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In case you were wondering, it’s official, “Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol,” Fox and FremantleMedia said. According to AT&T, “a few local AT&T employees” were invited to attend local viewing parties in Arkansas, “Caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.” BTW, according to Tim Halle, there is a website dedicated to people who don’t care about this issue.

My favorite quote of the day comes from Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz who said any deal to spin off or combine Yahoo’s search assets will require a partner with “boatloads of money,” and her company is talking “a little bit” with Microsoft Corp about a potential partnership.

AT&T says it will double the speed of its wireless broadband network by 2011. But, the more interesting part of the announcement is that they are planning to build it out using LTE, Long Term Evolution, the same technology that Verizon will use. Don’t get too excited, while the networks will be technically compatible, Verizon and AT&T would have to agree to let devices roam both networks. Dogs & Cats playing together … it could happen.

Never mind the lousy economy: According to iSuppli Corp, flat-panel TVs are still flying off the shelves in the U.S. and Canada. Sales of new flat-panel TVs totaled 7.8 million in the first three months of the year, an increase of 17 percent from the same period in 2008. Can you say Stacation?

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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