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1:40 PM ET, March 4, 2009

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Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple's App Store  —  Read some on your iPhone, read some on your Kindle, customers can now synchronize their reading and enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch
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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of Kindle on iPhone  —  As I predicted in my review of Amazon.com's Kindle 2 e-book reader last week, the giant bookseller has moved quickly to make the 240,000 book Kindle catalog available on other devices.  On Tuesday night, the first Kindle software reader appeared, and it's a free iPhone app.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
That Was Fast: Kindle, Meet the iPhone  —  Remember last month, when Amazon said it planned to make its Kindle e-book titles available on other devices, but wouldn't say what devices, or when?  —  Now we know.  As of today, you can read Kindle titles on your Apple iPhone.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Fallout from Kindle software for iPhone/Touch? …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ZillionTV, the next generation of video on demand  —  During a long career as a television and technology executive, Mitch Berman has tried to sell several different iterations of TV, often in their formative stages.  These included premium cable networks (at HBO), original cable programming …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
ZillionTV: Hollywood and ISPs Unite to Deliver Video over the Net
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Google Search of a Distinctly Retro Kind  —  Last month an e-mail message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific.  It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500.  The cost was $370.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Gavriella Schuster / Windows for your Business:
Behind the Scenes of Windows 7 Enterprise  —  There's been a lot of talk in the community about what Windows 7 offers consumers.  Today, I'd like to highlight the enterprise value of the product and how it reflects what customers and partners told us enterprises need most.
Discussion: InfoWorld and DailyTech
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 gets down to business
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter: We Can Do What Google Can't  —  Venture Capital Backer Says Search Is Reason It Walked Away From Facebook Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter sees lucrative opportunities in search, albeit a different kind of search than what Google offers, and, as co-founder Biz Stone told Ad Age recently …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why Google won't remove that page you don't like  —  (This is just a post from my personal perspective, but I hope it's helpful.)  —  Every few weeks or so, someone contacts me and says “Hey Matt, there's page out on the web about me that I really don't like.  Is there any way to remove it from Google's index?”
Discussion: Mashable! and greg hughes
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Palm Treo Pro for Sprint gets dated  —  The Treo Pro was supposed to launch in January on Sprint and then it was rumored to launch on the 15th of February, but that never happened either.  Then we realized the Pre was coming, so the Treo Pro didn't matter at all.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Smart Execs Leave Before The Fall.  —  When a smart, ambitious executive who isn't the CEO leaves a company, it isn't necessarily a sign of trouble.  Sometimes that executive isn't performing all that well, or he/she wants to see if they can make it at their own startup where they call the shots.
Discussion: Internet Evolution
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Source Confirms 50 Layoffs in Sales  —  A source in Apple's enterprise group confirmed the company had layoffs today.  Fifty salespeople lost their jobs — even as the blogosphere collectively scoffed at the idea that layoffs were happening.  —  That's not a “major” layoff, as one Valleywag tipster maintained this morning.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Sales Layoffs Story Not True
Discussion: Digits
Google Mobile Blog:
Finance for Android App  —  Just over a year ago, during a user experience research trip for Google Finance, we were at the home of a stay-at-home mom / day trader.  She was frustrated that there were “personal blackout periods” in the trading day when she was entirely disconnected from the stock market …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Setting the iPhone Free from AT&T  —  Consumer groups, small wireless carriers, and even Mozilla say all such exclusive deals are anticompetitive, and they're taking the fight to Washington  —  As the exclusive U.S. carrier for the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, AT&T has had a lot to celebrate.
Discussion: Network World and MacDailyNews
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Netbook Headache May Persist as Buyers Won't Trade Up  —  Microsoft Corp., already suffering from netbook makers using older and cheaper versions of Windows, probably won't find a remedy with Windows 7.  —  Microsoft is planning to offer several editions of Windows 7 for netbooks …
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Activision to Use $3 Billion Cash for Acquisitions as Targets' Prices Drop  —  Activision Blizzard Inc., with $3 billion in cash and no debt, will consider acquisitions as the recession brings down the prices of potential targets, the company's top publishing executive said.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Start Up Likaholix, A Micro-Sharing Service For Personal Recommendations (200 Invite Codes)  —  Likaholix is a brand new web service that lets you share personal recommendations about virtually anything with the world.  The tool lets you build a list of things you like and recommend …
Discussion: VentureBeat and louisgray.com
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Sell-Out Like Gawker Media  —  Blog network Gawker Media's ad revenues are up 20% year-over-year, according to an internal memo obtained by the Poynter Institute.  Not bad, considering the recession.  —  The secret, says Gawker owner Nick Denton in the memo, has been those big …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and The Mind of Alex
Kentc / Kent Compton:
What would you like changed/improved in Windows Live?  —  Most people feel it is too hard to give someone at Microsoft their feedback.  I know I felt that too when I was a non-Microsoft employee (and I still feel that way as a consumer of other company's goods and services).
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney Might Build Its Own Netflix, iTunes Rival  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger told a conference audience yesterday that the company is “is considering creating a subscription-based online movie and TV rental service from the company's huge video library,” reports Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke.
JKK / jkkmobile:
Hands-on with Asus Eee PC 1008HA  —  Click to see the video
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Nvidia Big Winner In Mac Makeover  —  Apple sprinkles graphics chips into its lineup liberally.  —  Don't be fooled.  While Apple left the looks of its lineup of desktop computers largely unchanged Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker completed an important shift as it tweaked …
 
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Electronista:
EU softens monitoring of Microsoft
Discussion: The Register, Reuters and DailyTech
Jim Rossignol / Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
Capcom On Digital Distribution, PC Ubiquity
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Magical ‘oo’ factor boosts Web startups
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNET.com.au:
RIM records all employee calls
Vince / Cuil Blog:
Rolling out a new look  —  Cuil is all about innovative techniques …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Redesigned Fan Pages to Compete More Directly with Twitter
Discussion: Charles Hudson's Weblog, All Facebook and p2pnet, Thanks:atul