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Samsung Galaxy 8.9 Hands On: Is 8.9 Inches of Tablet the Sweet Spot? [Video]

Remember the Galaxy Tab 10.1? We called it the best Android Tablet yet, and it still is. This is basically that, but 1.2 inches smaller. More »


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September 26th

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 Hands On: Of Course It’s the Right Time for an Android iPod Touch [Android]

We've been hearing about Android's answer to the iPod Touch since the days when men were men and HP made computers, but the rebranded-wait-no-back-to-the-original Galaxy Player 4 and 5 are finally here. More »


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Kyle Wagner

September 26th

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What 30 Hours of Painting Without Paint Brushes Looks Like in Two Minutes [Video]

Amy Shackleton is a 25-year-old artist who paints without paint brushes. No, silly, it's not finger painting or graffiti or spilling paint and calling it a day, it's real masterpieces that look amazing. She uses squeeze bottles to make them. More »


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Casey Chan

September 26th

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Did a Meteorite Really Kill a Woman and Destroy Some Buildings In Argentina? [Wtf]

Some media is reporting that a meteorite or a piece of a satellite struck a woman in Monte Grande, Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing her and injuring eight. Witnesses say that they saw a blue ball of fire striking a house: More »


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Jesus Diaz

September 26th

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Pre-Order Goes Live, Galaxy Players 4.0 And 5.0 To Follow

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Though its had some legal ups and downs of late, Samsung is still pumping out products. Today, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has been made available for pre-order, with shipments to begin October 2. And rather than waste paper, Samsung included availability information on its Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 within the release, as well.

We’ve heard plenty about the Galaxy Tab 8.9 up until now, but with patent wars a ragin’ there was no telling whether or not the 9-inch version would be a pipe dream. But alas, the U.S. has remained unaffected by Apple and Samsung’s cat fight and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is ready to ship.

Like the larger GalTab 10.1, the 8.9 will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb with the TouchWiz UI on top. Samsung has made quite a point over the fact that this, alongside big brother, is the thinnest tablet on the market, at 8.6mm. It comes packed with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 16GB of on-board memory and an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280×800 pixel display. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 also has a 3-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat.

You can pre-order the Galaxy Tab 8.9 from Best Buy now for $469.99.

As for the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0… The only real difference between them is their sizes, measuring in at 4 inches and 5 inches respectively. Both little guys run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, along with a new “streamlined” interface. WiFi support will be along for the ride in both, as will front- and rear-facing cameras for video chat.

Pre-order for the Galaxy Players doesn’t start until tomorrow, September 27, with in-store availability to begin on October 16.



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Jordan Crook

September 26th

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Amazon signs agreement with FOX; Netflix inks DreamWorks deal

Amazon and Netflix both recently announced large content licensing deals. Over the weekend, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will provide Amazon Unbox customers with access to FOX content, bumping the Unbox library to more than 11,000 available movie and TV show titles. The new content includes 24, Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and The Wonder Years. Amazon is expected to announce a tablet during a press event on Wednesday and it is largely expected to offer access to all of Amazon’s services, including Unbox. Hit the break for more.

In addition, The New York Times reported on Sunday that Netflix has reached an agreement to provide DreamWorks content to its Netflix Streaming subscribers. “This is a game-changing deal,” DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told The New York Times, which noted that this is the first time a company as large as DreamWorks has decided to push its content to the web instead of to pay TV subscribers. Netflix will begin to offer DreamWorks titles in 2013 starting with a few upcoming titles including “The Croods,” “Peabody & Sherman” and “Turbo.” Other DreamWorks titles will filter in over time.

The following is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s email to Amazon Prime subscribers alerting them to the new content:

Dear Customer,

I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.

Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.

If you’re a Prime member, start watching now. If not, start your one-month free trial today.

Thanks for being a customer,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

P.S. You can also watch movies and TV shows instantly at our Amazon Instant Video Store, where we offer more than 100,000 movies and TV shows for rent or purchase, no Prime membership required.

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Todd Haselton

September 26th

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Amazon signs agreement with FOX; Netflix inks DreamWorks deal

Amazon and Netflix both recently announced large content licensing deals. Over the weekend, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will provide Amazon Unbox customers with access to FOX content, bumping the Unbox library to more than 11,000 available movie and TV show titles. The new content includes 24, Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and The Wonder Years. Amazon is expected to announce a tablet during a press event on Wednesday and it is largely expected to offer access to all of Amazon’s services, including Unbox. Hit the break for more.

In addition, The New York Times reported on Sunday that Netflix has reached an agreement to provide DreamWorks content to its Netflix Streaming subscribers. “This is a game-changing deal,” DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told The New York Times, which noted that this is the first time a company as large as DreamWorks has decided to push its content to the web instead of to pay TV subscribers. Netflix will begin to offer DreamWorks titles in 2013 starting with a few upcoming titles including “The Croods,” “Peabody & Sherman” and “Turbo.” Other DreamWorks titles will filter in over time.

The following is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s email to Amazon Prime subscribers alerting them to the new content:

Dear Customer,

I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.

Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.

If you’re a Prime member, start watching now. If not, start your one-month free trial today.

Thanks for being a customer,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

P.S. You can also watch movies and TV shows instantly at our Amazon Instant Video Store, where we offer more than 100,000 movies and TV shows for rent or purchase, no Prime membership required.

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Todd Haselton

September 26th

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Kodak Is Worth Less than Tumblr [Factoid]

Here's today's depressing tweet, courtesy of the WSJ's Dennis Berman: Kodak, which historically pioneered personal photography and employs almost 20,000 people, closed at an all time low, and "is now worth $468m, or $330m less than 50-person, profitless Tumblr." More »


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Sam Biddle

September 26th

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Chinese Social Network Renren Buys Video Sharing Site 56.com For $80 Million

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Chinese social network Renren has purchased China-based video and photo sharing site 56.com.The deal size is around $80 million, according to a release.

Founded in 2005, 56.com is a Chinese video sharing site where users can upload, view and share videos, similar to YouTube. The majority of the videos on the site are user-generated, consisting of content mix from performing artists, amateur groups, and video enthusiasts.

Renren, which is the closest social platform China has to Facebook, has around 30 million active monthly users and around 100 million registered users in total. The social network recently went public earlier this year, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol “RENN.”

Joseph Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renren, says that 56.com’s photo abd video sharing capabilities is complimentary to RenRen users’ social behavior. “We expect that the synergies and cross marketing opportunities between 56.com and Renren.com communities will further drive growth in user engagement, traffic, and advertising solutions to clients,” he explains in a release.

56.com has raised $30 million in funding from Sequoia, Steamboat Ventures, Adobe and others.


Company: Renren
Website: renren.com
IPO: NYSE:RENN

Renren, which is the closest social platform China has to Facebook, has around 30 million active monthly users and around 100 million registered users in total. The social network recently went public earlier this year, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol “RENN.”

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Leena Rao

September 26th

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Apple Has Been Denied the Multitouch Trademark [Apple]

It's not hyperbolic to say that Apple introduced multitouch to the masses with the iPhone. Apple thought that they could trademark it. Unfortunately for them, the United States Patent and Trademark Office thought differently. They've denied Apple the multitouch trademark. More »


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Casey Chan

September 26th

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