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9:40 AM ET, September 29, 2011

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Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:
Fire  —  I don't comment on Apple products or development here, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the Amazon Fire announcement today, and it has nothing to do with the iPad.  —  Lost in the “Is it an iPad Killer?” hype is the audacious introduction of the Silk browser.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Amazon's New Kindles  —  Kindle Fire  —  The Kindle Fire's slogan says it all: “All the content.  Ultra-fast web browsing.”  That's the best sort of marketing message: simple, appealing, and true.  Well, we'll see how fast their new cloud-boosted Silk browser is in practice, but the content part is undeniably true.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, BGR and @dannysullivan
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Amazon Kindle Fire: Tablet Product Strategy Done Right
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Ice Cream Sandwich gets a two-minute tour, courtesy of a lucky eBay shopper (video)  —  The one Android update to rule them all — better known as Ice Cream Sandwich — is penciled in for an official launch sometime in the next two months, so it's only natural for some shots to leak out.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google And Samsung Announce October 11 Event: Nexus Prime Imminent  —  It looks like the wait for the elusive Nexus Prime may soon be over.  Samsung has just started sending out invites for a special Samsung/Google event that's being held on October 11 at 11:30 AM in San Diego.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung: We can't rely on Google, so we addressed Android IP issues on our own  —  With the dust still settling following the announcement that Samsung had become the latest and biggest company to license Microsoft's patent portfolio, the reasons behind the agreement started to emerge …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft cements position as Android's patent toll collector
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   Goldman: Microsoft Is Getting $444 Million Annually From Android Patent Licenses
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Is Facebook's Project Spartan [Screenshots]  —  This Facebook mobile developers page is pretty interesting, first of all because it starts with a statistic, “350 million users access Facebook from a mobile device every month,” which was just released and then because it describes Facebook …
Discussion: VisionMobile and MacStories
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Amazon Announces $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, $149 Kindle touch 3G, $99 Kindle touch and $79 Kindle  —  Amazon today unveiled its long-rumored tablet: the Kindle Fire.  Based on Android, but with a custom-designed user interface, the Kindle tablet will cost $199 and go on sale on November 15.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Barnes & Noble: $25 Off the Nook Color if You Leave Our Stock Price Alone!  —  The looming November launch of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet means bad tidings for Barnes & Noble this holiday season.  That seems to be the market's sentiment, anyway.  —  Fearing competitive pressure …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
BlackBerry PlayBook on sale at Best Buy for $299
Caleb Garling / Wired:
Ex-NASA Man Squeezes Cloud Onto USB Stick  —  Yes, you can fit a cloud on a USB stick.  —  Founded by several of the brains who conceived OpenStack - the open source software platform for building Amazon-like “infrastructure clouds” - San Francisco startup Piston Cloud Computing has squeezed …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Dennis Woodside / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on our Motorola acquisition  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, we've been excited about the positive reaction to the proposed deal — particularly from our partners who have told us that they're enthusiastic about our defense of the Android ecosystem.
Oracle:
Another Whopper from Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch  —  Oracle issued the following statement:  —  “Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch continues to insist that Autonomy was never ‘shopped’ to Oracle.  But now at least he remembers and admits to meeting with Oracle President Mark Hurd and Doug Kehring, Oracle's head of M&A, this past April.
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Autonomy: Oracle is ‘confused’ over supposed sale offer
Discussion: Guardian and TechEye
Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple fears Samsung tablet will ‘seduce’ customers, court told  —  Asher Moses  —  Apple fears the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch on to the market “with the velocity of a fire hose” and “take away iPad 2 sales so quickly” that customers may be permanently “seduced” away from Apple's iOS platform …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:   Last year, Steve Jobs tried (and failed) to defuse Samsung patent row
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP TouchPad Go details galore [exclusive]  —  So we've seen some FCC details from the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go and even got a few blurry cam photos out of China that revealed a good number of the specs (1.5GHz processor, 16GB storage, etc).  But are you ready for the full monty …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Inside Google Plus  —  For all of Google's successes, the company has an underwhelming track record when it comes to social networks.  Time after time, its attempts have been met with shrugs or downright hostility.  An early offering called Orkut languished in obscurity (unless you live in Brazil).
Sara Hamdan / New York Times:
All Aboard: Google Bus Seeks Start-Up Ideas  —  DUBAI — A bus branded with the Google logo will be traveling across 10 governorates in Egypt starting this week, including stops at universities in Cairo and Alexandria, scouting for the next generation of technology entrepreneurs with homegrown ideas on the scale of Facebook or LinkedIn.
Kevin Kwang / ZDNet:
HTC: Windows Phone to outpace competitors  —  SINGAPORE—Microsoft today released Windows Phone 7.5 operating system (OS), codenamed Mango, which focuses on making devices more socially connected and better catering to users' needs such as multitasking.  This addressing of the platform's …
Kevin Fogarty / ITworld:
Cable company a la carte plan is more like a bait-and-switch  —  Charging the same for packages and extra for ESPN doesn't make cable ‘pick your own channels’  —  After years of fighting the idea of offering a la carte service- or product menus, cable TV operators (ISPs) …
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
VentureBeat Needs To Put On Their Big Boy Pants If They Want To Fight With TechCrunch  —  VentureBeat leveled quite an accusation at TechCrunch this evening, claiming that they had evidence that suggested TechCrunch was trading stories for ad buys.  The evidence?
 
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