Sony Ericsson names new CTO; Telefonica scores Pre exclusivity?

> Sony Ericsson's current CTO Mats Lindoff will leave the company at the end of the month and the firm's deputy CTO and head of technology for the Americas division Ron Louks will replace him beginning April 1. Article

> Telefonica has beat out rival Vodafone for exclusive rights to launch the Palm Pre in Spain, the U.K. and Latin America, according to Spanish media reports. Article

> Muni-WiFi projects should be considered for broadband stimulus money, and the federal government should not cave to the demands of incumbent players. Commentary

> Wavecom, which recently bought Sierra Wireless for $275 million, said Ronald Black has resigned as CEO and that Jason Cohenour has been named the new CEO, effective March 6. Release

> Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera said its customers will be able to access Facebook using SMS and MMS from any of its handsets, with users able to use text messages to update their status and to receive messages from friends. Article

And finally... Cricket unveiled what it is billing as the world's largest phone, a working replica of the Samsung Messager that is 15 feet long, 13 feet high and 3 feet deep. Release, Picture