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2:30 PM ET, February 16, 2009

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Microsoft:
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Cheat sheet: A quick guide to Microsoft's mobile announcements  —  At the Mobile World Congress show, what Microsoft didn't roll out is as interesting as what it did.  —  During a February 16 press conference at the show, CEO Steve Ballmer and Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications …
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5 features, new mobile services
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Some LG Cellphones to Use Microsoft System
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Beyond Binary, Thanks:kevendones
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 …
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.
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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
Nokia:
Nokia's latest GPS devices showcase the best that Nokia Maps has to offer  —  Barcelona, Spain - Since the first Nokia Navigator made its appearance two years ago, the company has been updating and improving its location based services steadily and has now introduced the latest arrival in its Navigator line, the Nokia 6710 Navigator.
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Associated Press:
Casinos are warned about card-counting iPhone app  —  LAS VEGAS - Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos in the state about a card-counting program that works on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod Touch that illegally helps players beat the house in blackjack.
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
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
What really happened at Ma.gnolia and lessons learned  —  Larry (@lhalff) and I have been recording a podcast for the past year called Citizen Garden that covers various topics related to the web, technology, and social networking.  —  Well, given Ma.gnolia's recent catastrophe …
Discussion: Citizen Garden
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bill Introduced In Pennsylvania To Ban All Portable Gadgets In School  —  from the seems-a-bit-extreme,-right?  dept  —  We've seen various schools or school teachers/administrators try to ban bringing mobile devices into schools, and the whole concept seems backwards.
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New York Times:   Industry Makes Pitch That Smartphones Belong in Classroom
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 …
John Cook / TechFlash:
I Can Has Cheezburger buys Twittypic, plans Digg-like 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 …
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 …
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.
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
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft, Red Hat team up on patent-free interoperability  —  For years, Microsoft has insisted that open-source vendors acknowledge that its patent portfolio is a precursor to interoperability discussions.  Monday, Microsoft shed that charade and announced an interoperability alliance with Red Hat for virtualization.
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot, Thanks:sampad
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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Game-changers - Google or Apple?  —  Two years ago all the talk at the Mobile World Congress was of the imminent arrival of the Apple iPhone, and how it was going to change the industry.  One year ago, all the talk was of Google's open-source Android operating system, and what a radical impact that might have.
Discussion: BBC and TECH.BLORGE.com
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
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
New Internet?  No Thanks.  —  Yesterday's New York Times ran a piece, “Do We Need a New Internet?” suggesting that the Internet has too many security problems and should therefore be rebuilt.  —  The piece has been widely criticized in the technical blogosphere, so there's no need for me to pile on.
Discussion: Techdirt and CircleID
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU, not content to double music copyrights, now looks to video
Thanks:sampad
Fred / A VC:
Does Apple Have A Blind Spot About Flash?
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bloomberg And Reuters Clobbered
Thanks:sampad
Maxwell Cooter / LinuxWorld.com:
Debian's Lenny offers enterprises open-source option
canada.com:
Nortel offers Ottawa campus to government
Discussion: All About Nortel
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
 Earlier Items: 
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Archos: ‘Revolutionary’ 800gm, 9" Tablet.  Moorestown products in 2010.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Chris Williams / The Register:
Mobile operators combine to flog customer data
Discussion: GigaOM
Nicole Laporte / The Wrap:
DVD Sales Are Way Down, and High-Def Is Slow to the Rescue
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
TI sees projectors as new camera phones