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February 26, 2012, 3:05 PM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sony Aims to Remake Name for Itself in Phones  —  Sony on Sunday tried to make the case that it yet has a place in the crowded market for Android phones.  —  The event is the first major product introduction for Sony since it took full control of the cell phone business that it had run jointly with Sweden's Ericsson.
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
Sony Xperia S now shipping, Ion to join the world tour come summer  —  Those of you that have been waiting to get your grubby paws on Sony's Xperia S are in luck, as Sony just confirmed in its MWC keynote that it's now gone on sale.  Those with stellar memory will recall that's more concrete than its former Q1 suggestion.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With the Xperia P and Xperia U, Sony finally has an Android phone for everyone … Sony unveiled two new smartphones tonight at Mobile World Congress, the Xperia P and Xperia U, which will sit alongside the company's previously announced Xperia S phone.  —  Altogether, the phones make up Sony's new “Xperia NXT” brand.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD has quad-core K3 processor, 1080p display (hands-on pictures)  —  It was barely an afterthought in Huawei's MWC press conference, but the company is also getting ready to launch a seriously high-end tablet.  The MediaPad 10 FHD has a 1080p display (actually 1920 x 1200) …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Huawei outs Ascend D Quad: 4.5-inch 720p display, Dolby 5.1, 1.5GHz K3V2 CPU  —  We'd seen some prior leaks, but aside from poorly translated marketing jargon, Huawei's managed to keep its latest and greatest smartphone under wraps — until now, that is.  The device is being billed as the …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG in talks with Google for Nexus device  —  LG wants to be on the ground floor for one of the next iterations of Android.  An LG executive noted that there were still no firm commitments yet.  —  LG and Android are as close as ever.  —  BARCELONA, Spain—LG is jockeying …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung unveils new Galaxy Beam smartphone / projector combo with dual core CPU  —  Samsung has finally started to reveal its new products at MWC 2012, starting with this new refresh of the Galaxy Beam packing Android 2.3, a projector and a dual-core CPU.  There's more details and specs in the press release after the break.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Galaxy Tab 2 coming in 10.1-inch version as well  —  Samsung has just announced a 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet after revealing the 7.0-inch version earlier this month.  The Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) will have a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 LCD and a 1GHz dual-core processor running a Touch Wiz-skinned version of Android 4.0.
Jon Gertner / New York Times:
Innovation and the Bell Labs Miracle  —  “INNOVATION is what America has always been about,” President Obama remarked in his recent State of the Union address.  It's hard to disagree, isn't it?  We live in a world dominated by innovative American companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe Photoshop Touch hits iPad 2 for US$9.99 (Update: Pulled until Monday)  —  Note - Photoshop Touch just started hitting AU/NZ.  Update: It was pulled, but it will be available Monday.  Some of our readers reported that it works better than the Android version.
Julia Angwin / Digits:
FBI Turns Off Thousands of GPS Devices After Supreme Court Ruling  —  The Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook, YouTube, others accused of reading text messages  —  Summary: Reports surfacing this weekend claim that smartphone applications can access users' text messages amongst other personal data, even when that phone is not being used.  —  Update: see below.

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