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Taiwan phone maker HTC will introduce at least three additional phones powered by Google‘s Android open-source platform this year, having debuted last month its new HTC Magic for Vodafone to use in Europe, CEO Peter Chou said Tuesday. Chou also predicted that the firm’s Chinese sales will double this year, thanks to a newly built 3G network, and he reaffirmed earlier guidance of double-digit overall revenue growth for HTC. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/18) , Network World/IDG News Service (3/17) , Reuters (3/17)

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Before this year’s SXSW event kicked off, a number of bloggers suggested that this year’s breakout hit might be foursquare, a new location-based social application with a gaming twist that was created by the guys behind the now-defunct Dodgeball service. As the ‘interactive’ section of the festival winds down, I think it’s safe to say that foursquare was not the must-have app of SXSW the way Twitter was two years ago. But it had a strong showing, and once I actually figured out which of my friends were using the service (which is more difficult than it sounds), I found foursquare to be an indispensable app during my time here. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/18/sxsw-foursquare-scores-despite-its-flaws/ 3/18)

Full disclosure: One of my friends is one of the developers of Foursquare.  That said, I’m still pretty objective.  Foursquare is like the application loopt but better.  Loopt is great if you frequently open the app but usually I don’t have reason to.  Foursquare gives users incentives to open the app by awarding badges for completing certain tasks.  My gripe with the application is mainly in the way that friends are added as the application requests a phone number or twitter handle rather than plugging into the iPhone contact list.  I don’t know about you but I don’t remember anyone’s phone numbers.  Plus, not all of my friends are super tech savvy so I can really only see my nerd fabulous friend’s whereabouts.  It will take a bit of critical mass but this app’s future is bright.

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AT&T has rolled out a Motorola cell phone designed for music-loving subscribers who might need to save money: The new EM330 is free with a signed two-year contract and a $50 rebate, the companies said Tuesday. The tri-band GSM/EDGE folder phone sports an FM radio tuner that can identify the songs being aired, which in turn can be purchased from the AT&T Music Store. CNET (3/17) , MobileBurn (3/17)

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Presentation buffs can now get their fix when they’re on the move, thanks to the mobile website SlideShare just launched about an hour ago. Simply point your mobile phone browser to m.slideshare.com and you’re good to go. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/18/slides-on-the-go-slideshare-launches-mobile-site/ 3/18)

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With an eye on its core market among young, budget-conscious consumers, Virgin Mobile USA will begin producing “smarter” touch-screen handsets, CEO Dan Schulman said Tuesday, without providing further details. The MVNO, which resells Sprint Nextel service, expects smartphone penetration to rise from about 20% today to 50% within three to five years, Schulman added. Network World/IDG News Service (3/17)

One month after announcing that it would make its first set of smartphones, all based on Windows Mobile software, Acer said it would also ship non-Windows-based models, but it declined to specify which operating systems the devices might use. Acer also said that it would ship two of the Windows-based phones early next month and that a pair of premium handsets would follow in the second quarter. Network World/IDG News Service (3/18) , Network World/IDG News Service (3/18)

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