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9:40 AM ET, March 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
That Was Fast: Kindle, Meet the iPhone.  —  Remember last month, when Amazon said that 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 now read Kindle titles on your Apple iPhone (AAPL).
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Sell Books for iPhones  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a program Wednesday for reading electronic books on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, extending Amazon's sales of digital books to devices beyond its Kindle e-book reader.  —  Amazon's software application, which can be downloaded free of charge …
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
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Amazon launches Kindle application for the iPhone  —  Not looking to drop $360 bucks on a gadget purposed almost solely for book reading, but still want to partake in Amazon's new found love for eBooks?  You're not alone - and if you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch, you're in luck.
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Three MySpace Execs Departing To Start New Company (Leaked Memo)  —  This just breaking: Three executives at MySpace are leaving the company to form their own startup, led by COO Amit Kapur (pictured here).  He will be joined by senior VP of technology Jim Benedetto and and senior VP of product strategy Steve Pearman.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO: Twitter A 'Poor Man's Email System'  —  Real-time microblogging and messaging services like Twitter could potentially become a threat to Google — whose search index doesn't keep up with conversations as quickly as Twitter's.  So what does Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt think about Twitter?
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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.
Thanks:atul
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
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!
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Redesigned Fan Pages to Compete More Directly with Twitter  —  As most brands and marketers know by now, Facebook is preparing to announce a redesigned version of its Pages product for businesses tomorrow.  —  For those that haven't seen the details on all the likely* changes …
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 …
Discussion: Bits, Crave and Gizmodo
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
The Fastest-Growing Category in the iTunes App Store: Books  —  At least as measured in terms of number of unique applications, Books have grown the fastest over the last 12 weeks.  (Data for this post limited to apps on the U.S. iTunes store through 3/1/2009.)
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, TeleRead and The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Magical ‘oo’ factor boosts Web startups  —  When it comes to the magical “oo” factor in Silicon Valley, Yahoo qualifies as the first mover, followed by Google and YouTube.  —  Make that first moover, heh heh.  —  The “oo” here is not to be confused with the visceral, ain't-it-cool “ooh” …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Oppenheimer: New iMac a better deal than Dell, HP  —  In reviewing Apple's (AAPL) new desktops Tuesday, some analysts chided the company for not setting “more aggressive price points,” as Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu put it, given today's “tough macroeconomic environment.”  —  But not Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Your first look at Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry  —  For a while now there has been talk of Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry.  Back in November we cited a report which indicated a January release, something that obviously did not come to fruition.  However, we can say with absolute certainty …
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNET.com.au:
RIM records all employee calls  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion admitted yesterday that it recorded all employee conversations in the interest of maintaining control over intellectual property.  —  RIM CIO Robin Bienfait (Credit: RIM)  —  RIM chief information officer Robin Bienfait …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:kalpeshk
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 …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Some tech companies rethink their outsourcing strategies  —  The global economic crisis, as well as pressure from the Obama administration to keep jobs at home, may be causing some tech executives to rethink their outsourcing strategies.  —  A new survey of chief financial officers suggests …
Discussion: Profy
Vince / Cuil Blog:
Rolling out a new look  —  Cuil is all about innovative techniques to bring you the information you are searching for and our user interface has always been an important part of this.  Right from the start we've used what we call the “magazine” layout — sorting results into two or three columns allowing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Discussion: VG247
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Jadoos creates a web universal remote control and social operating system  —  One of the more ambitious companies here at DEMO 2009 is Jadoos, which has started promoting its offering here as the beginning of Web 3.0.  —  If Web 2.0 was all about user-generated content and social networking sites …
Discussion: Webware.com and CNET News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Want To Know Why Newspapers Are Going Out Of Business?  Because Adding Value Never Seems To Be An Option  —  from the massive-failure-in-action dept  —  Lots of folks in the newspaper business say that Howard Owens is a guy who really gets the online news business — and recognizes the challenges and opportunities.
Hunter Walk / YouTube Blog:
Won't You Adopt a Feature?  —  Raise your hand if you've watched a YouTube video.  Cool, the “play” button definitely works but that's just the start of where the YouTube experience can begin.  Every week we release new tools, or enhancements to current ones, to help you make better videos …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Neowin.net
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Fractional Horsepower Twitters?  —  Fractional Horsepower is a very powerful idea.  It says that sometimes you can make a new product by taking an old one and scaling it down.  —  The originator of the concept, in my experience (he may have borrowed it from someone else) is Steve Jobs …
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Discussion: A VC and CircleID, Thanks:atul