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Sprint is happy to report that the Palm Pre sold more units in its first weekend than any other device the company has launched. Sources say that the between 50,000 and 100,000 Pre’s were sold last weekend. Accordingly, almost 80% of people who purchased the Pre were already Sprint customer. In addition, the WSJ is reporting that Verizon will begin selling the smart phone in January. So much for exclusivity.

AT&T is pressuring the FCC to complete a 100%, nationwide broadband initiative by 2014. The tele-communications giant noted that the free Internet should be “universal, open, private and safe”, and is urging the committee to think outside of the box, in terms of how it will roll out the network. AT&T also thinks the FCC should reach out to investment firms and venture capitalists, in order to better understand the fundamentals of the net-based future economy.

David Letterman is reportedly in talks to extend his contract with CBS through 2012. The Late Show hosts current deal expires at the end of the 2009-10 season. Letterman is currently competing against new Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien and ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

A week into the market, Bing is already having a positive influence on Microsoft’s search market. The new search engine, which has been heavily promoted on television, with analytics site StatCounter noting that Bing beat out Yahoo for the #2 search engine late last week. While Bing has done a good job of generating buzz, it still has along way to go in terms of chipping away at Google’s market share.

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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