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4:50 PM 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kindle 2 first hands-on! (updated with video and impressions)  —  The Kindle 2 is here folks — it should look pretty familiar at this point!  Feast your eyes on the photos.  We're building out with more photos and video, so stay tuned.  We played for the unit for the briefest of moments, but it really does feel great in hand.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Interview: Stephen King On Kindle: ‘This Device Will Not Replace Books’
New York Times:
Amazon in Big Push for New Kindle Model
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Bryan Mawhinney / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Sync Beta for iPhone, WinMo and SyncML Phones  —  One of the hardest parts about switching phones is getting your address book and calendar to your new device.  We're making that process a little easier by releasing a beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones …
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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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos to release Android phone / tablet  —  We're guessing we'll hear more about this at MWC, but TI just let loose a press release crowing about Archos's use of the OMAP3 processor in an upcoming “Internet Media Tablet” that runs on Android and also doubles as a phone.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Electronista
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PC Pro:
Firefox exec: we don't want to be bundled with Windows  —  Firefox architect Mike Connor says he doesn't want the browser bundled with Windows, whilst launching a scathing attack on rival Opera's tactics.  —  Microsoft could be forced to bundle rival browsers with Windows …
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.
CNN:
Facebook flashmob shuts down station  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Thousands of dancers jammed a major London train station in a Facebook-driven “flashmob” mimicking an advertisement for a phone company.  —  And the event last Friday evening was so successful that another is planned …
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.
Maximys / SEMC Blog:
Say hello to Hikaru  —  You're right!  It's Hikaru.  As you know from this image, Hikaru will be awesome Walkman-branded slider phone with metal housing.  Hikaru is high-end device and it got high-end features: 2.6? screen, 8-Mp camera, 8 GB memory, Walkman player 4.0, 3.5mm jack …
Jen Aronoff / The Charlotte Observer:
The cool gig at Google  —  Laid-back atmosphere designed to encourage ideas in a low-stress setting  —  LENOIR It has twentysomething guys in jeans and T-shirts playing pool and video games within view of a beer tap, abundant racing-themed decor and some of the tightest security imaginable.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Bolster Cellphone Strategy
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld and ChannelWeb
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Dalai Llama imposter escorted from Twitter  —  The real Dalai Lama, who does not have a Twitter account.  (Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Some members of Twitter, the micro-blogging service, received a surprise over the weekend when they were informed that the Dalai Lama …
Will Leitch / New York Magazine:
How Tweet It Is  —  Sure, the Twitter guys still have no idea how to make money off their fabulous invention.  But for now they are living in a dreamworld of infinite possibilities, maybe the last one on Earth.  —  In case you don't remember the precise details of what the Silicon Alley dot-com boom …
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
Android Developers Blog:
Android 1.1 SDK, release 1 Now Available  —  Hello, developers!  As you may have heard by now, users around the world have started to receive updates to their Android devices that provide new features and functionality.  You may also have noticed that the new update reports as “Android 1.1”.
Rice University National Media Articles:
Revolutionary microchip uses 30 times less power  —  ‘Probabilistic’ logic allows computer chip to run faster, use less power  —  In the first real-world test of a revolutionary type of computing that thrives on random errors, scientists have created a microchip that uses 30 times less electricity …
PC Pro:
Windows 7 a non-Starter on netbooks  —  Microsoft's decision to limit Windows 7 Starter Edition to running only three concurrent applications could force up the price of netbooks in the UK.  —  The company announced last week that it was launching Windows 7 Starter Edition as a low-cost option designed specifically for netbooks.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Obsessable
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Brill's secret plan to save the New York Times and journalism itself  —  Turning Around The Times — And Journalism … Preambles:  —  A Business Model That Now Must be Flipped:  —  A business model that is based uniquely on expensive editorial quality but that derives revenue …
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 …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Pay Per Post: Google Uses Every Trick To Beat Yahoo In Japan  —  Google is undoubtedly the dominant search engine globally, but in a few countries such as Korea (Naver), Russia (Yandex) or Japan, local competitors are winning.  Especially Japan, the country with the world's third biggest Internet population …
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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: Obsessable, Gearlog and Music Ally
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Eric Bellman / Wall Street Journal:
Rural India Snaps Up Mobile Phones
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Clay Shirky:
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
German company PearC begins selling line of Mac clones
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Discussion: PC World and eWeek
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Dance show for Apple co-founder
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gizmodo
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Google's G1 phone makes it easy to track surfing habits
Discussion: Network World
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Google's First Real Threat? Twitter.
Discussion: Scobleizer and BoomTown