Companies race to make text-safety apps; Sharp plans mini mobile PC

> As legislators across the country vote to ban texting while driving, a wide array of technology companies are racing to bring texting-safety apps to market. Article (sub. req.)

> Bell Mobility in Canada has started shipping the Palm Pre to customers, marking the first international launch of the Pre. Article

> Researchers claim they are only weeks away from cracking standard GSM cell phone encryption, known as A5/1, and making the results available for anyone to use. Article

> Sharp unveiled plans for a new device that fits somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook. The Japanese company said it will launch a paperback book-sized mini mobile PC, code-named NetWalker. Article

> Using 60 LTE base stations, T- Mobile Austria claims it has conducted the largest multi-user trial of LTE under real-life conditions. Article

> 3 Austria said it is preparing to launch LTE in 2011. Article

> Surveys point to an explosion in WiFi usage, but the real challenge is monetizing that traffic. Commentary

And finally... Video gamers say that a recent study reinforces stereotypes that they're all fat and depressed. In fact, many claim to be happy, fit and extroverted. Article