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TECHNOLOGY

Amazon revealed its third Kindle today at a jam-packed press conference in New York City. The new Kindle, which Techcrunch first caught wind of last year, is expected to have a larger screen to be used for reading newspapers, magazines, and textbooks. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/06/the-big-kindle-revealed-liveblog/ 5/6)

Old Kindle vs. the new Kindle.

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Looking to add to its subscriber base, Vudu will begin offering its collection of movies to Entone, a company that supplies set-top boxes and DVRs to regional TV providers. Vudu’s library includes more than 14,000 movies and TV programs. CED Magazine (5/2009) , xchange (5/5)

Sales of “connected” consumer-electronics products — including TVs, set-top boxes, servers, consoles and Blu-ray players — will reach 100 million units by 2013, according to a new study by Parks Associates. Kurt Scherf of Parks said the trend toward connected CE systems was fueled by consumers who wanted “whole-home access” to content as well as the ability to bring Web content to their TVs. Dealerscope (5/6) , CEPro.com (5/5)

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Vudu says it will begin offering owners of its Internet Movie Player the chance to download on-demand movies to own — not just rent — and watch them in the device’s HDX format at 1080p resolution. Most of the titles will be independents, including the critically acclaimed “Man on Wire” and John Cusack‘s “War, Inc.” Dealerscope (2/25) , CED Magazine (2/2009)

Broadcom announced the integration of Chumby content into TV sets, Blu-ray players and set-tops powered by Broadcom’s latest “system-on-a-chip” solution. When completed more than 1,000 widgets on the cuddly little $200 Wi-Fi powered device will be accessible on broadband-connected televisions including apps from Pandora, the New York Times and Scripps Networks. (Cynopsis 2/25)

Panasonic has introduced six new versions of its popular Viera LCD TVs. The updated models feature 800 lines of moving-picture resolution for minimal blurring, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast and an IPS Alpha panel for clearer pictures. Pocket-lint.co.uk (2/24)

Anthony Gallo Acoustics, as part of its Reference Series, has debuted two spherical speakers: the Strada and the Strada Center. The units can be mounted in a variety of ways and feature Anthony Gallo’s S2 Technology for low-frequency extension and a new CDT 3 tweeter. ElectronicHouse.com (2/24)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Online video streamer VUDU will rent movies in a new format, HDX, said to be of similar quality to Blu-ray discs. The retailer said it would keep adding titles to its current stock of 65 HDX-formatted videos and will not charge extra for HDX content. ElectronicHouse.com (10/2)

VUDU says that HDX titles include “Speed Racer,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” (pictured).

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WIRELESS by Marauder

WIRELESS

Verizon Wireless is in talks to acquire Alltel Corp., according to the WSJ, a $27 billion deal that would make it the nation’s largest wireless carrier. Verizon looked at acquiring Alltel last year then walked away when reports of the merger drove the price up. (Cynopsis 6/5)

Hot off the travel-related press, is news that Jet Blue’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has added support for checking more e-mail accounts than just Yahoo! Mail and BlackBerry Mail, which were previously the only ones available. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/04/gmail-hotmail-aol-mail-windows-live-mail-and-amazoncom-now-available-on-jetblue 6/4)

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