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Around the Web 2.3.09: Motorola losses, Kindle sales, Amazon casual games store

February 3, 2009 | 10:31 am

Motorola -- Amazon launches a casual gaming store, offering downloads for $10 and less. Silicon Alley Insider

-- Do Motorola's dire earnings mean the cellphone industry is in free-fall? NYT

-- An exploding cellphone in China kills a man who had it in his breast pocket. Shanghaiist

-- Venture capital returns dip below zero. But, hey, these days many investors would kill for those kinds of results. Bits

-- Amazon sold half a million Kindles last year, an analyst predicts, saying next year will be even better. AllThingsD

-- Twitter shrinks its logo, causing many frantic tweets. VentureBeat

-- A video posted to Google Video in Italy could land some of the company's executives in jail. Bits

-- EA, Time Warner and Disney report earnings today. Here's a preview of what to look for.

-- And you thought L.A. real estate was plunging in value. Silicon Valley home values drop 17%. Mercury News

-- TED kicks off tonight in Long Beach. If you're like us, you're not cool enough to get in. Wired

Photo: The Motorola logo, or a batcry for help? Credit: Titanas via Flickr