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3:20 PM ET, February 3, 2009

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 7 line-up: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  If you were one of those individuals holding out hope that Microsoft might go the way of Apple and move to one or two SKUs for Windows 7, your prayers have gone unanswered.  But there still is some good news in what's on tap …
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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.
Discussion: TechSpot, atmaspheric and jkOnTheRun
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows 7 SKUs announced: your worst nightmare has come to pass
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
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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 …
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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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 …
Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Motorola: Windows Mobile 7 Coming in 2010  —  Motorola had an earnings conference call today with some juicy tidbits embedded in it.  Primarily, Moto confirmed that they're losing tons of money and that their handset business is not doing very well at all.  So how are they going to turn it around?
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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.
Emil A Eklund / Gmail Blog:
New ways to label with “Move to” and auto-complete  —  One of the features that makes Gmail different is its use of labels instead of folders.  Sure, labels can serve pretty much the same purpose — they can help organize mail or flag messages for follow up.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:   Gmail tweak gives nod to folder metaphor
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
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype for Windows 4.0 Goes Gold; Improved UI, Audio and Video Performance  —  Over the past eight months 1.2 million Skype users have participated in the Skype for Windows 4.0 beta program (stage 1, stage 2, stage 3).  During this beta period, not only current user feedback was sought …
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:evanwolf
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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 …
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Launches Its Casual Games Store (AMZN)
Discussion: Webware.com
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple sued four times in two weeks over iPhone 3G speeds  —  Apple and AT&T are facing two more cookie-cutter lawsuits over what customers claim is poor iPhone 3G network performance and hairline cracks in the casing.  —  The latest pair of suits, identical in almost every way save for the names of plaintiffs, join two from last week.
Discussion: iLounge, Macsimum News and Edible Apple
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 p2pnet
Geoff Gasior / The Tech Report:
Nvidia's Ion platform  —  A GeForce for Atom  —  Although Intel's wildly popular Atom processor was originally conceived for mobile Internet devices with an eye toward eventually trickling into smartphones, it quickly caught on with netbooks and has since carved out a sizable chunk of the mobile landscape.
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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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Video Distribution Startups Funded: iWidgets, Mixpo  —  iWidgets, a social network syndication service that has CBS as its first customer, just raised $4.1 million in Series A funding from Opus Capital and University Venture Fund.  —  This is the round we mentioned in an earlier post …
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).
Iiwaszkiewicz / Veoh Blog:
Veoh Comes To Your iPhone!  —  We've heard a lot from our users through our forums over the past few months, and if there's one thing we've learned, it's that Veoh viewers want more: more tools to discover cool videos and more ways to watch them.  So today, we're really excited to highlight …
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 …
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
Windrago / Mario Esposito:
Microsoft Gaze - sneak peek  —  As passionate inventor that works for the AdLab organization I feel very excited to share the last ad-baby that my team and I brought to life.  It's a public beta, invitation only.  Drop me a comment if you would like to receive an invitation.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechFlash
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bebo Announces Bebo Open Mobile  —  Today, social networking site Bebo announced a new partnership program called “Bebo Open Mobile” whose goal is to provide the mobile industry with tools designed to help integrate the site and its services into manufacturers' handsets.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's Microsoft hiding in its Skybox in the cloud?
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Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
The State of the Netbook, Part I: WEee have lived before
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
David / TmoNews:
G1 fans rejoice, RC33 update on its way, cupcake not included
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India
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