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3:50 PM ET, October 7, 2009

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Steven Levy / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Goes International — With a Little Help From AT&T  —  Although Amazon's Kindle e-reader has become the first major hit in its category — and the best-selling product in Amazon's entire store this year — it does have its drawbacks.  One of the biggest is that its wireless connection to the Kindle store works only in the U.S.
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Amazon Kindle Now for Sale to Customers in More Than 100 Countries  —  Over 200,000 English-language books now available to readers around the globe  —  Kindle is Amazon's most wished for, most gifted, and #1 bestselling product, but prior to today it has been available only to U.S. customers.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19
DigiTimes:
Foxconn said to be tapped to make Apple tablet PC, shipments expected to begin in 1Q10  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturing partner for an upcoming tablet PC device from Apple, according to market sources.  The device is expected to hit the market …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google: We're Hiring, and Spending, Again  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt used the opening moments of a New York City press conference to reinforce a message he's been delivering for a couple months: The search company thinks the worst is over, that things are looking up, and that it's spending accordingly.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Reviewing Some Bad Google Search Results With Sergey Brin  —  After today's Google search press briefing, where I raised the issue of some poor quality search results in Google at one point, Sergey Brin asked me to demonstrate a few.  My pleasure!  Below, what we reviewed and comments from Google's cofounder.
Discussion: MediaMemo and TechCrunch
Andrew Lookingbill / Google LatLong:
Your world, your map  —  One of the exciting challenges of working on the Geo team at Google is that the physical world is constantly changing, and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavor.  For example, 15,000 miles of roadway are built in the United States each year.
Tony Dokoupil / Newsweek:
Striking It Rich: Is There An App For That?  —  Seeking fortune and fame, entrepreneurs rushed to create programs for Apple's App Store.  That's not always what they found.
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How the FCC Plans to Support 30x More Wireless Traffic
Discussion: internetnews.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In E-Books, It's an Army vs. Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Whenever it can, Google likes to have programmers solve its problems.  But now it faces a dispute that even its ranks of lawyers and lobbyists are finding hard to smooth over.  —  A broad array of authors, academics …
Discussion: Against Monopoly
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission market tests Microsoft's proposal to ensure consumer choice of web browsers; welcomes further improvements in field of interoperability  —  The European Commission will on 9 October 2009 formally invite comments from consumers, software companies, computer manufacturers …
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android to grab No. 2 spot by 2012, says Gartner  —  Exclusive: Global forecast puts Android ahead of iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile  —  Computerworld - While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2% of all smartphones, Gartner Inc. predicts …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: Dell's Android phone is coming to the U.S.  —  Remember the Dell Mini 3i, Dell's China-only Android phone?  Well it's not China-only anymore.  —  Rumor has it that Dell will bring the Mini 3i to the U.S. in the next few months to compete with other Android phones coming down the pike from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.
Bing / Search Blog:
Use Your Voice to Text, Call and Search with Bing  —  Today Sprint Wireless announced their new Samsung Intrepid phone with a new voice user interface from Tellme.  This new interface will allow you to search the Web with Bing by speaking your search query, compose a text message or even dial …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Cloudboard  —  Google tests a service called Cloudboard, an online clipboard that should make it easy to copy data between Gmail, Google Docs and other Google services.  The service is not publicly available yet, but there are many references to it.  —  An internal feedback form …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Samsung Moment slider coming to Sprint, packing Android (update: official, $179)  —  Samsung just accidentally leaked a Sprint-bound Android QWERTY slider called the Moment in an otherwise totally boring press release about its OLED handset lineup — it'll have an 800MHz processor …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode  —  Google's new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says “Google.”  Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code.  Inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver filed the patent on October 1949, and it was granted, No. 2,612,994 (pdf), on October 7, 1952.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Unveils An Alternative To The iTunes Music Store, Powered By Amazon MP3  —  Last week doubleTwist, the media management software company with DVD Jon as its CTO, released a remake of Apple's classic 1984 commercial featuring none other than Steve Jobs as a malevolent dictator.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Compuware Buys Gomez For $295 Million In Cash  —  Compuware is acquiring Web app experience management solution provider Gomez for $295 million in cash.  The deal is expected to close in November of 2009, following government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions.
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
NeighborGoods: Craigslist for Your Neighborhood  —  NeighborGoods, a web site that lets you share stuff with people in your neighborhood, today is launching publicly in its first city, Los Angeles.  It's somewhat of a cross between Facebook and Craigslist.  For example, if you need to borrow …
Discussion: TechCrunch and lalawag
Simon Fletcher / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Facebook design refreshment in the works [Screenshots] (updated)  —  Update from Facebook at the foot of this post  —  We have been tipped off that there may be an “improved” version of the Facebook news feed in the works.  The new feed is not very different from the current one available …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Planning Pay-For Global iPlayer; $10 For Doctor Who?  —  BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial wing, is planning to launch a pay-for video-on-demand portal, a range of new paid mobile apps and a series of ecommerce partnerships overseas, after enduring a “nightmare” year in the depressed international advertising economy.
Reuters:
Dell to shut N. Carolina plant, cut 905 workers  —  * Winston-Salem plant closure to be complete in Jan  —  Dell Inc (DELL.O) said it will close a North Carolina desktop computer manufacturing plant early next year, laying off 905 workers, as the world's No. 2 PC maker continues to shed jobs and streamline its business.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
HitWise Says Microsoft Bing Fell 5% to Google's Gain  —  Microsoft Bing's U.S. search fell from 9.49 percent of U.S. search share in August to 8.99 percent in September, according to figures from HitWise.  Google recorded 71 percent of U.S. searches from 70.2 percent in August.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Holiday Outlook for eReaders and eBooks: Even Better Than Previously Thought  —  There can be little doubt that eBook and eReaders are having a breakout year.  Today, Forrester Research moved its original projection of 2 million US eReader sales in 2009 up 50%.
Kevin Poulsen / Epicenter:
Google's Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles  —  Imagine a world where Google sucks.  —  It might seem a stretch.  The Google logo is practically an icon of functionality.  Google's search engine and other tools are the company's strongest, if unstated, argument in favor …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Buffalo ships world's first USB 3.0 hard disk drives this month  —  It's fine to announce USB 3.0 gear, but it's another thing entirely to actually put it up for retail.  Buffalo's making the boast today that its HD-HU3 series of USB 3.0 hard disks will be the “world's first!!” to ship.
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
BBC:
Web mail scam propagates itself  —  The industry-wide phishing scam that has affected popular web mail services such as Hotmail and GMail, is spreading, according to experts.  —  Security firm Websense says it has noticed a sharp rise in spam emails from Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail accounts.
 
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Washington Wire:
Chamber CEO Takes a Bite Out of Apple
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David Scheer / Bloomberg:
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Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
Tina Brown: The Web Audience is ‘Vibrant, Growing’
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
GetAFreelancer Hits 1 Million Users, Switches Name To Freelancer.com
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Eases the Way to More Revenue
Discussion: paidContent and hypebot, Thanks:atul
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Kohjinsha dual-screen swivel netbook prototype hands-on
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Michael A. Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Mini 311  —  HP's Ion-powered netbook delivers strong …
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Motorola Will Not Support Windows Mobile 6.5
Discussion: Phone Arena, I4U News and SlashGear
San Francisco Chronicle:
Pentagon: Our cloud is better than Google's
Michael Ho / Techdirt:
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The Frisky:
Regretsy, Where Bad Crafts Go To Thrive
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
R.I.P. Good Times: One Year Later
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Man banished from PayPal for showing how to hack PayPal
Discussion: Threat Level