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11:05 AM ET, February 9, 2009

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Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Kindle 2  —  Kindle's Revolutionary Wireless Delivery and Massive Selection of Content — Now in a New Slimmer Design With Longer Battery Life, Faster Page Turns, Over 7X More Storage, Crisper Images and New Read-to-Me Feature  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) …
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Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Announce New Kindle  —  Amazon.com Inc. is announcing a new version of its Kindle e-book reader on Monday.  And, in a sign that the electronic book is gaining clout in the publishing world, Amazon is also expected to say it has acquired a new work by best-selling novelist Stephen King …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Time for Kindle to go open source  —  Amid all the hubbub over the launch of the new Amazon Kindle (at the Morgan Library in New York, 10 AM, be there and tell me what happened) two words are notably absent.  —  Open source.  (Picture from Amazon via C|Net.)
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LIVE Amazon Unveils Kindle 2.0 - New Look, Same Price  —  Amazon Unveils Kindle 2.0 - New Look, Same Price  —  Live from the Morgan Library in New York, Amazon (AMZN) unveils the second version of its much-hyped e-book.  I'll be updating live - as long as the wi-fi or Sprint's mobile broandband cooperates.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Gemini 9300 information, specs  —  First there was “Pluto,” then were was “Magnum,” but now we're talkin' about something totally different — Gemini.  What's Gemini you ask?  From what we've been told, the working model number is 9300, so that's BlackBerry 9300.
beyond 140 for @lewmoorman:
Google's First Real Threat?  Twitter.  —  As Google's search share approaches 85%, there is constant debate over who could possibly challenge them.  Some mighty forces (e.g. Ballmer, Wales, Diller) have aligned against them, but the lead just keeps growing.  —  I have seen the threat.
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Price For New Windows Mobile Backup: Free (MSFT)  —  Not a huge surprise: Microsoft (MSFT), whose Windows Mobile operatring system has been lagging compared to offerings from Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), and now Google (GOOG) as well, is set to introduce its own “app store” for Windows Mobile phones.
Discussion: AppleInsider and WebProNews
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Bolster Cellphone Strategy
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Phone Scoop
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Integrate ‘QuickTime Pro’ Features into Snow Leopard?  —  The latest Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard seeds suggest that Apple may be eliminating the ‘QuickTime Pro’ upgrade that is currently offered as a $29.99 upgrade to Mac users.  —  Apple has long reserved several additional features …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker wins legal round against Apple  —  Psystar can argue Apple abused copyright laws, judge rules  —  Computerworld) A federal judge last week ruled that Psystar Corp. can continue its countersuit against Apple Inc., giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple.
BBC:
Dance show for Apple co-founder  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be among the 13 competitors on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, US television network ABC has announced.  —  The Strictly Come Dancing-style show will feature a range of entertainment and sport figures and former competitors from the show.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Cindy Geng / Interfax TMT China News:
Online store wrangling scuppers China Mobile iPhone talks  —  Beijing.  February 9.  INTERFAX-CHINA - China Mobile's insistence on administering the online sale of iPhone applications caused the breakdown of the operator's talks with Apple over bringing the iPhone to China …
Discussion: AppleInsider, iLounge and mocoNews.net
DigiTimes:
Acer and Asustek continue expanding shares in US notebook market in 4Q08, says IDC  —  Despite a drastic slowdown of global PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2008, Taiwan-based Acer and Asustek Computer managed to continue expanding their shares in the US notebook market in the quarter, according to data from IDC.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Google's G1 phone makes it easy to track surfing habits  —  The new Google phone, dubbed the G1, has been touted as a working man's smartphone — a cheap, Web-friendly wireless device that can make life easier for millions of consumers.  —  The G1, as it turns out, also stands to make life …
PC World:
Bargain Monday: $99 BlackBerry Storm on Amazon  — Still craving a BlackBerry Storm?  This might be the right time to get one.  Amazon has lowered the price of the BlackBerry Storm to $99 — albeit with a few catches.  This deal beats Verizon's own buy-one get-one-free offer …
Discussion: Music Ally
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Sirius XM Got, and Rebuffed, Bid  —  Satellite Mogul Ergen Offered to Inject Capital for Firm to Use in Paying Debt  —  Satellite mogul Charles Ergen made an unsolicited offer late last year to take control of Sirius XM Radio Inc., and was rebuffed, according to people familiar with the situation.
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Samsung TouchWiz 3D UI gets Update for MWC 2009  —  The Samsung TouchWiz smartphone UI runs for instance on the rather successful Samsung Omnia phone and according to Samsung TouchWiz is used already by 1 million users.  Today Samsung announced an update of the Touchwiz UI to debut at the Mobile World Congress 2009 next week.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Ad Spend Still Had A Strong Year—In Australia, That Is  —  While even online advertising succumbed to the recession last year, things had been looking up down under.  The Interactive Advertising Bureau-Australia says that web ad dollars rose 27 percent to $1.7 billion (Australian dollars) during '08 ($1.1 billion USD).
Discussion: WebProNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Wake Up Call: Facebook Isn't A Safe Haven  —  Facebook just turned 5 years old.  But a week that should have been filled with reflection and good times was instead marred by a series of breaking news reports detailing sex scandals, phishing, and other malicious activity on the world's largest social network.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ruckus Music Service — Which Was Supposed To Save The Industry — Now Dead  —  Remember Ruckus?  That was the attempt by a former recording industry guy and a former Napster employee to create an online music service that colleges would pay for, but which students could use for “free” …
Discussion: p2pnet, Slashdot and TechCrunch
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPhone Becomes a Web Server  —  When those Apple advertisements tout “there's an app for just about anything,” they aren't kidding.  The latest example?  A new iPhone application which just debuted in Japan's App Store transforms the handheld into a full-blown web server.
 
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