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2:00 AM ET, August 24, 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
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Turning Point for Touch Screens  —  BREAKTHROUGHS often beget other breakthroughs, and Apple's slick use of touch technology on its iPhone has set touch-screen makers to salivating.  An industry once relegated to niches now sees the potential for riches.  —  The market for touch screens …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Million Dollar a Month Facebook Application  —  There's a pretty well known secret among top Facebook application developers: one developer is generating over $1 million a month.  Who is that developer exactly?  Well, most people won't talk about it and after some prodding around we've narrowed down the suspects.
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 …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Jaiku is the New Twitter  —  By “Jaiku is the new Twitter”, we're hardly suggesting it is a popular new microblogging site that may overtake the reigning king.  No, that ship has sailed.  We mean it never works anymore.  Twitter seems to have been spending cash found during its recent funding round very well.
Discussion: Googling Google
 
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Tech Pros: The Next Dinosaurs?
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Newegg Stops Collecting NY Sales Tax
Discussion: Slyck and CenterNetworks
Ed Kohler / Technology Evangelist:
What Does Twitter Followers per Tweet Tell Us?
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!
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Political conventions will be abuzz with wireless data
Discussion: eWeek
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
SSDs are hot, but come with security risks
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google making SSL changes, other sites quiet
Steven Schwankert / Network World:
China blocks Apple's iTunes, Amazon over Tibet songs
Discussion: Today @ PC World