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5:35 AM ET, February 10, 2009

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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.
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Amazon.com:
Introducing Amazon Kindle 2
Geoffrey Fowler / Digits:
Bezos On Amazon's Gadget Ambitions
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 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
Discussion: InformationWeek and Lifehacker
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch in Android, and Google complied  —  One of the bigger complaints about T-Mobile's G1, the first phone based on Google's Android platform, is that its touch screen doesn't use multi-touch, the technology which allows for a screen to accept multiple points of contact as simultaneous input.
Discussion: Edible Apple, Thanks:sampad
New York Times:
Google Taking a Step Into Power Metering  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will announce its entry Tuesday into the small but growing business of “smart grid,” digital technologies that seek to both keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce electrical energy consumption.
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.
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
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.”
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Microsoft Catch Up in Mobile?  —  Going well beyond its current Windows Mobile software, Microsoft will try to extend its desktop dominance with a “Windows phone.”  Is it too late?  —  Microsoft (MSFT) executives have long spun visions of a world where computer users …
Discussion: Mobility Site
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share  —  IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies at 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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zumbox creates an all-digital alternative to the U.S. Postal Service  —  The U.S. Postal Service is about to get some competition in the digital world.  Zumbox is launching the public beta test today for its all-digital alternative to the paper postal service.  —  Wait a minute, you're thinking.
Discussion: TechFlash
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Launches OpenSky, Free Service to Call Skype From Any VoIP Phone  —  Gizmo5, the company behind the SIPphone project is launching a new gateway that allows people using any VoIP service to call Skype users and vice versa.  This free Skype gateway is called OpenSky.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Oodle raises round, plans to relaunch Facebook Marketplace soon  —  More people will have more stuff to buy and sell informally during a recession, classified advertising network Oodle might hope.  It has just raised $5.6 million from existing investors, presumably to help itself do well during the current economic conditions.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Georgia mulls ban on covert GPS trackers  —  Georgia legislators are pushing for a ban on the covert use of GPS tracking devices—but if lojacking people without their consent violates privacy rights, should police remain free to do it without a warrant?  —  According to a slew …
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
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco's Cash Hoard Swells Along With Acquisition Rumors  —  With $30 billion, Cisco Systems likes to point out it has more cash on hand than any other technology company.  So why did it just sell $4 billion worth of debt on Monday?  —  Cisco has been rather upfront about plans to make acquisitions.
Discussion: investor.cisco.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Goodrec Launches Its Mobile-Friendly Online Review Site To The Public  —  Goodrec, a recommendation site that was first introduced at TechCrunch50, has launched its online review hub to the public alongside a new iPhone application.  The site differentiates itself from other similar sites …
Discussion: Webware.com
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
Business Wire:
Next Generation Acer Aspire One Netbook Now Available for U.S. Customers  —  New 10.1-inch Netbook Offers Mobile Freedom, Productivity and Reliability  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Acer America, part of the world's third largest PC company1, today announced U.S. availability …
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 …
 
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Discussion: VG247
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel cancels IDF Taiwan 2009
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechSpot
Jen Aronoff / The Charlotte Observer:
The cool gig at Google
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos to release Android phone / tablet