THE WRAP: Pre fever and an iPhone 3.0 preview

05 Jun 2009

This week Pre expectations rose to fever pitch while Chinese authorities tried to hose down June 4 remembrance.

Palm\'s Pre, it much-anticipated new smartphone, prepped for debut. Early reviews praised its design, camera, OS and multitasking capabilities.

Nokia launched its high-end N97 phone while leaked photos suggest the coming iPhone 3.0 will have a compass and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus.

Twitchy Chinese officials blocked Twitter, Flickr, Microsoft\'s new search engine and a host of other sites ahead of the June 4 anniversary.

China Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom said they would build a $15 million subsea cableacross the Taiwan Strait.

Former Nortel execs are trying to raise $1 billion to help take the stricken vendor out of bankruptcy.

RIM reported a critical security flaw in BlackBerry. CDMA operators will get their own roaming hub.

The top10% of Twitter users account for 90% of all tweets, a survey found.

Intel bought software firm Wind River for $884 million to help it in the embedded devices markets. Motorola will embed high-speed wireless chips in cameras and other gadgets.

The chip market showed some signs ofrecovery in April, according to an industry group. Sony Ericsson predicted a turnaround in the global handset market in Q4.

Verizon Wireless and Sony Ericsson joined the app store craze.

NetApp upped its bid for deduplication firm Data Domain after an unexpected offer from EMC.

Netbook-makers won the right to call their products "netbooks". Qualcomm called its new device a smartbook. Acer and Asus will soon sell Android-powered netbooks.

BT began upgrading its broadband network to ADSL2+, aiming to deliver 20 Mbps to 55% of customers by March.

A judge threw out more than three dozen lawsuits claiming American telcos had illegally assisted in President Bush\'s warrantless wiretap program. The Australian regulator cleared the Vodafone-Hutchison merger.

Huawei unveiled the world\'s first commercial CDMA EV-DO Rev B solution, soon to be trialled by China Telecom.

Ericsson was reported to have won a $500 million contract from new Indian cellco, Unitech.

Amateur sleuths mapped out North Korea on Google Earth, identifying missile-storage facilities, mass graves, labor camps, and the entrance to its underground nuclear base.

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appeared on stage together to help launch Beatles Rock Band.

And an Indonesian woman faces six years\' jail for defamation after complaining about her treatment at a local hospital in an email to friends.

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