Week in review: Phone fray

Nokia, HTC, and Microsoft fuel the phone war fire, while new tablets debut. Also: IE9 beta arrives.

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The phone wars are dialing up again with Nokia and HTC sending new handsets into the battlefield and Microsoft retreating a bit on its Windows Phone 7 strategy.

Nokia got the ball rolling by introducing three smartphones that use its new Symbian 3 operating system, though none of these new devices will be offered by a U.S. carrier. The company, which was once king of the mobile market, is now battling Apple's and Google's economic might, brand power, and sudden relevance.

To recover its position, Nokia is trying to capitalize on the large number of Nokia phones in circulation today--not just smartphones but the more modest and widespread "feature phones," which fit midway between smartphones and basic cell phones.
•  Is Nokia serious about the U.S. cell phone market?
•  Nokia poaches former Palm executive

HTC introduced two Android phones, the Desire HD with a large, 4.3-inch screen and the Desire Z with a flip-out hardware keyboard. Both are set to arrive in October in Europe and Asia; the Desire Z will arrive in North America later this year. The phones come with an updated version of HTC's Sense user interface and tie in with the new HTCSense.com Web site designed to augment the phones' abilities.
•  Report: Apple, RIM losing market share to Android

A look at some Windows Phone 7 apps (images)

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Windows Phone 7 will be GSM-only in 2010

CNET has confirmed that Microsoft has delayed the CDMA version of the phone operating system until next year, reducing the number of potential launch carriers, especially in the U.S.
•  More apps for Windows Phone 7 detailed
•  Survey: Mobile apps prevalent but often unused
•  Cell phone tax 'fairness' bill moves forward

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IE9: From corporate memo to beta

Internet Explorer 9, which arrives in beta form this week, began life as a vision embodied in a memo sent to top execs from the head of Microsoft's browser team.
•  Internet Explorer goes modern in new beta
•  Sinofsky on IE9, Windows Live, and more (Q&A)

Intel: Leaked HDCP copy protection code is legit

Master key code could be used to create pirate devices, but Intel says they would be hard to make and would be illegal.
•  HDCP antipiracy leak opens doors for black boxes

Samsung takes on iPad with Galaxy Tab

Samsung's new tablet PC and video service are the latest products the company has announced that pit it against Apple.
•  Photos: Samsung Galaxy Tab
•  Media Hub details come out

Dell touch-screen flips from tablet to Netbook (photos)

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Dell shows 10-inch tablet: Keyboard included

Dell uses the Intel Developer Forum to show off a 10-inch, dual-core tablet it claims turns the tablet into a complete productivity tool.
•  Otellini's IDF talk hits on smart devices, software
•  Intel will teach gadgets to learn about you
•  Intel discloses new Sandy Bridge technical details
•  iPad rivals stuck in 'upcoming' mode

Twitter unveils 'faster, richer' Twitter.com

Company gives people a new way to view photos, videos, and user profiles.
•  Google's Schmidt taking small steps into social

'Social Network' weaves a complex Web

The impressive new film about the contested origins of Facebook is best classified as mythology, but it's also about how we see ourselves and how the world sees us.
•  Oops! Facebook mistakenly censors Burning Man art

Craigslist: We won't reopen adult-services section

The personals directory, which shut down its "adult services" section following lawmaker pressure, will not be reopening it, according to the congressional testimony of one company executive.
•  Craigslist urged to shut erotic-services ads worldwide

How secure is your e-mail password?

CNET's Elinor Mills watches while a security expert mines the Internet for information about her that could be used to hijack her e-mail account and even steal her identity.
•  Searching for free stuff online can be costly

Boeing, Space Adventures tout tourism initiative

Wealthy space tourists and non-NASA researchers may one day fly to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's planned CST-100 capsule, being developed as a commercial venture.
•  Boeing eyes five-year flight for solar plane

Also of note
•  IPv6 reality starts dawning on ISPs
•  Documentary celebrates 35 years of ILM magic
•  Consumer Reports still won't recommend iPhone 4