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posted in February 2008

iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available

This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.

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Gmail Chat Goes Invisible. :-D

Instant messengers, rejoice! Google has updated Gmail Chat and Talk with the ability to go invisible. This was a much-needed feature of the IM client built into Gmail. Google stepped up and delivered.

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LinkedIn Launches Mobile Site

Today LinkedIn showed off a new beta WAP site that lets you perform some basic tasks related to your LinkedIn database of professional contacts. And when we say basic, we mean basic. You can't view your contacts' contact information, accept invitations, nor even update your own profile. LinkedIn Mobile has its work cut out for it if it intends to catch up to other social networking sites' m

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Unlocked iPhone Innovations Continue

Every day, it seems, developers come up with nifty new ways to use the iPhone to do this or that. The latest creations allow you to use your iPhone as a full touchpad remote for your PC, zoom through applications on the iPhone using CoverFlow, and LoJack your iPhone.

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Sergey Brin: MicroHoo 'Unnerving'

At a recent event, Google co-founder Sergey Brin called Microsoft's bid for Yahoo "unnerving" and said the move imperils innovation on the Internet. Google also posits that the merger would be illegal. Maybe the merger could violate antitrust laws. Or maybe Brin likes being King of the Mountain, and doesn't want anything to threaten that. Oh, and Brin? Innovation will continue w

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Google Needs To Create A Search Engine For Mobile Phones

Ever wish you could search for content on your phone effectively, just like you can on your desktop or the Internet? A company called Nuance offered a free trial to attendees of the Mobile World Congress last week that allowed you simply start typing a query in using T9. It automatically searched your entire phone for that content, be it a contact, file, image, application, etc. Google, can you do this, too?

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Google Apps Gets Integrated Telephony Features

Let's say you're a Google shop. You run Google everything, including Mail, Chat, Apps, Calendar, and so on. You recently caught wind of unified communications services and how they consolidate a lot of your, well, communications, into one place. Cool, right? A new offering from Voice Mobility lets you integrate those unified communications telephony services into your existing Google Apps set up.

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Google Search Results Now Showing Video Ads

Late last week Google began testing a new way to advertise within search results: video ads. Rather than the barely visible text ads you see off to the right of your results pages, the new ads will feature everything from images and maps to full-on video. The evolution of advertising marches onward.

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The Wealthy Use Google, The Poor Use Yahoo

Talk about a digital divide. Hitwise recently performed some analysis of the traffic patterns on the Google and Yahoo search engines. Google users tended to be older and spend more money online. Yahoo users, conversely, were often younger and spent less money online. Which is the better audience to have?

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Motorola's Phantom Announcement Is A Bad Sign

Motorola is hurting. Bad. It debuted just three new phones this week at one of the largest mobile gatherings around the sphere. All three are re-worked versions of previous models ... for emerging markets. Motorola's tail is officially, and firmly, tucked between its legs.

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Video: First Look At Access Mobile Linux Platform

Google is not the only one working on a mobile Linux platform. Access has been hard at work on its own next-generation mobile Linux operating system. The demo we saw at Mobile World Congress shows how capable and user-friendly the system is.

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Video: The HTC Advantage

Here's some more video from on-site in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. This time around, we get an in-depth demo of the re-designed HTC Advantage.

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Nokia Cranks Out Powerful Phones

At the Nokia press conference this morning, Nokia introduced four new phones that are bursting with features. It made the N96, which I discussed on Friday, official, and brought in another N series phone and two mainstream devices. All boast big cameras, GPS and big connectivity options.

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Voce, MVNO To The Elite, Abruptly Goes Offline

The last 12 months have seen the death of many an MVNO. None of the flame-outs have had the same, dark, seedy, Hollywood noir endings that Voce's did. It started when Roy Kosuge, COO of Voce, got out of bed last Friday morning. Upon checking his cell phone, he found out it, along with his company, was dead. (Queue dramatic '50s movie score.) Voce treated its premium customers to a premium "buh-bye".

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Study: Quality Of Mobile Phone Calls Stinks

Snap, crackle, pop. You remember those words from Rice Krispies commercials, right? Well, turns out they apply to calls made from cell phones as well. A new study said that nearly 40% of calls fall below industry minimum standards for voice quality. Is anyone surprised? I hear pins dropping...

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What Happens When You 'Google' Google?

Just for the heck of it, I performed a Google search for Google. The search generated 1.83 billion results. The top result was a current news item about the brewing war between Google and Microsoft. To me, the most surprising thing was the lack of sponsored ads next to the search results. The only one was from Google itself, suggesting you make Google your home page.

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Study: Cell Phones Don't Cause Brain Cancer

A new study coming from Japan says that holding a cell phone to your head and gabbing all day long will not increase your risk of brain cancer. It may, however, increase your risk of becoming a social outcast, getting into car accidents, and walking into a light post.

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Source: Yahoo Talking To Google To Fend Off Microsoft

According to a Reuters report, Yahoo said it would consider joining forces with Google in order to prevent Microsoft from acquiring it. What sort of partnership could it strike with Google that would hold Microsoft at bay while not triggering antitrust issues? Oh, and Yahoo says $31 per share isn't good enough.

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Google Execs Made 20-Year Commitment To Each Other

Ah, the heady pre-IPO heydays of summer 2004. In July of that year, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, together with CEO Eric Schmidt, must have been feeling pretty bullish on Google's long-term future. The three agreed to work together for the next 20 years, to have and to hold, in sickness and health, good times and bad, for better or worse. Will this business marriage last?

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