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Microsoft to Upstage Apple

10:10 AM -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Steve Ballmer plans to introduce a tablet device during his keynote speech today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, The New York Times reports.

Introducing the device mere weeks ahead of when Apple will supposedly unveil its much-touted iSlate tablet device is "one of Steve Ballmer’s riskiest trade show moves in years," NYT says.

Microsoft's tablet, which is reportedly called the "Courier" and designed like a notebook, will be made by HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) and possibly available by mid 2010.

In other news:

  • Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is now offering global wireless for its $489 Kindle DX e-book reader. It began offering global wireless for the regular Kindle in October.

  • Meanwhile, a new trend is emerging in e-books: More and more authors are electing to cut out publishers and release their work themselves online, according to a study from TBI Research. — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News

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