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Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

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Android Central is live at CTIA in Las Vegas!

Another week, another mobile show. This time up is CTIA in Las Vegas, where the mobile industry gets together to show off all the stuff that makes the mobile world work. There's also likely a few more consumer friendly items lurking too as well as news from Sprint and Verizon. Phil, Andrew and Anndrew from Android Central are on the ground in Vegas all week covering the event, so for all the best the show has to offer, be sure to pay them a visit.

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Shared database will allow AT&T and T-Mobile to curb smartphone theft

AT&T and T-Mobile are joining forces in order to try and curb the rising rate of stolen smartphones by way of a shared database project backed by both the CTIA and FCC. The system will allow either carrier to flag an IMEI number as stolen which will render the device useless on either network.

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CTIA Day 1 keynote Liveblog: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint CEOs

We're up, ready and raring to go at CTIA Enterprise & Applications here in San Diego. First up is the Day 1 keynote, with the CEOs of Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Just as when they got together for us in March, this should prove to be a barn burner.

Join us after the break for the liveblog. Things get going at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

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TiPb on Digital Trends: iTablet, eBooks on iPhone, and CTIA

Digital Trends and Lief Iverson was gracious enough to have me on their podcast last week, and we took the opportunity to talk:

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Live From CTIA, It's Yahoo! BluePrint! (And Pics!)

Yahoo! oneConnect wasn't the only news to come steamrolling out of the CTIA Keynote yesterday, and TiPb senior editor Dieter Bohn was there live to capture it:

The big story is BluePrint -- it offers a very quick mobile services development platform based on XML. Basically it's a large set of XML setup you can program a mobile app in and it will display very nicely on different platforms -- iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, etc. They are opening it up for anybody and anybody can distribute however they'd like. Yahoo would prefer you use Yahoo's ads on your apps, but not requiring it.

While we await more on this latest contender/pretender for the "build once, deploy many" crown, check out Dieter's gallery o'pics straight from the keynote (after the jump), and head on over to WMExperts for the full play-by-play.

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Yahoo! oneConnect Preview Hits the iPhone!

While our own Dear Leader is off live-blogging in San Francisco (no, sadly not for Apple but for CTIA oh, so close by), he hasn't forgotten us, and indeed has just sent in word from the field of Yahoo! oneConnect for -- what was last year's "device unmentionable" -- the iPhone.

"Pulse feature is sweet!"

And just was is the pulsey sweetness of which Dieter speaks? Yahoo! says:

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CTIA: Facebook Talk

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, gave a great talk today. His talk actually dovetails perfectly with what I wrote last night, that all of these "walled garden" methodologies have got to go. My notes from the talk have been posted up; you'll see them refined into a story at BerryShack and Crackberry soon enough, I'm sure.

I'll dig a bit deeper into his talk later today, but the highlight for me is that Moskovitz knows that as computers get smaller, they'll eat into mobiles. Mobiles will have to become open like computers, or people will start using computers instead of mobiles. As computers miniaturize, that's just going to be a fact of life.

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CTIA: Lipstick on a Pig

figure 1: various logos of CTIA. It's probably supposed to show multi-facetedness and diversity, but it's a lot more like untreated schizophrenia.

There is something seriously wrong with the wireless industry. The CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment is emblematic of the issues that plague the wireless industry. It's seriously like a microcosm of what's broken in the wireless world.

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CTIA Ballmer Keynote

We just finished watching the day 1 keynote by Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO), and Dieter has posted the details up on WMExperts.com. It was a fair keynote; Ballmer was better in person than I thought he would be. His stage voice and personality are both ridiculously brash.

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