TechFast: Free Amazon Videos, Early HP Tablet, 30-Hour Laptop

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech stories so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Amazon launches Prime instant videos, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers

Link: Engadget

If you subscribe to Amazon’s $79-per-year "Prime" expedited shipping service, you now have access to free streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows. It’s not quite the selection of Netflix but, hey, free is free.

HP to start selling WebOS 3.0-based TouchPad in April

Link: DigiTimes

HP’s "summer" timeframe for the release of the 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet apparently means "April," according to DigiTimes. That’d be a nice surprise.

Steve Jobs Email Suggests In-App Subscriptions Don’t Apply to ‘Software As a Service’?

Link: MacRumors

"We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps," is all Steve Jobs had to say in an e-mail to get (keep?) everyone all whipped up about Apple’s recently-announced app subscription model.

Lenovo intros Sandy Bridge ThinkPads, 30-hour battery option

Link: Electronista

Sick of your laptop’s shoddy battery life? How’s 30 hours sound? You’ll have to haul around two 9-cell battery packs, but Lenovo says it’s possible.

New MacBook Pro models imminent; we’ve got some new details

Link: Boy Genius Report

Apple may be readying new MacBook Pro models with solid state drives, larger-than-normal glass trackpads, and weigh about a half pound less.

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