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Best Buy will sell the new Kindle Fire

The new tablet is intended to compete with Apple's iPad -- but at a more attractive price. It's now available for pre-order at Best Buy’s stores and website.
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The new tablet is intended to compete with Apple's iPad -- but at a more attractive price. It's now available for pre-order at Best Buy’s stores and website.

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