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Week in review: Palm challenges Apple to phone fight

Apple and Palm mix it up over smartphones, while Microsoft sends browserless Windows to Europe and cans Money. Also: China to require censorship software.

Apple and Palm have dialed up a nice little smartphone skirmish.

The Palm Pre next to the current iPhone 3G. Corinne Schulze/CNET

At Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple announced a new version of the iPhone, called the iPhone 3G S. It's got the same design and pricing as the current iPhone 3G model, but sports a faster processor that Apple says will load most apps somewhere between three to five times faster. It also comes in improved capacities, all the way up to 32GB up from 16GB.
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Apple announced that iPhone OS 3.0 will be available worldwide June 17 as a free update to iPhone customers, and as a $9.95 update for iPod Touch owners. For an overview of what the software does, see our previous news roundup from the mid-March developer event.

Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel executives said the launch of the much-anticipated Palm Pre hit a sales record for the company. Neither Sprint nor Palm is discussing specific sales figures, but Tim Donahue, vice president of business marketing for Sprint, said the launch exceeded the company's expectations.

While the crowds that showed up on Saturday morning to buy the Pre at Sprint stores and other retail locations where the phone was offered were small in number compared with the crowds that have gathered for the past two iPhone launches, analysts are calling the launch of the Pre a success.
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The dark horse in the race, Nokia said its flagship smartphone, the N97, which was announced in December, has gone on sale in the U.S. at the whopping price tag of $699. This price isn't that shocking considering the phone will also be offered in Europe for a comparable price.

The reason the price of the N97 is still so high is that Nokia is not selling it through any particular carrier. Instead it will be sold to U.S. customers in Nokia flagship stores in New York and Chicago as well as online.

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Europe to get Windows 7 sans browser

Aiming to appease regulators, Microsoft plans to ship Windows 7 in Europe without Internet Explorer, though computer makers will have the option to add it back in.
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Apple bashes Windows 7, talks Snow Leopard

As part of the WWDC 2009 keynote, Apple's Bertrand Serlet takes a few swipes at the competition and talks about the next version of Mac OS X.
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Microsoft to discontinue MS Money

The software maker has notified financial institutions that it plans to stop selling its long-running personal finance program.
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French 'three strikes' piracy law dealt setback

The French Constitutional Council rejects a key provision of controversial law that would deny Internet access to those deemed to be copyright scofflaws after two warnings.
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Hybrid trucks strut on Capitol Hill

The Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., plays host to a showcase of hybrid possibilities for the commercial trucking industry.
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2.8 million not ready for DTV transition

As the June 12 deadline for the digital-TV switch approaches, the number of homes not ready represents 2.5 percent of the market.
•  Yes, Virginia, the DTV transition still isn't over

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