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> BlackBerry users on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon reportedly had slow or interrupted service over the weekend. Article

> If the Prada phone was not your style, stay tuned for the Levi's branded phone, which is set to launch next month, with jeans-like rivets. Article 

> Apple inks a patent deal with InterDigital, the company that just asked the ITC to investigate Nokia's 3G handsets. Article

> Sony Ericsson's patents reveal Sony PlayStation phone is in the works. Article

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