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Around the Web 2.24.09: Kindle 2 ships today, Google.org gets new director, Safari 4 lands in beta

February 24, 2009 |  7:27 am
Amazon.com's Kindle 2 ships today
The Kindle 2 ships today. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP/Getty Images.

-- Review: The changes to Amazon.com's Kindle 2 made a very good e-book reader even better. NYT

-- But it's no iPod. E-books aren't ready for the mainstream. Wired

-- Microsoft to 25 laid-off workers who received too much severance: Never mind on paying us back. TechCrunch

-- Microsoft's Live Search and Ask.com take the prize for best display of Oscar-related search results. Search Engine Land

-- Larry Brilliant takes the prize for best name for a scientist. Oh, he is stepping down as executive director of Google.org, the search company's philanthropic arm, as Google rethinks its nonprofit investment strategy. Silicon Alley Insider

-- Apple released the public beta of Safari 4, the next version of its Web browser. MacRumors

-- Reunion.com and Wink were folded together and renamed MyLife. CNet

-- Patent rules continue to infuriate inventors, investors. LAT

-- While most Americans were sleeping, Gmail went down. VentureBeat

-- Former EA exec Kathy Vrabeck is close to resurfacing with a new job at Legendary Pictures. The Cut Scene

-- Chris Gaither

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