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2:15 PM ET, February 15, 2010

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series  —  New phones designed for life in motion to debut at holiday 2010.  —  Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows® Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and Microsoft is playing to win  —  Windows Phone 7 Series.  Get used to the name, because it's now a part of the smartphone vernacular... however verbose it may seem.  Today Microsoft launches one of its most ambitious (if not most ambitious) projects: the rebranding of Windows Mobile.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything Is Different Now  —  It's astounding that until this moment, three years after the iPhone, the biggest software company in the world basically didn't compete in mobile.  Windows Phone 7 Series is more than the Microsoft smartphone we've been waiting for.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on and impressions (updated with video)  —  Forget everything you know about Windows Mobile.  Seriously, throw the whole OS concept in a garbage bin or incinerator or something.  Microsoft has done what would have been unthinkable for the company just a few years ago: started from scratch.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
First Impressions: Windows Mobile 7, now known as Windows Phone  —  We're not allowed to say much about it, so we'll leave it at this: I got a bit of hands-on time with Windows Phone (the official name for what was previously known as Windows Mobile 7) prior to its announcement.
Lee / The Flash Blog:
Adobe announces Flash Player and AIR for Android  —  Right about now at Mobile World Congress, Adobe is officially announcing Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for Android.  I truly believe these technologies will redefine the mobile experience.  Kevin Hoyt recorded a great video overview showing …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AIR For Android, And Adobe's Plan To Deliver Apps Across All Mobile Devices  —  The bane of all mobile app developers is the need to rewrite the same app over and over again for different devices: the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Nokia, Windows Mobile.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:   Brightcove Pushes Mobile Video with Flash 10.1 Support
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Two Dozen Carriers Worldwide Unite Against Apple's App Store  —  Two dozen of the world's largest mobile-phone companies, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T (NYSE: T), NTT DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM), Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT), China Mobile and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), are teaming up to create an …
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google plays down hopes of mobile app alliance
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
James Ashton / Times of London:
Mobile phone operators' war on Apple apps
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Bans iPhone Hackers Apple ID from App Store  —  Well it looks like Apple has started banning iPhone hackers from the iTunes App Store.  Sherif Hashim, the iPhone developer and hacker who recently found an exploit in the latest iPhone OS 3.1.3, which could enable the unlock on 05.12.01 baseband …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Nokia join Linux efforts for ‘smart’ devices  —  Intel and Nokia are combining their respective Linux operating environments to power future smartphones and tablets, another step in a technology tie-up launched last year.  —  The technology merger will fuse Intel's Moblin …
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Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook directs more online users than Google  —  A big part of the Facebook experience is how friends and family share Web links to interesting news stories, photos, videos and Internet sites.  —  This “friend-casting” of information has helped propel Facebook into a major force in directing traffic around the Web.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Local TV for Devices on the Move  —  Who has time to sit on the couch and watch TV anymore?  In the last 10 years, broadcasters have lost 25 percent of their audience.  So to win back some viewers, the industry has a plan to grab their attention while they are on the move.
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Oracle kills free support blog and Twitter account  —  Last Friday Chris Warticki's Oracle Support Blog was torn down.  Chris is a 10 year Oracle support veteran who had been providing the community with valuable tips.  ‘RNM’ distills the position: … Ask a group of Oracle observers …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer Liquid e rolls with Android 2.1, underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon  —  We knew good and well Acer was prepared to ship a few more Android phones in the new decade, and it's sure starting off on the right foot here in Barcelona.  Just a few months after the original Liquid began to ship, along comes a minor upgrade in the Liquid e.
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileCrunch
Michael Werch / AdAge:
My Life as H.J. Heinz: Confessions of a Real-Life Twitter Squatter  —  Michael Werch Discovered How a Company Would React to a Brand Hijacking  —  Last fall, Advertising Age published an article about the surprising number of marketers on Twitter whose brands were being squatted on.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google calls Apple valuable partner, sees no change  —  BARCELONA (Reuters) - Google sees Apple as a valuable partner and sees no reason for that to change, a senior executive said amid rumors that Microsoft's Bing search engine may replace Google on the iPhone.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Though Absent, Apple Permeates Barcelona Fair  —  The biggest gathering of the global mobile phone industry begins on Monday in Barcelona, and much of the talk will be about the company that is not there: Apple.  —  Its iPhone has been imitated by larger competitors like Samsung Electronics, Nokia, LG and Research In Motion.
Discussion: Telegraph and AppleInsider
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Five Silicon Valley companies fought release of employment data, and won  —  Google, the company that wants to make the world's information accessible, says the race and gender of its workforce is a trade secret that cannot be released.  —  So do Apple, Yahoo, Oracle and Applied Materials.
 
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