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News to know: CTIA; Adobe; Google; Smart grids

CTIA, tech earnings, Google, smart grids and lots of mobile device talk are the key themes of the day.

CTIA, tech earnings, Google, smart grids and lots of mobile device talk are the key themes of the day. You can get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.

Among the key themes for the Wednesday, March 24, 2010:

CTIA: Clearwire and Sprint talk up the WiMax rollout, which should be coming to a market near you. Verizon and Skype launch mobile and payment services and Joel Evans gets 4G for his iPhone---via Sprint's Overdrive. The mobile data explosion continues. Gadget to watch: Marvell's Moby Tablet. See our CTIA Wireless Special Report

And we leave you with some eye candy from CTIA:

Tech earnings: The financial results are landing for three major software players---Adobe, Red Hat and Oracle. Adobe's results were solid and there's a product cycle for Flash and Creative Suite ahead. Red Hat is also expected to deliver good results as the swap from Unix to Linux continues. Oracle lands Thursday and we'll be looking for color on the Sun integration.

Kindle economics under fire. With falling prices on more advanced multipurpose digital convergence devices such as the iPad, HP Slate and Android tablets, single purpose e-reader devices such as the Kindle face extinction.

Google Street View annoys James Bond-ish guy: If you had to pit the former KGB against Google in a "spy-off", who would win? Hint: Bet on the search giant. Google seems to have "outed" a secret base of the British SAS. I just hate when that happens.

Smart grids: IBM launches a smart-grid-in-a-box and a coalition aims to bring the consumer's voice to developments.

Finally, here's a look at Microsoft's data center concepts...