THE WRAP: The Facebook phone, the Blackpad tablet

Robert Clark
24 Sep 2010

This week the great Facebook phone mystery, as the tablet market warmed up.

Facebook denied reports that it was making a Facebook-branded phone, but confirmed it was working closely with handset firms on making Facebook-friendly phones and software.

Facebook went down and back up again with little explanation.

RIM is planning a tablet – dubbed the “Blackpad” by some staff - using an OS from new subsidiary QNX. Insiders say the device could be unveiled it the RIM developers’ conference next week.

Dell launched its first tablet, the Streak, in Asia, as CEO Michael Dell announced plans to start shipping a seven-inch device early next year.

LGE became the second handset firm in a week to dump its CEO, ejecting Nam Yong in favor of a member of the founding family.

As new CEO Stephen Elop moved into the corner office, Nokia announced a delay in shipping its top-end N8 phone.

Korea’s SK Telecom emerged as a possible investor in US satellite-4G startup LightSquared.

MetroPCS launched the first US LTE network, prompting AT&T to bring forward its LTE launch by a year to mid-2011.

The next iPhone will be LTE, using Qualcomm chips, an analyst predicted. Telkomsel signed ZTE to supply LTE gear for a trial.

The US FCC approved the release of unused or “white space” broadcasting spectrum for wireless broadband.

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