Coming Soon: More Amazon Hardware Products, Facebook Check-Ins?

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According to the New York Times, Amazon is looking into building more hardware products beyond the Kindle, citing "people with direct knowledge of the company’s plans". These products would be aimed at making it easier to purchase Amazon content, such as ebooks, music, and/or movie rentals.

The industry has been waiting for Facebook to launch location/check-in features for the better part of the year, but now CNET reports that such features could be here within weeks, citing "multiple sources familiar with the matter".

Ted Stevens Former Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a Plane crash. As MG Siegler points out, the timing of this is somewhat odd, as Stevens is known around the web as the guy who described the Internet as s "series of tubes" in the context of net neutrality. Net neutrality is of course a big item in the news currently, as Google and Verizon have released a proposal. More on Stevens here.

IBM announced today that it has acquired Datacap, which it calls "a provider of software than enables organizations to transform the way they capture, manage, and automate the flow of business info". IBM intends to integrate Datacap within its ECM business, which is part of IBM’s Software Solutions Group.

GeoEye, the satellite provider, whose GeoEye-1 provides Google with what the company calls the world’s most advanced commercial satellite imagery, was just awarded a new $3.8 billion contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity.

Nieman Journalism Lab has an interesting piece looking at tiered data plans and the possibility that they may "water down" advertising possibilities for news publishers.

Malware reached its highest levels ever in the first six months of 2010, according to a new report from McAfee.

In the first quarter of next year, HP will release a webOS tablet, if what Engadget has learned is true. Employees from the company have reportedly revealed that the device, nicknamed internally "Hurricane" was revealed in a company meeting.

Netflix announced a new deal with Epix, which will give its users streaming access to more content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. Not to be outdone, however, Blockbuster announced that its mail subscription customers can now rent video games.

Coming Soon: More Amazon Hardware Products, Facebook Check-Ins?
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  • http://www.hot.com.au/ Francesca

    I think it would be an awesome idea to release new products, something that would be greater than Kindle. Maybe launch a product that would actually feature not only ebooks but as well as music, movies, images and the likes. As of this writing, im actually flustered and excited guessing as to what kind of Amazon hardware product they would be building. As for Facebook, all i can say is “KUDOS”! They are up to date when it comes to things like this, I really hope Facebook pushes thru with the “Check ins”, a lot of people would benefit from it, and a lot of people would probably be happy once this is launched.

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