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In switch, cable operators want to go a la carte. Did Foxconn Lose An iPhone 5 Prototype? Google's Biggest Threat Is Google. The Future Of Books: A Dystopian Timeline. With the launch of the Kindle Fire tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to write a little bit sci-fi and imagine what the publishing market will look like in the next ten or so years.

The Future Of Books: A Dystopian Timeline

I’m a strong proponent of the ebook and, as I’ve said again and again, I love books but they’re not going to make it past this decade, at least in most of the developed world. As we well know, ebook sales are now outpacing hardback sales and publishers are now crowing ebook numbers alongside their traditional in-store sales numbers. Soon those in-store sales numbers will dwindle and disappear simply because there will be no stores – heavy readers, the folks who buy genre fiction by the basket-full will be happy to head over to Nooks and Kindles, especially when they drop below $99 (as they will this year).

Future of New York tech. Delicious Relaunches: Exclusive Q&A With CEO Chad Hurley - Liz Gannes - Social. Tonight is the relaunch of Delicious, the little bookmarking site that helped inspire a wave of social companies in the eight years since it was founded.

Delicious Relaunches: Exclusive Q&A With CEO Chad Hurley - Liz Gannes - Social

New owners Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (a.k.a. the creators of YouTube) have ported Delicious over from previous owner Yahoo, and are ready to show their first revision to the public. Expectations aren’t terrifically high for the new Delicious, given the rareness of tech comeback stories and the fact that Delicious was never really that popular. But we can’t help but watch, given Hurley and Chen’s magic touch at YouTube. New Delicious is a Bitter Disappointment. What was once awesome and useful is now filled with dogs in costumes and photos of donuts.

New Delicious is a Bitter Disappointment

Trailblazing social bookmarking service Delicious relaunched this morning under new management: Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, the co-founders of YouTube who bought the neglected service from Yahoo earlier this year. The plan is to make the service appealing to a larger number of mainstream users. So far it's pretty underwhelming. When Yahoo bought Delicious years ago, I was disappointed it wasn't the Library of Congress that made the acquisition. It was that useful. The first steps taken in the mainstreaming effort are the introduction of "stacks" or topical bundles of links, and the addition of lots of images throughout the site. Google Drive: Is the Dropbox Party Over? On Saturday afternoon, a rumor leaked that is likely to have the Dropbox team feeling hung over as they report to work this morning.

Google Drive: Is the Dropbox Party Over?

According to a TechCrunch report, the Google Drive is real, currently being used by the Google team, and poised for a launch prior to the end of this year. Google Drive will allow users to store files on the cloud and seamlessly transfer those files between devices. The leaked screenshot of the Google Drive shows it will most likely be the Google Docs product rebranded with a few additional functionalities. Although Google Docs has the capability to store any file type, most users are not aware of this functionality and simply use it for online word processing. IBM, Intel Start $4.4 Billion in Chip Venture in New York. (Updates with closing prices in final paragraph.)

IBM, Intel Start $4.4 Billion in Chip Venture in New York

Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- International Business Machines Corp. and Intel Corp. will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a hub for next-generation computer chip technology in New York, the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, said. IBM, the world’s biggest computer-services provider, will spend $3.6 billion to develop computer chips using 22-nanometer and 14-nanometer process technology, said Michael Loughran, a company spokesman. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter and measures the size of transistors in a chip. Lower numbers indicate more advanced technology. Intel Corp., IBM, Globalfoundries Inc., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. will focus on transforming 300-millimeter wafer technology into 450- millimeter technology, which will produce twice the number of chips, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office. These Disney Cars toys interact with the iPad in a super cool way.

28 September '11, 12:51am Follow Disney has just launched a line of toys that I think are some of the coolest gadgets for kids that I have ever seen.

These Disney Cars toys interact with the iPad in a super cool way

They are a line of toys themed around the Cars universe that interact with specially designed apps on the iPad. Apple sends out invites for iPhone event on October 4th. Apple’s iPhone 5 very likely to be released on October 14th, iOS 5 on the 12th. 27 September '11, 06:31pm Follow Catch up with the very latest news at TNW Apple.

Apple’s iPhone 5 very likely to be released on October 14th, iOS 5 on the 12th

Apple today announced that it will be holding its next iPhone event on Tuesday, October 4th. This is where we will see Apple’s next device announced, but when will we see it arrive for sale? We have been told by a reliable source that you should expect to be able to line up and purchase your next iPhone on Friday, October 14th.