channel 9 and CNET News.com
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Report: Wal-Mart's Saturday "Secret Sale" to Feature 80GB PS3 with 15 Free Movies
Discussion: TechSpot News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EFF, others ask Supreme Court to reinstate "patent exhaustion doctrine"
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone to get 3G in May 2008  —  Apple is asking for 30 per cent …
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Hollywood Faces A Swarm Of New Competitors
Guardian:
Ministry bans Wikipedia editing
Discussion: Techdirt
Financial Times:
Mobile internet is the next battleground
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA told to show cause why .edu subpoenas shouldn't be quashed
Discussion: TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
TinyURL Outage Illustrates the Service's Risks
USA Today:
Video, interactivity could nab Web users by '10
Discussion: DSLreports
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's QX9770 quad-core to blow away competition in Q1
Discussion: Computerworld
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Under Investigation For Tax Evasion In China
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Could Close Poorly-Performing European Properties …
BBC:
Privacy, please  —  Some campaigners worry about using social sites such as Facebook
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
AMD Spider Platform Is Gaming Supercomputer or So They Say [Spiderpig]
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What Steve Said: "HD" vs. "High Quality"
Discussion: TechCrunch and HipMojo.com
 

 
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Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
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