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3:05 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too?  —  Last time Amazon had a press conference they released a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world.  Well, we've got a seat at another conference on Monday, February 9 and unless they're announcing …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will Debut Feb. 9  —  Mark your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on Feb. 9.  —  The company sent out e-mails Tuesday announcing a press conference on that date at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Updated: A Year Later, AOL Is Contemplating A Bebo Sale  —  I didn't quite believe it when one of my most trusted sources told me that AOL was seriously considering selling Bebo, the social network it acquired for $850 million only a year ago.  But I have now confirmed the rumor with three …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Man buys used iPod, gets 60 pages of sensitive military data  —  After purchasing a used iPod, a New Zealand resident found that it wasn't much use for rocking out.  Instead of playing MP3s, the gadget contained 60 pages of data on US military personnel, mission briefings, and equipment deployment.
Michael Oryl / Android Authority:
General Mobile showing dual-SIM DSTL1 Android phone at Mobile World Congress  —  We just received a note from cell phone manufacturer General Mobile telling us that it plans on showing off the world's first dual-SIM capable Android powered phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month.
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Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Congressman wants to ban silent camera phones  —  If you think the biggest problem with a camera phone is the poor quality of the photos, a member of Congress might make you think again.  Earlier this month, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Panasonic announces the Lumix ZS3, ZS1, TS1, FX580, FX48 and FS25  —  You may recall the three Lumix point and shoots that Panasonic announced on the 16th and thought that'd be the end of that.  Well, those were just a warm up and today Panasonic revealed the rest of their 2009 lineup.
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Panasonic:
PANASONIC'S NEW LUMIX ZS-SERIES, THE ULTIMATE COMPACT DIGITAL …
Discussion: Engadget, Imaging Insider, Gizmodo and Crave
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Looking to acquire.  —  I'm letting hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues slip through my fingers every year by sending people to competitors sites.  Given what everyone else in the market is doing now the only real choice we have is to acquire a mass market paid dating site or build one myself.
Discussion: Mashable!
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Activists call for a mashup-friendly Recovery.gov  —  As President Obama's $825+ billion financial stimulus package works its way through Congress, a number of groups have started to call for increased transparency in the way that data on the proposed spending will be shared with citizens.
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker and The Toybox
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Rumor: PSP 2 Coming Soon  —  Sources suggest that the PSP 2 is real, touch screen-enabled, and coming soon.  —  The evolution of the PSP has been one of small incremental updates rather than drastic aesthetic and hardware reconfigurations.  Since its debut in 2005 the PSP has undergone …
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24  —  Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone and iPod Touch 2.2.1 Firmware  —  Apple has released a 2.2.1 update for the iPhone today.  Available from iTunes, the update relays the following improvements:
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Why a ‘Google Web Drive’ Won't Kill Windows, the PC or Anything Else  —  Rumors of the GDrive, Google's supposed answer to online file storage, are bubbling up again.  The fabled GDrive is by far the most clamored-for Google service that, so far anyway, has yet to see the light of day.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Apple Gets Their Multi-Touch Patent; Is Palm Screwed?  —  The US Patent Office has signed, sealed, and delivered a late Christmas present to Apple.  On January 20th, the powers that be awarded patent #7,479,949, titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, to Apple.
InfoWorld:
Microsoft repeats IE8 lock-in warning for XP users with SP3  —  Microsoft again warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they may not be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).  —  The warning, made by Jane Maliouta, a Microsoft program manager …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AdMob circles around Android applications  —  AdMob put out a call Tuesday for Android developers, as it unveiled an ad unit specifically for applications running on Google's smartphone.  —  AdMob's ad unit is designed to allow third-party developers to generate revenue from the applications …
Arundhati Parmar / Finance-Commerce:
Best Buy seeks to expand its reach online  —  Electronics retailer hopes ‘API’ technology will boost sales and branding  —  The walls are coming down at bestbuy.com.  —  Convinced that customers' online-shopping behavior is now deeply colored by social-media experiences …
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Drive Preview  —  Late last week Western Digital briefed us on their forthcoming release of a new addition to their Caviar Green family of hard drives.  No we're not talking some sort of exotic sushi or cracker-bound fish egg here either but rather a new …
Sean Captain / Popular Science:
Hands-On with Samsung's Projector-Phone  —  An exclusive look at its two great displays and wealth of widgets  —  0.7 inches thick: the Show still makes room for a 10-lumen DLP projector that displays 480-by-320-pixel video and stills Sean Captain  —  The Samsung W7900, aka the Show, certainly lives up to its name.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oracle's Plan To Beat Salesforce: Give Customers Their Own Server (ORCL, CRM)  —  Oracle (ORCL) thinks it's found Salesforce.com's (CRM) Achilles heel: “Multitenancy.”  —  In English, that means when a customer uses Salesforce's Software-as-a-Service CRM, multiple different companies share the same physical server on the back end.
internetnews.com:
Spammers Ramp Up Short-Lived Web Sites  —  Sites that are here today, gone tomorrow are difficult to track and block.  —  In their never-ending war with antivirus vendors and other malware fighters, cybercriminals have come up with a new twist to evade detection - putting up malicious sites for one day or less on average.
Discussion: The Toybox
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire bit-side GmbH  —  Espoo, Finland/Berlin, Germany - Nokia and bit-side GmbH today announced that an agreement has been signed for Nokia to acquire substantially all assets of bit-side.  Bit-side is a privately owned Berlin-based professional services and software company with 39 employees.
 
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