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2:35 PM ET, February 3, 2009

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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 and jkOnTheRun
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
Discussion: CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
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 …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bebo Announces Bebo Open Mobile
Discussion: WebProNews
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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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).
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, VG247 and The Tech Report
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Thousands Of MySpace Sex Offender Refugees Found On Facebook  —  MySpace is in the spotlight today because it revealed that 90,000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off its site in the past two years.  But where did all of those sex offenders go?  Some evidence suggests that a portion of them are now on Facebook.
Discussion: Great Falls Ventures
MediaPost:
Google News Goes Out After Super Bowl  —  If Saturday's malware mishap that labeled every link in the search query with a warning wasn't bad enough, the Google News server went down just as the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl championship, beating the Arizona Cardinals in Florida Sunday night.
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
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 and Neowin.net
 
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