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Droid 2 announced
Verizon has officially announced the launch of their latest Android-based phone, the Droid 2. You can get a Droid 2 tomorrow, when it will be available for pre-sale at Verizon Wireless. Or if you can stand it, wait until Thursday when it is available at Verizon retail stores. The price for the Droid 2 is $199, after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a new 2 year contract.

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The Droid 2 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (as did the original), features a 3.7" display and a 5 megapixel camera. It has 8GB of internal storage and also comes with an 8GB SD card. The mobile device ships with Android 2.2, mobile hotspot (add $20 a month), Flash Player 10.1 and is preinstalled with Swype. [Source: Gizmodo.com]

Dell's Streak
Dell's huge phone/tablet, the Streak will be available for purchase very soon. Dell said the device would be shipped to select customers on Aug. 12, and widely available on Friday.

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The Streak is a tablet with smartphone features, a 5-inch screen and runs on Google's Android 1.6 OS. It also includes a 5 megapixel camera, WiFi and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity capabilities. It comes with 2GD of internal storage and a Micro SD slot for expandable storage of up to 32GB.

The Streak runs $299.99 with two-year contract through AT&T, or $549.99 without a contract. [Source: Engadget.com]

Google updates Gmail
Today Google announced they will update the contact management tool in Gmail. Here's what Google wrote in their blog:

So, by popular request, we're happy to announce that an overhauled version of Gmail Contacts will be rolling out today.

Updates include automatic saving, keyboard shortcuts, an undo button and sorting contacts by last name.

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[Source: Cnet.com]

Google and Verizon
On Monday Verizon and Google revealed their proposal for how net neutrality should be handled. Their proposal is only an outline for draft legislation. Both companies hope a member of Congress or the FCC will adopt it in the form of a bill or rulemaking process.

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There is a lot of debate going on about this topic, with many critics saying this would kill the Internet. For a better explanation of what the proposal really means, I suggest reading these articles listed below:

What the Google-Verizon proposal really says - Cnet.com

Demystifying Google and Verizon’s Proposed Policy for the Open Internet - Mashable.com