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(Below) Um…don’t Amazon and Sony have pretty good versions of these already?

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch says his company is investing in a mobile reading device for newspaper content. Murdoch didn’t delve into details but hinted the reader might be part of a plan to increase revenues for the flailing media companies. “People are used to reading everything on the net for free, and that’s going to have to change,” Murdoch said. The Wall Street Journal (4/2)

This morning’s news about the latest unemployment statistics was dismal and quite sobering. The U.S. has lost 5 million jobs in the past 16 months, and the unemployment rate has hit a 25 year high, reaching 8.5%. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/03/dicecom-shows-45-drop-in-tech-jobs/ 4/3)

AT&T says connectivity will soon be a major component of every type of consumer-electronics device, forcing the company to look for new pricing strategies to accommodate users who want wireless service for multiple devices. AT&T President of Emerging Devices Glenn Lurie said he did not think customers would be willing to pay a flat monthly fee for most connectivity services, but might be willing to pay on a per-use basis. Computerworld (4/2) , InformationWeek (4/2) , The New York Times (free registration) (4/2)

TomTom, in the midst of building its first wireless navigation device for the U.S., has reached a deal with TrafficCast International for real-time data on traffic and weather as well as the closest low-cost fuel stop, the Dutch company said. Navigation companies are under pressure from telecoms, which increasingly are offering similar services at more convenience and a lower cost. The Wall Street Journal (4/1)

HD Radio will be optional in 11 Mercedes models for the 2010 model year. The HD Radio will be packaged with other premium features. TWICE (3/30)

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