ALSO NOTED: Panasonic buys Tropian assets; Softbank to borrow $10.9B for Vodafone buy; and much more...

> Panasonic in North America has acquired the assets of Tropian. Article

> Softbank plans to borrow $10.9 billion from a syndicate of Japanese and overseas financial institutions to acquire Vodafone's Japan business. Article (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)

> SouthernLINC Wireless and RIM announced plans to offer BlackBerry to customers in the Southeast. Release

> Jump Mobile announced it has entered into agreements with six new distributors for Jump Mobile's prepaid wireless services. Release

And Finally...
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a device, called the Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic, that can read the emotional state of minds of people and alert wearers. Article

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