Mobile phone sales dropped 4.6% in Q4; Palm leads on open-source development

> Global mobile phone sales fell 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter to 314.7 million units, according to research firm Gartner. All of the top five handset vendors saw their sales drop. Article

> Palm is leading the growth in open-source projects targeting the mobile platform, according to a new study by open-source software management services provider Black Duck Software. Article

> Apple is leading the race for dominance among application stores. The future of Palm's webOS application distribution remains promising yet murky. Commentary

> Sprint Nextel announced that Frank Ianna, currently the CEO of Attila Technologies, a Technogenesis Company incubated at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been appointed to its board of directors. Release

And finally... A mall in the New Zealand city of Christchurch is going to use Barry Manilow music in an attempt to pacify (or drive out) "mall rats," or the teenagers who congregate there. Article