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6:30 PM ET, February 15, 2010

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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.
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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.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Windows Phone 7 Is Impressive, But 3 Challenges Remain for Microsoft  —  Microsoft unveiled the long-awaited upgrade to its venerable mobile operating system this morning, and — so far, at least — the results are pretty impressive.  The company has finally scrapped the cumbersome look …
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.
Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
Microsoft's Path To Success In The Consumer Mobile Market  —  Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Microsoft unveiled the next version of its mobile phone software, Windows Phone 7 Series.  The name alone is noteworthy because:  — The name has changed a number of times.
Discussion: Digits and eWeek
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple to wrap digital books in FairPlay copy protection [Clarified]  —  When Apple launches its iBook store to sell titles for its new iPad device in March, many of its titles are expected to come with a set of handsome digital locks designed to deter piracy.
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
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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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.
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Raj Dash / All Facebook:
Facebook Posts Phenomenal Growth In Search  —  Not only is Facebook now the top source of traffic to Web portal sites, the company has also enjoyed a huge percentage gain in U.S. search market share from Dec 2009 to Jan 2010.  While nowhere near the volume of Google searches …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Symbian 3 Launches, Has iPhone Envy  —  Symbian Foundation , the open source foundation, has (almost) launched its much-awaited Symbian 3 mobile operating system.  If you watch the video, it looks like an OS desperately trying to catch up to its nemesis, the iPhone.
Discussion: Technologizer and jkOnTheRun
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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 …
BBC:
The ‘cheapest phone on Earth’ aims for the developing world  —  Mobile phone operator Vodafone has launched what it says is the “lowest-cost mobile phone on Earth”.  —  The Vodafone 150, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will sell for “below $15” (£10) and is aimed at the developing world.
Discussion: DVICE and MobileCrunch
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Oracle kills free support blog and Twitter account  —  Last Friday Chris Warticki's Oracle Support Blog was torn down.  Chris is a 10 year Oracle support veteran who had been providing the community with valuable tips.  ‘RNM’ distills the position: … Ask a group of Oracle observers …
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Gawker Acquiring Cityfile, Snyder To Be Replaced By Remy Stern (UPDATED)  —  Well this is interesting and surprising news.  Gawker head Nick Denton just sent out this memo to staff announcing that they are acquiring Cityfile, the New York news/gossip site founded by Remy Stern in July 2008.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Layar Scores $3.4M In Funding, Global Distribution Agreement  —  Big day for augmented reality startup Layar today.  I'm here at the Mobile Premier Awards ceremony in Barcelona, where the company just announced on stage that they have struck a global distribution deal with a major handset manufacturer.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Turns To Facebook To Socialize Questions And Answers; Rolls Out API  —  Mobile question and answer startup ChaCha has been able to turnaround its model, possibly achieve profitability, and raise boatloads of money, much to our surprise.  Today, ChaCha is rolling out a Facebook application …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Acer neoTouch P300 & P400, beTouch E110 & E400 rock WinMo & Android  —  It's not just the Liquid e that Acer are bringing out here at MWC 2010; the company also have a number of other new Windows Mobile and Android devices to choose from.  The Acer neoTouch P300 and neoTouch P400 each run Windows Mobile 6.5.3 …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Engadget and Phone Arena
 
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo educates us on the history of the tablet, has 'exciting …
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John Cook / TechFlash:
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Laura June / Engadget:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
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 Earlier Items: 
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Google's Android to Run Bug Labs Devices, Expand Beyond Phones
Discussion: PRWeb and Open Source
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google calls Apple valuable partner, sees no change
Discussion: Erictric
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, MobileCrunch and I4U News
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Local TV for Devices on the Move
Discussion: New York Times
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Five Silicon Valley companies fought release of employment data, and won
Discussion: NBC Bay Area