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This morning, I’m recovering from walking the massive show floor at the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nev. I’ll be heading back out for day two in a couple of hours. While I’ve only seen a fraction of what the show has to offer, several trends are already noticeable.

Most of the trends come as little surprise. We knew that tablet computers would be popular (though there aren’t as many on the show floor as I had expected). Amazon’s success with the Kindle pretty much guaranteed we’d see more e-readers this year. Netbooks have a strong presence again. As far as televisions go, it seems everyone has 3-D and Internet-capable sets to show off. And technology that either lets you pretend to play music or actually teaches you how to play is huge.

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The Barnes & Noble Nook is getting some buzz in the technology blogosphere. But is this going to be a case of all talk and no substance? Recent announcements of shortages and limited supplies may mean that the Nook will get into very few hands this holiday season. Click to read more.

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Three men busted in slots scheme at Meadows Racetrack & Casino – “State police Tuesday arrested three men — including a former Swissvale police officer — in connection with a heist that Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani called “one of the single largest casino machine thefts in American history.”” Surgeons offer eyesight tailored to […]

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Amazon announced that it’s releasing a new version of its ultra-popular Kindle reader. This one is geared toward international audiences, and will let you use 3G wireless connectivity to let you download books and periodicals in more than 100 countries, according to the online retailer. It’s listing for $279. But in the United States…

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Lots of stuff going on today, so here are some highlights:

Nintendo dropped the price of the Wii to $199 in the United States. John P. Falcone wrote in CNET’s Crave blog about the change, which comes hot on the heels of Sony’s cut in the Playstation 3’s price to $299, and a little farther back, Microsoft’s cut in the 120GB hard drive version of the Xbox 360. I’m guessing that will help push the three consoles through the holiday season, but I’m also thinking sales will remain slow, based on what I’ve heard.

Andrew Nusca wrote at ZDNet that Microsoft‘s acquisition of Danger has yielded two Sharp-manufactured phones, the Turtle and the Pure. These are part of the so-called Pink Project. The pictures look a little like Danger’s Sidekick devices. A few days ago, Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet said Pink Project phones will use a version of Windows Mobile 7 and will be able to use the Zune music store.

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OK, I admit it, I’m excited. I can’t help loving paper books — the look, the feel, the smell — so I’ve been telling myself that I don’t want to buy an electronic book. After all, I say, I’ve got to spend what, $300? $400? And then I have to buy the books. Might as well stay analog.

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On Monday, Barnes and Noble announced a partnership with Plastic Logic Inc. that will bring the companies into direct competition with the Amazon Kindle eBook reader. According to New Mexico Business Weekly, the Logic eReader measures 8.5 x 11 inches and has wireless capability. It also uses an electronic ink display, just like the Kindle. Electronic ink displays help conserve power — the device only has to draw upon the battery whenever you turn the page.

Today, AP writer Peter Svensson reports that AT&T will support the wireless function of the device, much like Sprint provides the wireless support for the Kindle. Now that the wireless piece is in place, we have ourselves a real ebook reader battle!

Of course, Sony has had an ebook reader called the Reader Digital on the market for a while now. Some people prefer the Sony device’s form factor over the somewhat awkwardly-shaped Kindle. But Sony’s eBook reader lacks one of the Kindle’s major selling points — wireless capability.

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Google likes books. This much we knew. Otherwise it wouldn’t be working so hard on its digitization project — and ruffling many feathers along with way with regard to copyright issues and questions of who controls the material. But Google’s moving from the already-published (and mostly out-of-print) to the not-yet-published.

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Crunchgear broke the news earlier this week — Amazon is set to announce a new Kindle format tomorrow. But this new Kindle isn’t going to replace the Kindle 2. The new Kindle is larger than its cousin. Ideally, the large format will make it easier to read electronic newspapers and magazines.

Engadget snagged some covert photos of what appears to be a run-through of the presentation that will take place on Wednesday. The new Kindle, dubbed the Kindle DX according to Nilay Patel of Engadget, looks like a larger version of the old Kindle — black and white screen included. Patel says that the DX’s screen will measure 9.7 inches (about 24.6 centimeters). The earlier versions of the Kindle have a six-inch screen (15.2 centimeters). It will also have one other new feature: Patel says that the new Kindle will have a built-in PDF reader functionality.

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The hectic pace of electronic innovation has created an enormous amount of waste across the planet. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about how trashed computers and electronic waste affect the world’s ecosystem.

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