Apple allows third party iPhone browsers; Verizon launches new flip phone

> After months of resisting, Apple has said it will allow third party web browsers for the iPhone 3G, approving them to be sold in its App Store. Article  

> Verizon Wireless launched a new flip phone, the VX8360, a successor to the Vx8350; the EV-DO phone has a 1.3-megapixel camera and sells for $499.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. Article 

> Microsoft updated its Live Search Mobile application for Windows Mobile-based devices, including a new GPS feature and bird's-eye-view aerial imagery of certain urban areas. Article

> MetroPCS announced a $300 million senior notes offering, and intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate needs, including capital expenditures. Article

> AT&T Mobility plans on expanding coverage and capacity around Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., for Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1. Article

And finally... Thirteen year-old Reina Hardesty sent 14,528 text messages in December, which averages out to be 470 messages a day. Article

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