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10:05 PM ET, August 23, 2008

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Andrea James / Andrea on Amazon.com …:
New version of Kindle in development & more  —  Amazon is working on a new version of the Kindle, and sees a big opportunity to market its e-book reader to college students, McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman said Friday in an e-mailed note based on meetings with management.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: Kindle Isn't *That* Big A Hit; College Edition In The Works  —  Amazon still won't tell anyone how many Kindles it's sold, or how many it thinks it will sell.  But it's distancing itself from blockbuster numbers thrown out by TechCrunch and Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, according to a new report.
Discussion: HighTouch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Amazon Confirms Student Version Of Kindle
Kevin Rose:
New iPods Coming Very Soon  —  Latest rumors:  — Revamp of entire iPod line.  — Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see pic below).  — iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.  — iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Kevin Rose unearths redesigned iPod nano, digs for more?  —  Kevin Rose of Digg origins claims to have the scoop on the latest iPod nano.  Mind you, this is the same Kevin Rose who notoriously claimed that a generation one iPhone would launch in both CDMA and GSM version with a pair of batteries and slide-out keyboard.
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Firefox 3.1 Proposal: Tabs in the Awesome Bar  —  At the end of my last post on tabs, I mentioned Madhava's concept for putting tabs into the Awesome Bar.  —  It's a scalable and elegant solution.  It has the hallmark of a good interface: it's almost invisible, with no training required to gain the benefits of the feature.
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Labnotes
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Didn't Cash In on Olympics Video  —  NBC's decision to limit the amount of Olympics footage on its Web site has ticked off sports fans.  But that decision could also dog the network in another way: NBCOlympics.com will generate just $5.75 million in video-ad revenue from the Games …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Caution: Driver May Be Surfing the Web  —  ANYTHING that keeps tykes pacified on long car trips, like video systems in rear seats, is a boon to automotive safety.  Today, Chrysler is poised to offer in its 2009 models a new entertainment option for the children: Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity.
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Bebo Launches Chat  —  This weekend Bebo has released a chat feature for their site.  The new feature resembles Facebook's chat in that there is a chat display at the bottom of every page on the site.  You can view a list which displays current friends that are online and then there is also separate windows for each instant message.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
WidgetLaboratory Strikes Back At Ning Where It Hurts  —  Yesterday we reported on Ning's termination of its most popular premium widget developer, WidgetLaboratory.  Ning removed all WidgetLaboratory widgets from its platform without warning, and in doing so broke many of the social networks that had been created by its members.
Discussion: WidgetLaboratory
Phyllis Korkki / New York Times:
In a Downturn, but Still Spending On Technology  —  It can be hard for a business to stay ahead if its technology is falling behind.  That is one reason that despite an uncertain economy, worldwide information technology spending is on track to reach $3.4 trillion in 2008 …
Discussion: ZDNet
Brandon Bailey / LinuxInsider:
Is Sun Microsystems Primed for Purchase?  —  A sliding share price and gloomy forecasts have prompted speculation that Sun Microsystems might be a tempting takeover target for acquisition by Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu or another tech giant.  A sale would be momentous, involving billions …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
SSDs are hot, but come with security risks  —  IDG News Service) Solid-state drives are fast becoming popular replacements for hard drives, especially in laptops, but experts caution that SSDs aren't as secure as commonly thought.  —  SSDs may offer better data security than traditional hard drives …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
 
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Tech Pros: The Next Dinosaurs?
Discussion: Valleywag
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
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Jon / p2pnet:
Is the ESA planning an RIAA-type attack?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
No VoIP In New Nokia N-Series Phones?  Is Nokia Turning Its Back on MobileVoIP?
Discussion: Mashable!
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Political conventions will be abuzz with wireless data
Discussion: eWeek
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
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Google making SSL changes, other sites quiet
Steven Schwankert / Network World:
China blocks Apple's iTunes, Amazon over Tibet songs
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Netbook Prices Are Now Falling
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
iHologram Looks Remarkable, but Is it Real? [Update: Not Real]
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitterers eagerly await Obama VP decision so they can pass it on