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VodafoneVodafone's membership in the Google-led Open Handset Alliance isn't necessarily a bad thing for the LiMo Foundation, which makes an open-source mobile operating system based on Linux that some see as vying for smartphone supremacy with Google's Android mobile and wireless stack. LiMo's Morgan Gillis says overlap among Android, LiMo and Symbian camps is par for the course as they combat Windows Mobile, RIM and the Apple iPhone.

When the Open Handset Alliance said it gained 14 new members Dec. 9, some industry watchers cocked an eyebrow at the participation of Vodafone.


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Is Google getting ready to end the need for costly mobile phone minute plans and create a major upset in the mobile carrier industry?

Their coming handsets could be game changing for giving users more power over their mobile handsets, but Google could also be going after the carriers. This week Techcrunch broke news that Google and EBay are in talks about a Skype acquisition or partnership deal. Michael Arrington postulated that Google could be working to integrate their Grand Central, GTalk VOIP and other Voice services such as Google 411 to the Skype community. These services are all complimentary and could be a natural fit for the Skype community.