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9:50 AM ET, February 9, 2009

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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 …
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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.)
Discussion: CNET News, Crave and Engadget
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
A New Kindle While Journalism Burns
Discussion: PC World and TechFlash
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
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Bolster Cellphone Strategy  —  Microsoft Corp. is planning a series of new programs and services for mobile phones, responding to stiff competition from Apple Inc. and other rivals.  —  The offerings will include an online bazaar for distributing software to cellular phones …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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.
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Insanely Great Mac
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Broadband spending trimmed in stimulus compromise  —  The Senate's compromise cuts $2 billion from spending on broadband deployment as legislators wrangle over who will control the remaining funds.  —  Spending cuts are the theme of the Senate's compromise draft of legislation meant to inject cash into a flagging economy.
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.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Orbitcast
InfoWorld:
Toshiba develops higher bandwidth FeRAM  —  Toshiba has developed a higher capacity version of its FeRAM (Ferroelectric RAM) memory that can send and receive data at eight times the speed of its previously detailed prototype.  —  FeRAM is a relatively new type of memory that combines the speed …
 
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