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No one has yet proved that tablets can be a successful mass-market product, but that isn’t stopping the rush to try now that Apple has introduced the iPad. Yesterday, Amazon acquired New York startup Touchco, makers of multitouch displays, touching off speculation that the Kindle maker will soon introduce a touchscreen e-reader to compete with Apple’s tablet. This morning, Sony all but announced that a tablet is in the works, telling analysts, it is “very interested” in the market. And, in an extraordinary op-ed in the New York Times, a former Microsoft VP says Microsoft could have owned the tablet market by now if only it didn’t suck so much.