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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Last week's Switched On discussed why Google's ownership of Motorola is unlikely to bring major changes to the balance of power among Android licensees. But Motorola also has significant interests in the set-top ma

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Tech company acquisitions often seek to reshape a company or even the entire industry. Buying Applied Semantics catalyzed Google's rise to online advertising dominance. Apple's purchase of NeXT transformed the form

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This is just sad, in a happy way. Last week, a judge threw out Erich Specht's attempt to extort $94 million from Google, Android Inc, and Open Handset Alliance. Apparently, the court wasn't swayed by the website that Specht threw up in order to prove he was still using the mark after his company wen

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The Open Handset Alliance -- the raucous group of firms officially supporting and contributing to Android's development -- has added a staggering 13 new members today, including Freescale (Moto's former chip unit) and China Telecom, China's EV-DO carrier. Update: We still don't have have a press r

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Google's gone ahead and uncorked the bubbly to celebrate the launch of Android 2.0 \"Eclair\" today ahead of Verizon's big reveal tomorrow, bundling its announcements into two very important sections: SDK support, meaning devs can go ahead and start targeting the new bits, and a comprehensive list of

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Google's gone ahead and uncorked the bubbly to celebrate the launch of Android 2.0 \"Eclair\" today ahead of Verizon's big reveal tomorrow, bundling its announcements into two very important sections: SDK support, meaning devs can go ahead and start targeting the new bits, and a comprehensive list of

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We've known that Cupcake has been floating around in dev circles for months now, but it's been clear as mud how the Open Handset Alliance plans to incorporate all of the lovely features it brings into Android's trunk, how Android will be versioned going forward, and in general, how the group plans t

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We've known that Cupcake has been floating around in dev circles for months now, but it's been clear as mud how the Open Handset Alliance plans to incorporate all of the lovely features it brings into Android's trunk, how Android will be versioned going forward, and in general, how the group plans t

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Immersion's no stranger to bringing haptic feedback to cellphones, and if it has its way, it'll be on an Android-powered cellie in the very near future. The developer and licensor of touch feedback technology has proudly (very proudly, in fact) announced that its touch tech is now available for impl

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There's not a lot of meat here, but we like where it's headed: ASUS CEO Johnny Shih talked up the company's \"two-pronged\" approach to mobile devices last night, which apparently includes a unit that can be \"put in the pocket, play MP3s, offer GPS services, works like a PDA and offers Mobile TV alto

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There's not a lot of meat here, but we like where it's headed: ASUS CEO Johnny Shih talked up the company's \"two-pronged\" approach to mobile devices last night, which apparently includes a unit that can be \"put in the pocket, play MP3s, offer GPS services, works like a PDA and offers Mobile TV alto

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Ah yes -- another refreshing installment of the Engadget Podcast! This week the boys get in touch with their deep feelings on Palm's potential New-ness, Nokia's mystery touchscreen phone, fresh additions to the Open Handset Alliance, and news on the forthcoming reader meetup. You also get to hear

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According to two reports, Sony Ericsson and HTC are both semi-confirming Android handsets for 2009. An SE spokesman by the name of Garfield Brusewitz was quoted as saying that the company would introduce higher-end models of the Google-powered devices to start with, then supplement those handsets w

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