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10:35 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.
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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Microsoft:
Google Takes Patent License to Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync  —  Google will be able to extend their value proposition to their customers through this license with Microsoft.  —  Earlier today Google announced Google Sync, which is made possible by a patent license they obtained …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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 …
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Paul Meller / PC World:
Mozilla to Join EU Suit Against Microsoft
Discussion: Digital Daily and Neowin.net
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
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 …
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:jny2cornell
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Clay Shirky:
Why Small Payments Won't Save Publishers
Discussion: Just Browsing, Thanks:jny2cornell
Rex Sorgatz / Fimoculous.com:   Micropayments, Reimagined
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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 …
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
How a Dentist Visit Became a YouTube Hit  —  The latest viral video phenomenon is courtesy of a trip to the dentist.  —  Eight-year-old David DeVore's woozy post-surgery high, including a monstrous scream, has earned him his 15 minutes of fame.  The video has been seen more than 6.4 million times …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
New Twhirl 0.9 public release is here  —  We have been working really hard with the feedback from Team Seesmic (nearly 5000 members!)  - the team of our core users helping us create the best social software client in the world.  I can't thank you more given the hundreds of emails …
Discussion: Webware.com, TechCrunch and Ben Metcalfe Blog, Thanks:pingfm
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Dalai Lama imposter escorted from Twitter [UPDATED]  —  The real Dalai Lama, who does not have a Twitter account.  (Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Updated 4:43 p.m.: @OHHDL is back on Twitter, but it's now labeled as “the UNOFFICIAL Twitter page of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
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.
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Meg Whitman's entrance in California governor's race sets up Silicon Valley showdown  —  Former EBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, shown here in 2005, announced that she's running for governor of California.  (Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press)  —  After months of dancing around …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Los Angeles Times, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over Top Spot, Twitter Climbs  —  With Facebook officially turning five years old recently, combined with the site surging past MySpace in Monthly Unique Visitors, it seems like a good time to take a little deeper look at the social networking giants.
Discussion: VentureBeat and RotorBlog.com, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Industry Standard, Mashable! and Pulse2
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”.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Kaspersky hires expert to analyze Web site hack  —  Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky has hired a security expert to investigate the weekend breach of its U.S. site, the company said on Monday.  —  Meanwhile, the hacker site claiming credit for the breach said on Monday that it had done …
Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
“I like this”  —  There's a lot of content my friends have shared on Facebook that's pretty awesome.  For instance, in the last few days I've seen photos from a friend's wedding, an article about U.S. President Obama's ongoing transition and status updates from a friend traveling in India.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
iPhone Carrier update?  Boring!  —  Apple has pushed out a new carrier update, but with very little detail.  It turns out that there's not actually much there.  Ars takes a peek inside.  —  If you've seen the recent carrier update message in iTunes that has popped up over the last few days …
Discussion: Macworld, MacRumors and iPhone Savior
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gina Trapani Starts a New Blog  —  Lifehacker founder and former lead editor Gina Trapani announced this morning that she's started a new blog called Smarterware.org.  She says the new site has “no ads, no digg badges, lots of sentences starting with ‘I’.”  It won't have dozens of posts daily under …
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 …
Discussion: Obsessable, Thanks:atul
 
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Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
Introducing Google's new Social Web Blog
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Social Media News, Thanks:nickgon
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
David Karp Says Yahoo Is Not Buying Tumblr
Discussion: Gawker, MediaMemo and Marco.org
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Don't worry, kids, Stanford will teach Mom, Dad about Facebook
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:ianhsu
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint Treo Pro not being released the 15th, new date TBD
Discussion: Electronista, MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
E-book expansion stalled by price
Discussion: Crave
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Yahoo's Bartz sees growth abroad - memo
DealBook:
Another View: V.C. Investing Not Dead, Just Different
Discussion: Clickety Clack
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft: We won't sacrifice original IP
Discussion: VG247
 Earlier Items: 
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Ad Declines in Mass Media Seen as More Than Just Economic
Unu / HackersBlog:
[Hacked]Bitdefender (Portugal) exposes sensitive customer data
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel cancels IDF Taiwan 2009
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's Mark Bohr: Look to biology for the future of computing
Discussion: Technology Review and The Register, Thanks:atul
Jen Aronoff / The Charlotte Observer:
The cool gig at Google
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
PC Pro:
Windows 7 a non-Starter on netbooks
Discussion: Obsessable and Hardware 2.0
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Integrate ‘QuickTime Pro’ Features into Snow Leopard?
Discussion: AppleInsider, TheAppleBlog and Macworld