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12:35 AM ET, February 10, 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.
Geoffrey Fowler / Digits:
Bezos On Amazon's Gadget Ambitions
New York Times:
Amazon in Big Push for New Kindle Model
Discussion: BloggingStocks and www.gulker.com
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 …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
At Last, Google Sync Comes to iPhone and Windows Mobile
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's redesign continues to be a hit with U.S. users  —  The average U.S. social network user apparently wants to read feeds of photos, links, status updates, videos and comments on Facebook, according to the latest statistics from Compete.  The firm's newly-released study of U.S. web traffic …
Thanks:atul
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Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over Top Spot, Twitter Climbs
Discussion: RotorBlog.com, Thanks:atul
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
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
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.
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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.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Marketshare  —  IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies its CIO Leadership Exchange in Shanghai and its Pulse Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday with networking giant and Cisco-rival Juniper Networks by its side.
Discussion: CNET News and Digits
Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
Introducing Google's new Social Web Blog  —  Labels: Google Friend Connect, OpenSocial  —  We think the web is better when it's social.  Currently, you have friends locked up in one or more social networks, social applications that work on only a few sites, and multiple usernames and passwords to remember.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Social Media News, Thanks:nickgon
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 …
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 and TechCrunch, Thanks:pingfm
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple survey to help shape future of Apple TV  —  Apple has set up an online survey to find out more about how recent buyers of Apple TV make use of their box and what they do and don't like about it in an effort to improve the system.  —  The online survey asks for demographic information …
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
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Yahoo's Bartz sees growth abroad - memo  —  Since Carol Bartz took over as Yahoo CEO last month, analysts and investors have busily speculated about her still undefined strategy to mend the Internet company.  —  Bartz, the former chief executive of electronic design software firm Autodesk, has offered few clues about her thinking,
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and eWeek
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Forrester to lay off 5 percent of workforce  —  Forrester Research is cutting its workforce by about 5 percent, or 50 jobs, worldwide, the company said on Monday.  —  The research firm expects to incur pre-tax expenses of about $2.5 million to $3 million in the first quarter related mostly to severance and benefits-related costs.
Discussion: Forrester Research
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 …
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 …
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
David Karp Says Yahoo Is Not Buying Tumblr
Discussion: Gawker, Marco.org and MediaMemo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: Electronista, MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
E-book expansion stalled by price
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
DealBook:
Another View: V.C. Investing Not Dead, Just Different
Discussion: Clickety Clack
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft: We won't sacrifice original IP
Discussion: VG247
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Ad Declines in Mass Media Seen as More Than Just Economic
 Earlier Items: 
Unu / HackersBlog:
[Hacked]Bitdefender (Portugal) exposes sensitive customer data
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel cancels IDF Taiwan 2009
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechSpot
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Pay Per Post: Google Uses Every Trick To Beat Yahoo In Japan
Discussion: Obsessable, 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