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11:00 AM ET, May 4, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday  —  The last time Amazon (AMZN) held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0.  Now it is scheduling one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.  —  Expect a new, large format device that's optimized …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon plans big screen Kindle: Textbook margins are the real aim not saving newspapers  —  Updated: Amazon will reportedly unveil a new large-screen Kindle Wednesday.  The company just scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in New York City at Pace University.  Get the subtle hint?
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Big-Screen Kindle Coming Wednesday
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NYT: Big-screen Kindle coming from Amazon “as early as this week”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Trent Reznor rips Apple, rates smartphone OSes  —  Why should you care about what Trent Reznor has to say about Apple or smartphones in general?  Well, for one thing, the front-man for Nine Inch Nails is a digital music visionary who's gone it alone and found gold in the deep coffers of the Internet.
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
NAVIGON stops PND business in North America  —  After a few days of rumors about NAVIGON withdrawal from the North American market, NAVIGON's CEO Egon Minar spoke this morning to GPS Business News: “Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The two trends that are conspiring against Microsoft  —  If you clicked into this article thinking it would be a Microsoft bashapalooza or a vapid prediction about the downfall of the Seattle software giant then you're going to be disappointed.  —  Microsoft isn't going anywhere.
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — Driven by success of Boost Monthly Unlimited and wholesale, achieved the best sequential improvement in total gross additions, and loss of 182,000 total net subscribers represents a sequential improvement of over 1 million …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Outsold By BlackBerry Curve In U.S. Last Quarter  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was not the most-purchased consumer smartphone in the first quarter, according to research firm NPD Group.  That title goes to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Curve 8300 series, which was on sale at more carriers …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Places We'd Like To See Twitter  —  Now that we're hooked on Twitter, we keep running across places in life where instant access to the messaging/microblogging service makes sense.  No doubt Twitter's bizdev phones are ringing off the hook, but here's two places we'd love to hook into Twitter:
Nokia:
Nokia E71x with AT&T in stores across the U.S. today  —  Text it, don't say it - survey reveals growing trend in messaging  —  White Plains, NY, USA - Nokia announced that the slimmest smartphone on the market, the Nokia E71x, will be available in AT&T retail stores and online beginning today.
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Jive Introduce ‘Software as a Service’ Social Business Express  —  Jive Software are launching a free for 90 days cloud version of their ‘Social Business Software’ (SBS) today - a lighter weight hosted solution for those who are grappling with internal infrastructure and resources challenges …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Fred / A VC:
The End Of The IPO Drought Is Coming  —  I've said it a few times on this blog recently as offhand comments, but I feel compelled to say it a bit more loudly.  I think we will see the end of the IPO drought for venture backed companies within the next year, possibly by the end of this year.
Discussion: Dealscape and TechCrunch, Thanks:wedocreative
New York Times:
Losing Popularity Contest, MySpace Tries a Makeover  —  As Owen Van Natta, the new chief executive of MySpace, starts his second week at the sprawling social network , he faces an acute demographic problem.  —  While Facebook is adding users, MySpace is losing them.
Jerry Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an 11.6-inch Eee PC later this month, but will still consider 10-inch the mainstream specification for 2009, account for 50% of total shipments, while 11.6-inch models will account for 30%, according to company president Jerry Shen.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy to trial launch Palm Pre on June 7th  —  Well lookie here.  This one isn't 100% confirmed just yet but a ninja hit us up with what could be some pretty juicy launch details for the rumor mill's favorite handset du jour, the Palm Pre.  Here we go — according to our ninja …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM rolls out latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server  —  RIM on Monday said its latest enterprise server was available and detailed a strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard.  —  As expected, RIM rolled out its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.  The latest version offers more IT administration controls …
Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Japanese using mobile phones to find nearest toilet  —  The trials and tribulations of searching for the nearest public toilet have been eliminated in Japan - with the launch of mobile phone software guiding users to the nearest lavatories.  —  The Check A Toilet programme …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and textually.org
 
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Boost Mobile Promises to Fix Text-Messaging Delays
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Mobile Ad Spending Mobilizes, Albeit At A Slightly Slower Rate
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Web giants must limit internet's carbon footprint, say experts
Discussion: Gawker
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Scalia: Free Speech Trumps Privacy Online
 Earlier Items: 
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
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Guardian:
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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