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7:25 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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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 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.
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.
Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
Microsoft's Path To Success In The Consumer Mobile Market
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
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
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.
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Magdav / Symbian:
Symbian announces Symbian^3 and immediately gives it away
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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Prepares for a World without Apple's Blessing
Discussion: CNET News and PhoneNews.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo's Multi-Chat iPhone App Hits iTunes  —  If you are one of the millions of people who use Meebo to bring together all of your buddies from different chat services across the Web, you can now do that on your iPhone as well.  Meebo's iPhone app is now available on iTunes The iPhone app lets …
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 …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Motorola Quench hands-on with video  —  We had a quick tour today of Motorola's new Quench — or CLIQ XT as it'll be called on T-Mobile USA when it launches next month — and for an eighth outing in the Android world, it's pretty slick.  Sure it lacks keyboard, but the touchscreen …
Discussion: Android and Me
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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: BetaNews, MobileCrunch and DVICE
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to sell Apple iPad 3G in stores?  —  One of our AT&T connects down south just hit us up with some pretty interesting info... According to them, AT&T stores will be selling the 3G version of the Apple iPad, complete with built-in display.  We're told that the general plan is to convert …
Discussion: MacRumors, Erictric and Electronista
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo educates us on the history of the tablet, has ‘exciting products to announce this month’  —  Okay, Lenovo totally knows how to use Twitter.  The company's press account has punched out a teasing little note, inviting us to keep a close eye on the near horizon with the expectation of exciting new products to come.
Discussion: Liliputing
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 …
Levi Buchanan / IGN:
Street Fighter IV for iPhone Revealed  —  Think the unthinkable: Capcom's Street Fighter IV is coming to the iPhone in March.  —  LATEST IMAGES  —  Street Fighter IV... on the iPhone?  Capcom is going for it this March, bringing the acclaimed fighter to Apple's handhelds.
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.
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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