Tech Biz Cheat Sheet: Verizon and Microsoft Bringing TV to Xbox, Amazon’s Kindle Fire Outselling iPads

Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) new Kindle Fire won’t be available until November 15, but buyers are already placing more than 2,000 orders an hour for the device, more than 50,000 a day. In the five days since Amazon launched the new tablet, more than 250,000 have been pre-ordered, a pace that should see 2.5 million sold by its mid-November release, outpacing the launch of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad and iPad 2.

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A French court has admonished Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) for “misleading marketing practices,” sticking the online travel company with a 367,000-euro penalty.

The number of objects stored on Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) S3 storage service has more than doubled since the fourth quarter of 2010, to 566 billion.

Bloomberg speculates that IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) might be interested in making a bid for Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM), as its falling share price makes it a more attractive takeover target. Akamai shares are down 57% over the past year.

Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) canceled a keynote due to be given today by Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) CEO Mark Benioff at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference after Benioff recently dismissed Oracle’s cloud offering as a “false cloud”.

An article suggesting Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) might be interested in bidding on Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has the smartphone maker trading higher today.

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have signed a deal to bring live TV to the Xbox 360 without the need for additional hardware. Though only a selection of channels will be available, Xbox users with Kinect will be able to get rid of their remotes and change channels using hand gestures.

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Samsung is suing to have Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone 4S banned in France and Italy, as it faces a European ban on its Galaxy smartphones in just 10 days, with a ban already in place in Germany.

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