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2:35 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time to Crank Up the Kindle Rumor Mill: Amazon Press Conference Set for Feb. 9
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
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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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Open Gardens
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way  —  The guy on the computer help line at the White House seemed a bit harried yesterday afternoon.  —  Shortly after the workweek began, the tech-savvy Obama administration was hit with a mysterious “server outage” …
Discussion: CNET News
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Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF to White House Counsel: What Will You Do to Protect the Privacy …
Discussion: Digital Destiny
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.
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!
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: The Toybox
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 …
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 …
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.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo expected to report decline in earnings  —  Wall Street waits to hear from new CEO Bartz, though expectations low  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Yahoo Inc. is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings after the market's close Tuesday, shedding light on what was a troubled period …
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.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft: H-1B workers among those losing jobs  —  No legal obligation to keep U.S. workers over visa holders in layoff, says attorney  —  Microsoft Corp. said it is cutting a “significant number” of foreign workers as part of the layoff of 1,400 employees last week, a number that is due to reach 5,000 over the next 18 months.
 
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