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Saudi Arabia BlackBerry messaging ban enacted

Saudi Arabia BlackBerry messaging ban enacted

The Saudi Arabian government has apparently followed through on its threat to shut down BlackBerry messaging services, after RIM refused to hand over access to the encrypted network traffic.  According to some BlackBerry users, the messaging functionality of their devices ceased working roughly four hours ago; the Saudi government had informed the country's three cellular providers to block access or face a fine of $1.3m.

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Nokia: we are “front of the pack” in LBS; no Sprint phone plans

Nokia: we are “front of the pack” in LBS; no Sprint phone plans

Nokia reckons that location-based services are the future of mobile internet, and believes itself to be ahead of the pack with its NAVTEQ IP.  That's the message from sales and marketing chief Niklas Savander, who took to Twitter yesterday and invited questions about the Finnish company's plans and premonitions.  Savander also reiterated Nokia's plan for "a major product milestone by the end of the year"; however anybody looking for true insight in their tweet stream likely ended up disappointed.

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BlackBerry Curve 9300 on sale on Rogers ahead of official unveil

BlackBerry Curve 9300 on sale on Rogers ahead of official unveil

It's no Torch but the BlackBerry Curve 9300 has gone up for sale through Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, despite not having been officially announced by RIM themselves.  As expected, the Curve 9300 is pretty much an 8520 with a hot injection of 3G.  $79.99 - and a three-year agreement - gets you the handset, complete with a 3-megapixel camera, dual-band UMTS/HSPA, a 2.8-inch QVGA display but not, despite what Rogers' spec sheet reckons, Android 2.1 as the OS.

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Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia continue to insist that they have no plans to ditch Symbian or MeeGo in favor of Android, and so we'll have to get our Google/Finn crossover kicks in unofficial ways.  Chinese firm iZiNN has cloned the Nokia N8 and slapped a copy of Android 2.1 on their copy, the CJ-3; it lacks the original's 12-megapixel camera (making do with just 5-megapixels) but does keep the HDMI output and 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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AT&T Motorola Sage spotted in wild

AT&T Motorola Sage spotted in wild

Someone needs to call Motorola and let them know that umpteen versions of pretty much the same hardware isn't good enough to win our hearts.  The company's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola Sage, has leaked out in picture form to Engadget, and it's yet another entry- to mid-tier device with a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and MOTOBLUR.

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Android Facebook app gets much-needed upgrade

Android Facebook app gets much-needed upgrade

Facebook for Android always felt like the ugly-sister app in comparison to its slick iPhone counterpart, and happily the social networking site is finally doing something about it.  A fresh update brings far more in-app functionality, including the ability to view videos and respond to friend requests without being thrown out to the Android browser; there's also a new media reel which showcases new photos and video from friends.

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