Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Amazon today lifted the veil on the newest additions to its lineup of tablet devices and e-readers. Clearly, in an attempt to convince consumers ahead of the holiday shopping season that its hardware can be both cheap and sexy.

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How Shazam stayed on top by reinventing itself — twice

Naming that tune has been the name of Shazam’s game for more than decade. But should you confuse Shazam for a predictable, tired old company, you’re even more clueless than the perplexed person who can’t place a familiar track.

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Facebook teams with CNN for 2012 presidential election coverage

“Election Insights,” as the destination site is called, visualizes the volume of Facebook activity involving Democratic candidates President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his veep choice, Paul Ryan.

Pinterest now pinning in Dutch and German

The additions up the total number of supported languages to seven, as the service is already available in English, two versions of Spanish, and two Portuguese dialects.

Twitter doesn’t want to share friends with Tumblr

Twitter doesn’t like to share its friends. For the second time in two months, the information network inexplicably cut off a competitor from allowing its users to find and add their Twitter friends.

FTC clears Facebook-Instagram deal

Filter-ific. The Federal Trade Commission today gave Facebook the go ahead to move forward with its purchase of photo-sharing phenom Instagram. Too bad the red-tape delay has already cost Instagram a quarter of its value.