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12:40 PM ET, February 16, 2009

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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Meet the HTC Magic, the Android-powered Vodafone exclusive formerly known as the G2  —  Y'all might know the next Android phone from HTC as the G2, but around these here parts we know it as the HTC Magic.  An exclusive to Vodafone in Europe, the Magic is of debatable sexyness when compared to the T-Mobile G1 …
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5 features, new mobile services  —  Microsoft is trying to reignite excitement around its mobile business with a string of announcements today at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.  Microsoft is set to announce a new version of its mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5.
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Microsoft Reveals New Windows® Phones With Marketplace and My Phone Services  —  Microsoft mobile partners fly the Windows flag: HTC, LG and Orange preview first Windows® phones.  —  Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Unveils Ovi Store, Application Sales To Debut In May  —  At the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona, Nokia has unveiled its initiative to try and repeat the runaway succes of Apple's App Store with its own mobile storefront dubbed Ovi Store.  This was an expected move as the rumors …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Touch Pro2 is awesome in ways the Touch Pro never could be  —  So, how do you make HTC's Touch Pro — already near the top of the WinMo heap — an even beefier device?  For starters, you can throw out that nasty VGA screen of yesteryear and up it with a 3.6-inch 800 x 400 replacement.
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
HTC Unveils Updated IPhone 3G Rival and Touch Pro2
Discussion: IntoMobile
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PC Magazine:
ARM's Multicore Chips Aim for Netbooks  — BARCELONA—ARM, the company that has designed most of the processors in mobile phones, on Monday announced a new, low-cost processor called “Sparrow” at the Mobile World Congress trade show.  The company said it is aiming to conquer the netbook market …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Netbooks killing off sickly Windows PC sales  —  PC sales are in free fall as the weak demand for Windows desktops and full-size notebooks in a poorly performing global economy is being compounded by an influx of low cost netbooks, which are gobbling up the remains of profitability in the PC industry.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Open Source
Chris Davies / Pre Community:
GSM Palm Pre on Vodafone at MWC09  —  We've just finished up both a long video demo of the Pre - over 25 minutes, which we're currently editing and processing - but we wanted to share at least one detail from this morning.  Palm aren't announcing the GSM version of the Pre at Mobile World Congress …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia enables $99 Android/Windows CE mobile internet devices  —  Nvidia is announcing today that it wants to enable $99 mobile internet devices that can play high-definition graphics.  —  The so-called MIDs are smaller than laptop computers but less functional.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Lenovo to launch 12-inch Atom netbook  —  Lenovo reportedly plans to launch an Atom N280-based IdeaPad S20 netbook featuring a 12-inch panel.  The specification would break Intel's restrictions for netbook products that state devices cannot offer panel sizes larger than the 10-inch category, according to sources at notebook makers.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Dear Obama: Please consider open-source a waste of your time  —  Ruby on Rails will not save the planet  —  Last week, several big names in open source tossed a letter at American President Barack Obama, urging him to mandate that no government IT purchase be made without someone scrutinizing the software license.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update  —  It was the “aha!” moment that Stephanie Rosalia was hoping for.  —  A group of fifth graders huddled around laptop computers in the school library overseen by Ms. Rosalia and scanned allaboutexplorers.com, a Web site that, unbeknownst to the children, was intentionally peppered with false facts.
Discussion: HeyJude
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Vint Cerf: Despite Its Age, The Internet is Still Filled with Problems  —  Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and widely recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” last week said that the issues facing the Internet today are as complex as they were pre-Internet.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Going mobile in Barcelona  —  If you fancy a couple of days in Barcelona right now, my advice is to forget it.  The flights are full, a hotel room will cost you a fortune, and the place is full of geeky types talking a strange language - LTE, MVNO, HSPA - and pointing excitedly at the tiny screens in their hands.
New York Times:
Industry Makes Pitch That Smartphones Belong in Classroom  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The cellphone industry has a suggestion for improving the math skills of American students: spend more time on cellphones in the classroom.  —  At a conference this week in Washington called Mobile Learning 09 …
Discussion: Techdirt
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mobile Flash apps get better distribution, more money  —  In advance of this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Adobe is making several announcements to encourage developers to build applications using its Flash and AIR platforms.  The biggest announcements are a new distribution method …
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John Cook / TechFlash:
I Can Has Cheezburger buys Twittypic, plans Digg-like news service  —  When I last caught up with Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger fame, the Internet entrepreneur was overseeing an expanding empire of off-the-wall entertainment Web sites.  That unusual collection of cat photos …
BBC:
Pirate Bay file-sharing defended  —  The founders of a website which carries links to copies of music, films and TV programmes have gone on trial in Sweden on charges of copyright theft.  —  The Pirate Bay is the world's most high-profile file-sharing site and is being taken to court by media firms including Sony and Warner Bros.
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Archos: ‘Revolutionary’ 800gm, 9" Tablet.  Moorestown products in 2010.  —  Update: English press release now available (PDF)  —  Tucked away in a press release about a 10″ 19mm-thick 10″ Atom-based Netbook to be launched in April is an announcement that Archos will be bringing a 17mm-thick 9″ Tablet to the market.
Discussion: Liliputing
 
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canada.com:
Nortel offers Ottawa campus to government
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft and Red Hat team up on patent-free interoperability
Discussion: All about Microsoft and LinuxWorld.com, Thanks:sampad
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
ITV could turn its back on Friends Reunited
GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox 360 definitely leads PS3 in Europe, says Microsoft
Discussion: VG247 and bit-tech.net
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
LG's S-Class User Interface Enters the Arena
Discussion: IntoMobile
Chris Williams / The Register:
Mobile operators combine to flog customer data
Nicole Laporte / The Wrap:
DVD Sales Are Way Down, and High-Def Is Slow to the Rescue
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Science gleans 60TB of behavior data from Everquest 2 logs
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Huawei says to sell 2-3 Android phones this year
Business Wire:
LG Electronics, Intel Collaborate on Future Mobile Internet Devices
Discussion: UMPCPortal
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
TI sees projectors as popular as cell cameras
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: As Data Collecting Grows, Privacy Erodes
Opera Press Room:
Moving Mobile Linux forward: Opera joins the LiMo Foundation
Discussion: UMPCPortal