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BlackBerry getting new music sharing service... iOS still has Ping

Microsoft offers subscription music via their Zune service, and now another iPhone and iPad rival, RIM's BlackBerry, might be joining the party. Kevin from CrackBerry.com has the scoop:

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Did iPad kill HP's hardware business?

After Apple introduced the iPad I wondered out loud on iPad Live whether it would leave any air in the room for eventual tablet rivals. It turns out I might have been right, but also might not have been right enough. The iPad, and now iPad 2, might not have left any air in the room for any hardware rivals, tablet or PC.

HP is not only killing off their webOS hardware and looking to license the software, HP is spinning or selling off their laptop and desktop computer business as well. Why?

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HP to discontinue webOS devices -- Pre, Veer, and TouchPad bite the dust

HP has just announced that they're killing off webOS devices, namely the Pre, Veer, and TouchPad -- or everything that competes with iPhone and iPad.

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

Derek Kessler, editor of our sibling site PreCentral.net pulls no punches:

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iPad rivals still can't find a tablet market

Apple has proven time and time again that they're driven to innovate regardless, that they can successfully compete against themselves, but nothing drives them to innovate and compete faster and in a more focused fashion than a successful rival. Sadly, when it comes to iPad, rivals are proving anything but successful at the point.

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Apple CFO: $12.5 billion is a lot of money for Google to spend on Motorola

Apple Chief Financial Officer, Peter Oppenheimer, was asked what he thought about Android maker Google's intent to purchase handset maker Motorola Mobility during a Gleacher & Company conference call. Oppenhemier's response?

“$12.5 billion is a lot of money."

Indeed.

[Cult of Mac]

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BlackBerry Torch 9860 gets reviewed

CrackBerry.com's [full review of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 full touch screen smartphone

Kevin Michaluk of sibling site CrackBerry.com has just posted his BlackBerry Torch 9860, and just like his BlackBerry Bold 9900, it's jam packed with detail.

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Google-Motorola purchase podcast special!

Yours truly was lucky enough to sit in with the big Android Central brain trust of Phil, Jerry, and Alex to discuss the details and ramifications of Google buying Motorola Mobility -- at least as far as anyone can discuss them this soon after the announcement. Show notes can be found via the link at the bottom. Now go listen.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 gets reviewed

CrackBerry.com's full review of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 touchscreen, QWERTY smartphone

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TabCo (Fusion Garage) announces Grid 10 (JooJoo2) and Grid 4 (JooJooPhone)

In what has to be one of the greatest keynotes of all time, replete with canned applause and canned questions, TabCo Fusion Garage announced the JooJoo2 Grid 10 tablet, and a Grid 4 smartphone.

They're built on an Android foundation but with their own proprietary GridOS layer on top of it, and are doing this, they say, because Android might not really be popular, it might just be the only alternative... for now. In other words, they're position Grid as the best user experience alternative to iPhone and iPad.

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Poll: What does Google buying Motorola mean for Apple?

What does Google + Motorola mean for Apple?

Holy heck! Waking up to the news of Google buying Motorola Mobility just shows you how fast our industry is moving and changing. But what does it mean for Apple, iPhone and iPad? Will Google really continue to run Motorola "as is" without much change, and Droids and Xooms will just come out again as they came out before? Or will Google start to copy the Apple model more and give Motorola exclusive Nexus handsets with much better, and even more competitive integration? Or will HTC, Samsung, and other Android OEMs feel screwed by this whole deal and start looking more seriously at Windows Phone or maybe even webOS, resulting in less choice for consumers on the Android side?

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