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Archives: January 2011

Asus To Release Note-Taking Tablet In Europe

Asus has a new digital note-taking device coming out in Europe next month called the Eee Note EA800. The device looks like a mix between a Wacom tablet and a Kindle.

Liliputing has more: “The tablet features a grayscale display that supports 64 shades of gray. It also has a Wacom digitizer and comes with a stylus that allows pressure-sensitive note-taking, allowing you to take handwritten notes, or draw pictures. The device also has a 2MP camera which takes color pictures (although you’ll need to export them from the Eee Note to view them in full color).”

The EA800 has an 8 –inch screen, is WiFi enabled, has about 4G in storage and weighs about a pound. It will retail for 259 Euro, or about $355 US.

Paywall to Surround Philadelphia

Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, announced a series of new digital initiatives at its media properties, chief among them the implementation of a paywall.

Content on portal Philly.com will continue to be offered free-of-charge, but in order for readers to access a “newspaper format experience” for the Inquirer and Daily News, subscriptions will be required. The content will be available on a free trial basis through Feb. 13, and the subscription fees have not yet been revealed.

In addition, the A3 page in the Inquirer will now include what the company described as “best of breed” blogs on the featured theme, to go along with the newspaper’s print content. And the Business section will be further integrated with Philly.com.

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Digital Privacy Forum: EPIC’s Marc Rotenberg Reveals 5 Ways That 2011 Will Be The Year Of Web Consumer Privacy Laws

Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), explained at the recent Digital Privacy Forum that several factors and consumer concerns have led to a rise of thinking about digital consumer privacy laws The Georgetown professor predicts that 2011 will be the year of debate over these laws.

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iPad 2 Could Have Anti-Reflective Screen

Rumors that the iPad 2 will come with a new higher resolution screen may be false. At least according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, who follows Apple closely. But it might have a better screen for reading in the sun.

AppleInsider got their hands on Kuo’s report. Here is a snippet: “The improvement of iPad 2 display,’ the report notes, ‘focuses on thickness and anti-reflection, not resolution. iPad 2 display module is 30~35% thinner than iPad 1 and it’s helpful for better form factor. Thanks to anti-reflection, iPad 2 could have better sunlight readable experience and it’s helpful for Apple to compete with Amazon’s fast growing Kindle business.’”

Kindle and Nook owners’ biggest complaint about the iPad is its bright screen, which does not bode well for outdoor reading and can be harsh on the eyes. If Apple can solve this problem, they may be able to sway readers to the tablet side of things.

WebNewser at the Beet.tv Online Video Journalism Summit

Your WebNewser editor will be helping to moderate tomorrow’s Beet.tv Online Journalism Summit live from The Washington Post. More about the summit available here, including where to watch.

We will be joined by the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza, as well as a lineup of executives from the TV, print and online worlds.

The full lineup is available at the conference site. Feel free to tune in at 9 AM ET!

Man Steals Nook From Texas Mall

An eReader theft has made headlines in Beaumont, Texas. The Beaumont Police released a surveillance video of a man allegedly stealing a $250 Nook Color from a Books-A-Million at a local mall.

has the story: “The man stole the electronic device at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, January 23. He walked over to the Nook display, examining the devices, then removed the security cable and disabled the alarm. He concealed the device behind his back and walked out of the store.”

Device thefts are not uncommon in New York City. Over the summer, a Brooklyn resident had a Kindle snatched out of his hands while reading on the subway in Park Slope.

Obama Launches Startup Non-Profit

In a bid to encourage U.S. entrepreneurs, the White House launched the Startup America Partnership, a non-profit campaign to encourage the development of new businesses.

With backing from Facebook, IBM, Intel; and leadership from AOL founder Steve Case, Startup America, the campaign pledged to provide $2 billion in matching funds from the Small Business Administration to select startup companies.

In partnership with Colorado-based startup incubator TechStars, the campaign also intends to expand the TechStars mentorship model to nurture 6,000 new entrepreneurs around the country; and encourage large businesses to invest in smaller ones. IBM has pledged to invest $150 million in new entrepreneurs, and Intel has pledged $200 million, according to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra.

Other partners include Facebook, which intends to host startup events around the country, HP, and Google.

Startup America will be funded in part by Case’s Case Foundation and the entrepreneurship-focused Kauffmann Foundation.