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7:55 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
Discussion: HighTouch
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
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ning Shuts Down Premium Developer WidgetLaboratory
Discussion: broadstuff
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
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Shareholders Disgusted With Yahoo! Board  —  Did Yahoo! hide how angry its shareholders are at the company?  —  After revealing late Tuesday that it had grossly downplayed the number of shareholder votes that opposed the re-election of Chief Executive Jerry Yang and other members to the board …
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Newegg Stops Collecting NY Sales Tax  —  Consumer electronics retailer Newegg announced Friday that it would no longer comply with a New York state law requiring the collection of online sales tax.  —  “After careful review and consideration, we are pleased to inform you that we have stopped collecting …
Discussion: Slyck and CenterNetworks
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
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
The state of Palm- turn out the lights  —  Ryan Block has left the building.  Ryan was the Editor-in-Chief at engadget and is leaving to start a new venture with Peter Rojas.  I won't wish them luck as they don't need it, anything those two do together will be a raging success.
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
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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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!
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.
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 …
 
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Discussion: Mashable!
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