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3:55 AM ET, February 16, 2010

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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.
Discussion: Download Squad and SlashPhone
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Malatesta / WMExperts:
Microsoft's ‘Turtle’ and ‘Pure’ info: screen resolutions, CDMA code-names and more  —  So now the info has dropped on Windows Phone 7 Series and without rehashing all that information, it seems to have raised more questions than answered.  —  One of these is where does ‘Turtle’ and ‘Pure’ fit into all of this new strategy?
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.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:   Windows Phone 7 Is Impressive, But 3 Challenges Remain for Microsoft
Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
Microsoft's Path To Success In The Consumer Mobile Market
Discussion: Digits and eWeek
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and Microsoft is playing to win
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Blurs The Line Between Paid & Unpaid Results Again  —  Google has a new program that allows local businesses to get paid listings that appear within what's known as the 7-pack of local listings.  But are those in violation of the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines about proper disclosure of paid search ads.
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Michael Johnston / iPhone Alley:
Square: App Will Be $1, Available This Summer, Dongle Included [Video]  —  At Macworld last week, Square Inc gave a public demo of their iPhone payment system to expo-goers and announced that it would be available to the public by the summer.  For those who aren't familiar with the system …
Discussion: App Advice
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Buzz is planning more changes to please — and appease — users  —  Even more changes are coming to Google Buzz.  That's the upshot from my conversation with Google product manager Todd Jackson.  —  His team has assembled a “war room” in its Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ChannelWeb
Jim Bumgardner / KrazyDad:
Mayor of the North Pole  —  I've been blatantly cheating at foursquare for the past week.  I didn't mean to start the week this way.  Most of my friends know me as a responsible father who occasionally plays piano at local open mics, and makes puzzles.  —  Last Sunday, while checking …
Discussion: Techcraver.com
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.
VentureBeat:
Android tablets resurface at the Mobile World Congress  —  Apple is getting all the attention right now for its shiny new tablet device the iPad, but Google and its partners may be about to steal the spotlight.  At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, VentureBeat's Matthaus Krzykowski …
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 …
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.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Hands on Motorola Motoroi (the next flagship phone for T-Mobile)  —  The Motorola Motoroi (aka Sholes Tablet) is almost definitely coming to T-Mobile.  We have been reporting since last August that Motorola was working on the device and recently saw the FCC approve it with T-Mobile 3G bands.
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Arena
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.
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 …
Bits:
You, Too, Can Soon Be Like Tom Cruise in ‘Minority Report’  —  Hollywood imitates life.  And sometimes life imitates Hollywood.  —  John Underkoffler, who led the team that came up with the interface that Tom Cruise's character used in the 2002 movie “Minority Report,” co-founded a company …
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 …
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
 
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Laura June / Engadget:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google News Tests Trending Topics
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Google's Android to Run Bug Labs Devices, Expand Beyond Phones
Discussion: PRWeb and Open Source