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posted in April 2009

Motorola Ex-CFO Drama Continues

4/28/2009
Today, Motorola's former CFO, Paul Liska, formally denied the allegations that he ran a data scrubber on his company-issued laptop to destroy evidence. Meanwhile, Motorola calls the whole thing an "extortion campaign."

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Apple And Verizon In iPhone Talks: Report

4/27/2009
USA Today is reporting that Apple and Verizon are in "high-level" talks with one another to bring a CDMA version of the iPhone to market come 2010, when Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T expires. I don't believe it.

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Despite Economy, One-Quarter Billion Phones Sold During Q1

4/24/2009
The global economic slowdown has seemingly impacted every company out there to some degree. The economy has been an ongoing factor in the performance if the world's handset makers, but that didn't stop more than 250 million people from buying new phones in the first quarter of 2009.

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RIM Tweaks Facebook 1.5 To Clear Up Bugs

4/24/2009
If you rushed to download Facebook 1.5 for your BlackBerry when it first became available earlier this week, you might have noticed a few glitches. You're not alone. RIM has already issued a minor update to the application to smooth out the problems.

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Facebook 1.5 For BlackBerries Goes Live

4/22/2009
If you're an avid Facebook user and are accessing it from your BlackBerry, there's good news from Research In Motion. The latest version of the application was made available today, and it includes a host of key new features. Updated!

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Is AT&T Having A Fire Sale On iPhones?

4/21/2009
AT&T recently dropped the price of refurbished 3G iPhones to the meager sum of $150. The price drop, along with a bevy of new features being uncovered in iPhone OS 3.0, have fueled speculation that AT&T is clearing out stock to make room for the next-generation iPhone.

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Developers: Palm's webOS Is The Bomb

4/20/2009
Some developers who've gotten a head-start working on applications for Palm's webOS have indicated that they like what they see. A lot. Pandora's CTO noted, "Everything about the Pre feels like it's 'future-oriented,' not an iPhone-inspired knockoff."

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Forget Street Views, Google Maps Adds Webcams

4/17/2009
Webcams are everywhere. Many are in public places, such as Times Square, or the Akihabara district in Tokyo. They are often used for weather or traffic observation (OK, and maybe people watching, too). Now, you can enable a layer of webcams within Google Maps.

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Verizon CEO Talks Smack About Sprint, Hints At 4G iPhone

4/17/2009
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg recently said during an interview that he can't understand Sprint's current strategy, and predicts Sprint to implode at some point. He also said that a 4G iPhone is a possibility once Verizon gets its LTE network up and running.

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Survey Suggests Palm Pre Will Be A Flop

4/16/2009
A new survey conducted by ChangeWave Research shows that only 4% of those polled are interested in buying the Palm Pre at some point in the next six months. Most would rather have a BlackBerry or iPhone. Time for Palm to panic?

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Coders Stuff Android 1.5 Into The HTC G1

4/15/2009
Google just announced the availability of Android OS 1.5 for developers, but that hasn't stopped the hacking community from porting it to existing Android hardware. If you're a G1 user and want to power up some Cupcake action, read on.

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Is OQO About To Fall Victim To The Economy?

4/14/2009
According to recent reports, things aren't looking so good for ultra-mobile PC maker OQO. Its model 2+ has yet to make it to production, and word is that retailers have canceled orders for the next-generation mini-PC.

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YouTube Will Steal $471 Million From Google In 2009

4/13/2009
Google's acquisition of YouTube hasn't exactly paid off. According to Credit Suisse, YouTube will bilk Google for about $711 million this year in operating costs, while it will only bring in a projected $240 million in ad revenue. Time for Google to heave YouTube out the door?

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Predicting The Palm Pre Premiere

4/13/2009
The frenzy surrounding the forthcoming launch of the Palm Pre has been building in intensity over the last few weeks. According to reports, Sprint has put the kibosh on employee vacations in May, suggesting that the device may launch next month.

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Ex Moto Exec Airs Dirty Laundry

4/13/2009
Motorola's former CFO, Paul Liska, claims the company purposely misstated financial documents regarding its handset unit, and that he was unjustly fired for trying to blow the whistle.

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Latest Gmail Feature: Time Zone Stamping

4/9/2009
Any professional who travels regularly knows that time zones can play havoc with communications. In order to help keep you from replying to people in the middle of (their) night, Gmail Labs now lets you see the time zone from which emails are sent.

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CTIA: Video Demo Of QuickOffice For The iPhone

4/3/2009
I had the chance to sit down with QuickOffice this week and get a hands-on run through of its upcoming QuickOffice product for the iPhone. You want full Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities on the iPhone, QuickOffice is your answer.

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CTIA: RIM Updates BlackBerry App World. Already

4/3/2009
If you downloaded Research In Motion's new App World for your BlackBerry and have had a few problems with it, you're not alone. Users have reported connectivity and other issues. RIM has responded swiftly with an update to App World.

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CTIA: Nokia Says Wimax Is Going To Fail

4/2/2009
Nokia's head of sales and manufacturing Anssi Vanjok, recently said, "I don't think the future is very promising [for WiMax]." Nokia ended production of its WiMax-equipped N810 Internet Tablet several months ago. Is he right, does WiMax have a real future?

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CTIA: First Look At Palm Pre Emulator

4/2/2009
Palm recently announced that it will provide an emulator for webOS on the Palm Pre that will allow Palm users to port their legacy apps from the old Garnet OS to webOS. This is a necessary step for Palm, and I was able to get a nice walk through on video.

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CTIA: AT&T Offers A Netbook For $50

4/1/2009
If you're looking for a netbook on the cheap, AT&T has a deal for you. It is now selling a wider range of netbooks, with some starting at just $50. Of course, don't forget to add $1,440 for the cost of the necessary data plan.

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CTIA: QuickOffice For The iPhone Is Awesome

4/1/2009
Today at the CTIA wireless trade show, I was able to see a demonstration of the new QuickOffice software that will be available for the iPhone later this month. Instant verdict: epic win for enterprise productivity!

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