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3:50 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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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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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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Settles With IBM, Papermaster To Join In April (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) has “resolved” its litigation with IBM (IBM) over hiring former IBM exec Mark Papermaster, who will become Apple's senior vice president of devices hardware engineering.  Papermaster will start on April 24 …
Discussion: AppleInsider and CNET News
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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   AOL might sell Bebo? “Absolutely ridiculous”
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.
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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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming video cannibalizing DVD rentals, says Netflix  —  Netflix says that DVD rentals are down for subscribers who make use of the company's online streaming service.  Though it doesn't hurt Netflix's bottom line, the trend certainly spells bad news for physical media, including Blu-ray.
Discussion: Tech Beat, last100 and Seeking Alpha
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
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:
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.
Fred / A VC:
Twenty-Two Years Of Job Creation Wiped Out In One Day  —  I have worked in three venture capital firms over the past twenty-two years.  First at Euclid Partners from 1986 to 1996, then Flatiron Partners from 1996 to now, and Union Square Ventures from 2004 until now.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Top 10 Newspaper Sites See 16% Growth in December 2008 Web Traffic
Discussion: CNET News
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oracle's Plan To Beat Salesforce: Give Customers Their Own Server (ORCL, CRM)
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google promotes Chrome with YouTube ads
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF to White House Counsel: What Will You Do to Protect the Privacy …
Discussion: Digital Destiny
Business Wire:
Digitalsmiths Raises Additional Equity
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo expected to report decline in earnings
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama Broadband Plan Is Too Small, Has Too Many Conditions, Companies Say
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Nexus Gaining Traction in Managed Hosting
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
McNealy: Hire Great People And Delegate
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way
Discussion: CNET News
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft: H-1B workers among those losing jobs
Discussion: Slashdot, Coop's Corner and eWeek