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12:45 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.
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.
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.
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!, LiveSide.net and Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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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 …
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.
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.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Teacup, Meet Storm, pt. IV: Adobe Blocking HTML5?  —  There's a bit of ruckus going on at the moment in the world of HTML5.  A number of people are claiming that Adobe has blocked the latest publication of the HTML5 standard.  However, after diving into the actual mailing list threads …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Adobe Puts Secret Hold on HTML5 Spec
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson focuses on Co-creation at Mobile World Congress And announces a new collaborative platform, Creations™  —  What is Co-creation?  —  Co-creation focuses on facilitating the evolving needs of consumers, content publishers and developers, creating a community and a movement …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sony Ericsson Announces User-Generated Content Platform And Three New Phones
Discussion: Sony Ericsson, Gadget Lab and CNET News
 
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google calls Apple valuable partner, sees no change
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
SlingPlayer Mobile Finally Gets Its 3G
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, Erictric and Gizmodo
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Comsys joins GSM and WiMAX into holy matrimony under Android as ComMAX CM1125
Discussion: Business Wire and IntoMobile
Magdav / Symbian:
Symbian announces Symbian^3 and immediately gives it away
Michael Werch / AdAge:
My Life as H.J. Heinz: Confessions of a Real-Life Twitter Squatter
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer Liquid e rolls with Android 2.1, underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon
Discussion: IntoMobile, I4U News and MobileCrunch
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola's Eighth Android Will Be Called Cliq XT in US, Quench In Europe
 Earlier Items: 
Renai LeMay / ZDNET.com.au:
Anonymous' Titstorm moves to offline protest
Discussion: iTnews.com.au
Ryan Spoon:
Has Your Facebook News Feed Slowed Down? Here's Why...
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Five Silicon Valley companies fought release of employment data, and won
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Viacom Asking For ‘Substantial’ Refund on Harmonix Earnout From Founders
Thanks:ilamont
WMPoweruser.com:
HTC Photon to be the HTC HD Mini, to be announced at Mobile World Congress
Discussion: Tech Eye
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Though Absent, Apple Permeates Barcelona Fair
Discussion: AppleInsider and Telegraph