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9:25 PM ET, February 3, 2010

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New York Times:
Amazon Is Said to Buy Touch-Screen Company  —  In a sign that Amazon wants to upgrade its Kindle e-reader to compete head-on with the Apple iPad, Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York-based start-up specializing in touch-screen technology, a person briefed on the deal said Wednesday.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Is Amazon Building a Superkindle?  —  If you were Amazon, and Apple released the iPad, what would you do?  Scurry away into the corner, or buy a small company in New York and use its technology to build a Superkindle, with a multitouch color screen and built-in applications?  If you guessed the latter, you're right.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Drops ‘Droid’ Brand For Newest Android Phone (VZ, MOT, GOOG)  —  More Android phones are coming to Verizon Wireless, but the latest one won't get the carrier's memorable “Droid” branding.  —  The Motorola Devour, announced today, is scheduled to launch in March.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Is Android buzz starting to tarnish the iPhone's luster?  —  I pinched and zoomed the Google Maps images on my Nexus One smartphone this morning, the same pinch-and-zoom feature that iPhone (and iPod Touch) owners have been using for some time.  —  The pinch-and-zoom experience on the Nexus One …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
He Calls Google A Vampire, But Mark Cuban's Mahalo Is Doing The Sucking  —  Yesterday, Mark Cuban warned media owners in a keynote speech that Google is a vampire trying to suck them dry, giving them nothing back and daring owners to block it.  This is the same Mark Cuban who is an investor in Mahalo …
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Google is Bad for the Newspaper Business
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban May Hate News Aggregators, But He Also Wants To Invest In Them
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Monster Buys Yahoo HotJobs For $225 Million In Cash (YHOO, MWW)  —  Monster (MWW) will buy Yahoo (YHOO) HotJobs for $225 million in cash, the companies announced today.  —  Details from the release:  — “Monster and Yahoo! have also entered into a three year commercial traffic agreement …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICanHasLawsuit?  Pet Holdings Sues Other Site For Framing Failbooking With Better Domain Name  —  A few weeks ago, when I attended Public Knowledge's World Fair Use Day, I had been excited to meet the guy behind ICanHasCheezburger, Ben Huh, who was supposed to be on my panel …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's iPad May Gain an Intelligent Bezel in the Future  —  Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published two major granted patents of Apple's covering tablets and advanced touch technologies.  The first patent may provide us with a glimpse of a future implementation of an intelligent tablet bezel.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Factual Raises $1 Million Seed Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Idealab, And Angels  —  If you co-founded the company that became Google AdSense, as Gil Elbaz did with Applied Semantics, you don't have any problem finding investors when you want to start a new venture.
Schneier on Security:
Anonymity and the Internet  —  Universal identification is portrayed by some as the holy grail of Internet security.  Anonymity is bad, the argument goes; and if we abolish it, we can ensure only the proper people have access to their own information.  We'll know who is sending us spam …
Discussion: broadstuff
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Skype says new 3G iPhone app coming ‘really soon,’ will have CD-quality sound  —  After the news last week that Apple and AT&T are now allowing VoIP apps to make phone calls over the 3G network, Skype said it's still waiting to release a new 3G-ready version of its software for the iPhone.
Suzanne Bearne / nma.co.uk:
Apple recruits key talent to lead drive into mobile ad sales  —  Apple has made its first concerted move into the UK mobile advertising market as it seeks to take advantage of the burgeoning sector.  —  The iPhone manufacturer has recruited two mobile ad industry heavyweights as it plans goes head to head with Google.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
From MSFT evangelist to Mac enthusiast - the other side of the road  —  For five years I was a Microsoft evangelist to the startup and venture capital community.  That ended a couple months ago.  I am now a Developer Advocate at Google and I love it.  After years of defending Microsoft …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows veteran Mike Nash to leave Microsoft  —  A couple of weeks after Windows Senior Vice President Bill Veghte decided to leave Microsoft, another Windows marketing veteran is doing the same.  —  Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Platform Strategy, will be leaving the company in February.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Simplifies The Creation Of Business Applications With Visual Process Manager  —  2009 was a banner year for Salesforce.com.  The enterprise cloud computing company made significant enhancements to its product lineup, reported overall strong earnings, and even launched their own …
Lisa Barone / Outspoken Media:
Content is not King.  Self Promotion Is.  —  While I was at the airport last week, Dr. Pete sent me a link to his post on SEOmoz about SEO cliques and asked for my thoughts.  The post talked about the various groups that exist in SEO, how not friendly the industry can be sometimes …
Discussion: Bruce Clay Blog
Casey Chan / Android Central:
Firefox on Android Progressing Nicely, Loads First Page  —  Like we said before, it's going to take some time before Fennec aka Firefox Mobile actually gets on Android.  But at least it looks like porting Fennec over to Android is progressing rather nicely—they actually got their first page load.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Cisco earnings: ‘Across the board’ sales acceleration  —  Cisco today reported second quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations and reaffirmed the company's position that economic recovery is underway.  —  The company reported net income of $2.3 billion, or 40 cents per share, a 25 percent jump from the year-ago quarter.
Anthony Ha / MobileBeat:
Remote wipe, other new features make Google's mobile apps more business friendly  —  Google has been working over the past year to make Google Apps, its bundle of productivity applications like Gmail, work better with smartphones.  Now it's announcing several new features that may be crucial …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Nehalem Mac Pros take 20% performance hit when playing audio  —  Apple's latest Mac Pro, jammed with multicore Nehalem-based Xeon processors, is designed to be a computing beast with power to spare for the most demanding tasks.  Since the current Mac Pros became available in October of 2009 …
Jordy Yager / Hillicon Valley:
iPad-inspired vending machine woos Hill staffers  —  T echnology has changed how we communicate, watch television and travel the globe.  This morning, Capitol Hill staffers got to enjoy how technology has upgraded their Snickers bar experience.  —  The National Automatic Merchandising …
Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Flying Around With Hovercards  —  Because many of you use twitter.com to read and write tweets, we've been spending some time focusing on ways to improve your experience on the site.  Today, we're introducing a feature called Hovercards that will be a handy way to interact with the folks behind each tweet.
Thanks:atul
David Watson / Comcast Voices:
Comcast Launches XFINITY  —  Today on Comcast's earnings call Brian Roberts and Steve Burke talked about XFINITY, the new brand for our technology platform and products.  Simply put, XFINITY is about offering our customers more — more HD, more speed, more choice and more control over their services.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Report Details Hacks Targeting Google, Others  —  It's been three weeks since Google announced that a sophisticated and coordinated hack attack dubbed Operation Aurora recently targeted it and numerous other U.S. companies.  —  Until now we've only known that the attackers got in through …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Coiled for Spring Surprise: Rumor  —  Stock quotes in this article: RIMM , MOT , AAPL , GOOG  —  WATERLOO, Ont.  (TheStreet) — Finally, some signs that the creative sap is running again at Research In Motion(RIMM Quote).  —  RIM has been fairly criticized for losing a step …
Discussion: FierceWireless and I4U News
Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing will make money: executive  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's 10-month-old search engine Bing, which has struggled to make headway against Google, can be a viable runner-up and make money online eventually, according to one of its top executives.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile App or Browser-Based Site?  Report Says The Browser Will Win on Mobile  —  Mobile search company Taptu has released a detailed report showing that the future of the Mobile Web is likely to be dominated by cross-platform browser-based mobile web sites - rather than apps built specifically for iPhone …
Mohan Belani / e27:
Fusion Garage Announces Strategic Partnership With CSL Group of Malaysia, joojoo to Ship by End Feb  —  Fusion Garage just announced a manufacturing agreement and strategic partnership with mobile device OEM and distribution giant CSL Group of Malaysia.  This effectively means that the joojoo tablet …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SlideShare Launches Custom Channels for Businesses  —  SlideShare just announced that it now offers businesses the ability to create their own custom channels on the popular document sharing service.  These channels allow businesses and enterprises to share their presentations, e-books and whitepapers with a wider audience.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple's iPad heralds tablet explosion, analysts say  —  Apple's iPad tablet launch last week reflects the real start of a new market segment for media tablets that the analysts at ABI Research predict will grow from four million units shipped this year to 57 million each year by 2015.
 
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Largest News Reader?
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China Internet CEO laments state-controlled media
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Brands Try to Become ‘Mayor’ of Foursquare but Will They Pay for It?
Bloomberg:
Comcast's NBC Takeover ‘Negative’ If It Pares Program Access, Boucher Says
Discussion: Comcast Voices
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Instant Analysis: Facebook Requires Third-Party Advertising …
The Social:
Google struggles with social skills
 Earlier Items: 
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Journal Busts Down Its Paywall For A Day (HMC, NWS)
Discussion: Changing Way and FishBowlNY
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everything Tim Armstrong Taught Us About AOL Today
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Googler Joins the Obama Administration-Now We've Got a Foursome!
Discussion: The Register
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Twitter Train Has Left the Station
Discussion: Communications … and TechStartups.com, Thanks:atul
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
John Gruber's Daring Fireball Gets Comments (Whether He Likes It or Not)
Discussion: Tech Central, Mashable! and rizzn.com, Thanks:atul
Wall Street Journal:
Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad