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1:45 PM ET, February 3, 2009

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Report hints at next-gen iPhone in June  —  Coverage of Apple's plans to launch the iPhone 3G in the United Arab Emirates later this month appears to also signal a June release date for the handset's successor.  —  On Monday, Emirates Telecommunications - Etisalat said that it had struck …
Discussion: InformationWeek, Electronista, TUAW and Engadget, Thanks:pinkblob
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Nancy Sudheer / business24-7.ae:
Earlier iPhone versions can use etisalat's services  —  The latest 3G model will be available on February 15 and etisalat will be targeting private and business users (AFP)  —  Consumers who have purchased earlier versions of the iPhone from the parallel market can also avail of the services like voice …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Allow Background Tasks on iPhone?  —  With the release of iPhone Firmware 2.2.1, many were left wondering what had become of the Push notification system that Apple had announced at the Worldwide Developer's Conference back in June.  —  While Apple had originally set a September 2008 deadline …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Toshiba TG01 mobile phone debuts … Trying to pip the crowds at mobile phone expo, Mobile World Congress, Toshiba has announced a new phone that promises to “revolutionise the mobile entertainment world”.  —  Saying that it “has listened” to what consumers want, the company has announced the TG01 …
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David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Apple patent shows possible design for upcoming Tablet PC/MID  —  On the last day of 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington sparked a rumor about Apple's plans to unveil a “large sized iPod touch with a 7 or 9 inch screen” in the fall of 2009 that will be their very first tablet PC.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Tablet Described in Patent  —  Hidden within the usual litany of claims in a patent awarded this January—titled “Display Housing for Computing Device”, which covers their current portable displays—Apple describes a pure tablet device with radio communication:
Geekzone Blog:
Microsoft unveils Windows 7 SKU lineup  —  Microsoft is annoucing the Windows 7 SKU lineup with different Windows 7 editions for specific market requirements.  Each SKU is a superset of the previous SKU.  This means that each higher edition SKU will have every feature lower edition SKUs have.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows 7 SKUs announced: your worst nightmare has come to pass  —  Remember that screenshot we saw of all those different Windows 7 versions (pictured above)?  Well guess what?  It's worse than you could have possibly imagined.  The following will be the actual new SKUs for the OS:
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Ad Head Clarizio Out-Being Replaced by Former Yahoo Sales Head Coleman  —  The game of executive musical chairs among Web companies keeps on going, with sources telling BoomTown that AOL ad head Lynda Clarizio will be departing the online service and replaced by former high-ranking Yahoo ad exec Greg Coleman (pictured here).
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
I See Your Petaflop and Raise You 19 More  —  Just a year after the world's fastest supercomputers broke the petaflop barrier by performing one thousand trillion calculations per second, nuclear physicists are planning a 20-petaflop machine in conjunction with IBM.
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Promises World's Fastest Computer—Again
Discussion: Reuters and eWeek, Thanks:a_greenberg
PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results  — Fourth-quarter GAAP net loss of $1.57 per share, including net charges of $1.56 per share for highlighted items, primarily non-cash related  — Implementing cost-reduction actions of approximately $1.5 billion for 2009
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola: Google Android Better Than Microsoft Windows Mobile  —  It's true: Motorola is shifting some focus away from Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile platform and focusing more on Google's (GOOG) Android platform.  Why?  Because it's better, Motorola says.
Mike Harvey / Times of London:
Man killed by ‘exploding mobile phone’  —  A man has died after his mobile phone exploded, severing a major artery in his neck, according to reports.  —  The man, thought to be a shop assistant in his twenties at a computer shop in Guangzhou, China, died after he put a new battery in his phone.
Discussion: DailyTech and digg.com
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Amazon Casually Launches Digital Game Downloads  —  Amazon.com has officially launched the beta version of their Game Downloads section this morning, offering more than 600 casual titles for digital download, each under $10.  —  Kotaku spoke to Greg Hart, Vice President of Video Games …
Phone Arena:
Let us introduce you the new AT&T phone, the LG Neon  —  Published on: 03 February, 2009 by PhoneArena Team  —  We're proud to present you the first images of the upcoming LG model, the Neon.  It seems that this is actually going to be AT&T's version of the freshly-looking LG KS360.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Citi Says Amazon Sold 500,000 Kindles Last Year; $1.2 Billion Business Next Year  —  Amazon is set to unveil Kindle 2.0 next Monday at a New York press event.  But how many of the original e-book readers has it sold already?  Don't ask Jeff Bezos and company-the Amazon folks delight in keeping …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeffrey L. Wilson / LAPTOP Mag:
Nvidia Ion Reference PC  —  Nvidia's coupling of Intel's Atom CPU with its own GeForce 9400 graphics processor provides a major performance boost to low-cost PCs.  —  Price as Reviewed: $N/A Review Contents:  —  Consider this the opening salvo in Nvidia's mad charge to gain a foothold in the rapidly growing netbook space.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Mistakenly Sends Dozens of Unwanted SMS Messages To Users  —  Over night, for about four hours, Google's SMS search feature sent dozens of SMS messages to Google SMS users over and over again.  There are dozens of threads complaining about the issue, but the two largest threads …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Obsessable and Gearlog, Thanks:rustybrick
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo Co-Founder: AOL Sale Would Be ‘Mildly Disappointing’  —  That's an understatment.  What do the Bebo founders think of reports AOL (NYSE: TWX) wants to sell Bebo, less than a year after buying it from them for $850 million?  Says serial entrepreneur Paul Birch, brother of Michael Birch …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Sensor quality: SLRs erode medium-format lead  —  It looks like Canon and Nikon weren't blowing smoke when they said their high-end SLRs cameras will compete with medium-format digital cameras used almost exclusively by professionals.  —  Given the image quality advantages that SLRs with larger …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
The State of the Netbook, Part I: WEee have lived before  —  The netbook has taken off over the last year, but fifteen years of drama preceded the current success.  In Part I of The State of the Netbook, Ars explores the surprisingly long history of the “new” form factor.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's Microsoft hiding in its Skybox in the cloud?  —  If you've been wondering what Microsoft's Software+Services strategy is for its Windows Mobile platform, the answer should become a lot clearer in another couple weeks.  —  There have been a few leaks during the past year about Skybox …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Google, Yahoo United in Map Services  —  Internet companies are competing to bring the real world to desktops, and usual suspects Daum (www.daum.net) and Naver (www.naver.com) have emerged once again as leaders of the pack.  —  This has global giants Google (www.google.co.kr) and Yahoo …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA's New Litigation Boss Is Former Exec Caught ‘Misstating Facts’ In Court  —  from the ethics-anyone?  dept  —  The RIAA has announced that Jennifer Pariser is its new Senior VP of Litigation — which is at first interesting given that the RIAA claimed it was giving up on litigation.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware launches open source virtual desktop software; Assessing the fallout  —  VMware on Tuesday launched an open source client for virtual desktops in a move that mixes a little bit of offense and defense.  —  In a statement, the company said its VMware View Open Client would allow compnaies …
Staska / Unwired View:
Acer DX900 - rebranded E-Ten handset  —  Acer is still probably keeping most of it's newly developed “...exciting range of easy to use devices Smart Handheld devices...” under wraps, in the hope that nothing will leak and ruin the surprise on Feb 16th.  —  But some things are starting to leak …
DigiTimes:
Nokia to increase handset chip orders in March  —  Cage Chao, Hsinchu; Meiling Chen, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 3 February 2009]  —  Nokia has notified chip suppliers that it will increase orders in March, a sign showing that handset demand may be recovering, according to market sources.
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
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Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is This the Solution to Spam?
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Leading futurists, thinkers to launch Silicon Valley university
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India
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