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Amazon Kindle Fire sells an estimated 95,000 units on first day

Amazon's next-generation Kindle tablet is lighting up the sales charts. After the Kindle Fire shot to the top of Amazon's internal sales, Fox News is reporting that the retailer has pre-sold a whopping 95,000 units - and that was just the first day of pre-orders. We're still more than a month away from the November release date, and notably, zero consumers have a had a chance to try out the tablet at retail.

10-inch Kindle Fire could be here for the holidays

Amazon made a splash when announcing its new Kindle Fire tablet, but if you think the 7-inch slate is all that the company has got up its sleeve, I've got a bridge in Manhattan to sell you. Rumors persist of Amazon's full-sized tablet aspirations, and according to at least one source, a 10-inch version of the Fire could be coming sooner than expected. DigiTimes says that Foxconn, one of the world's largest OEMs and the primary manufacturer of Apple's iPad, is preparing a 10-inch Amazon tablet for production and distribution before the end of the year.

Amazon looking to buy Palm, says HP tipster

If sources can be believed, the last parts of what used to be Palm will soon be housed within the Amazon corporate empire. A VentureBeat tipster claims that the online retailer is looking to buy some or all of the storied handheld manufacturer from its current owner, HP,  who wants to recoup at least some of its losses from its disastrous run with WebOS. While HP has been trying to offload the subsidiary and its properties for some time, Amazon is said to be closest to an actual purchase.

Amazon CEO says Kindle Fire is an end-to-end device – like the iPad

Amazon's Jeff Bezeos is understandably proud of the Android-based Kindle Fire, but perhaps not for the reasons you might think. He's quick to highlight how the branded device is a world away from other Android tablets on the market, and more like Apple's iPad. The end-to-end business model, where consumers depend on one company for hardware, software and content, is just what the Kindle Fire needs to put it above the crowded tablet space, at least according to Amazon.

Amazon Kindle Fire Q and A with PR Rep

While taking a close look at the Kindle Fire this week in New York City at the big Amazon event, we got several different perspectives on the brand new cloud-heavy elementally-named tablet. What you're going to find is that, like all presentations of products at events such as these, there is a bit more detail in wings that, while the group presenting the device doesn't mean to hide, simply isn't as relevant to the general public, and is therefor not revealed unless someone specifically asks. That's where Vince (behind the camera in this case) comes in.

Barnes & Noble stock takes a hit on Kindle Fire news

Amazon's Kindle Fire is sitting squarely in the spotlight at the moment, and Barnes & Noble investors are taking notice. The bookseller's stock price took a sizable 4% hit yesterday, with early Thursday trading sending it down another 3%. At its lowest point on Wednesday Barnes and Noble's stock hit $11.48, a loss of over 10%, but late trading helped the price rally. The Kindle Fire is seen as a competitor to Barnes & Noble's popular Nook Color tablet/reader, with the two Android-based devices sharing form factors and usage scenarios.  To help spur sales, Barnes & Noble is offering existing customers a $25 discount on the Nook Color plus free shipping, bringing its total cost down to $225. The promotion was already in place at the time of the Kindle Fire announcement, but Barnes & Noble sent out additional emails afterwards. When Barnes & Noble released the Nook Color last year, they seemed to have a decided advantage in the small "e-reader+" space. Now that Amazon has undercut the Nook Color with its $199 Kindle Fire, not to mention a new range of cheaper e-ink Kindles to compete with the Nook Touch, that no longer seems to be the case. It doesn't help that Amazon has a lead on Barnes & Noble when it comes to third-party media, like streaming video and the Amazon App Store. Of course, rumors persist of a Nook Color 2 coming in the fall or winter, when we're likely to see Barnes & Noble face each other directly with current hardware. [via All Things D]

Amazon Silk: Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser for the Kindle Fire

Along with the announcement this morning of the Kindle Fire, Amazon also had something else exciting to share with everyone. They've developed a brand new cloud-based accelerated browser specially for the Kindle Fire and future Amazon tablets -- called Amazon Silk Browser. Essentially this is a browser that uses the many cloud based services and technology offered by Amazon and does all the dirty hard work and rendering for you, so users have blazing fast browser performance no matter what the situation. We have a few details and a video demo below.
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