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CNET News Daily Podcast: Verizon takes on the iPhone with Droid

Verizon takes on the iPhone with Droid; Sidekick data coming back, but slowly; and Gartner tells IT managers to lighten up about social networking already.

The latest Android-based smartphone, the Droid, could debut as early as October 30, according to a cryptic countdown code on Verizon's Web site that promotes the new device.

The Droid will run the new Android 2.0 operating system on a 3.7-inch touch screen along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The 5-megapixel autofocus and flash camera will offer both still and video recording. Wi-FI, Bluetooth 2.0, and GPS are there as well.

Some sites have already gotten their hands on the device, and are saying it's one of the best Android devices yet.

Also on the podcast: Sidekick data is coming back, Firefox is blocking Microsoft's .Net add-ons, Plastic Logic gets ready to release its new e-book reader, and Gartner tells IT departments to embrace social networking.


Today's stories:

Droid is coming to Verizon

Microsoft: Sidekick data recovery takes time

Firefox blocks insecure .Net add-on--awkwardly

Plastic Logic hopes there is a Que for e-books

Wolfram Alpha iPhone app is cool but overpriced

KaChing takes on mutual fund industry

Twitter co-founder's 'Square' comes into focus

Gartner: Growth coming after IT's worst-ever year

Gartner: Loosen up on social networks, security

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