Apple blocks Pre from iTunes sync; RIM, T-Mobile promote BlackBerry Gemini

> Apple essentially terminated the Palm Pre's iTunes sync functionality with the release of its latest iTunes software update. Article

> Research In Motion and T-Mobile USA are promoting launch parties July 20 for the BlackBerry Gemini, otherwise known as the Curve 8520. Article

> conducted a smartphone test that found AT&T customers experienced the slowest average 3G network speeds. Article

> FCC nominees Meredith Atwell Baker and Mignon Clyburn told the Senate Commerce Committee that they would work to help consumers and foster competition in the telecom industry. Article

> The practice of offloading mobile data will take off as carriers become overwhelmed by the amount of data traffic on their networks. Commentary

> Vodafone is losing market share in three of its four main European markets, according to UBS, and plans to replace its Live! mobile Internet portal. Article

> The global market for WiFi-enabled healthcare products will grow by 70 percent over the next five years, to an estimated $4.9 billion in 2014, according to ABI Research. Article

> T-Mobile UK is said to be planning a turnaround by gaining rights to market Apple's iPhone. Article

And finally... Shoppers across the country who made simple purchases with their Visa cards wound up with a $23,148,855,308,184,500 charge on their accounts. Article