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9:35 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 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 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.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Windows Phone 7 Series: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  Earlier today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  The new operating system is a bold move for Microsoft, which is looking to reinvigorate its mobile strategy.
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: eWeek and Digits
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Wholesale Applications Community Sounds Like A Disaster In The Making  —  This morning, twenty four of the world's largest telecom companies announced their plans to create the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), a unified open platform that lets developers build an application once …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and CNET News, Thanks:andrewpbrett
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google plays down hopes of mobile app alliance
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Prepares for a World without Apple's Blessing  —  Today at the Mobile World Congress 2010, Adobe announced several initiatives designed to cement their company's relevance in a world where Apple, one of the top smartphone players, has banned Adobe software from inclusion …
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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.
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Jobs Is Said to Assist With Book on His Life  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A handful of presumptive biographers have, over the years, tried to tell the remarkable story of Steven P. Jobs: the youthful visionary who, after being ousted from Apple, the company he helped to found, triumphantly returned to lead a new era of high-tech innovation.
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.
Facebook:
Facebook Data Team: Relationships and Happiness  —  Relationships and Happiness  —  It's Valentine's Day, and for Data Scientists and others alike, it's the perfect time to ask the question: Does having that someone special really make us happy?  —  We already have methodology for measuring …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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: itu.int, BetaNews and MobileCrunch
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why can't Nokia sell phones to Americans?  —  Nokia is the world's biggest mobile gadget maker, period.  More people around the world pack a Nokia phone than the company's next three competitors combined.  Nokia's brand is rated as one of the top names in the world, not far behind Google and Coke.
 
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