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O2 exposes customer phone numbers before plugging security hole [UPDATE]

UK citizens who use O2's wireless network got a nasty shock this morning, when reports around the web claimed that their phone numbers were being exposed to any website they visited from their mobile phones. While not a malicious attack, a setting in O2's network was broadcasting its customers phone number in addition to standard browser data like user agents, device type and screen size. This morning Android phones and other O2 devices stopped broadcasting mobile phone numbers, indicating that the security hole has been patched. O2 still hasn't spoken publicly on the issue.

Motorola MOTOLUXE, DEFY MINI and white RAZR pre-orders start at Clove

IF you love Motorola phones with NAMES IN CAPITAL LETTERS and also happen to live in the UK, you'll want to pull out your wallet and browse on over to online retailer Clove. They've recently put the MOTOLUXE, DEFY MINI and the white version of the RAZR (that's the DROID RAZR to yankees) up for pre-order. The white RAZR will arrive sometime in February, with the newer phones dropping in early March at the latest.

LG PRADA 3.0 coming to the UK in February

Clove is on a roll this week! After announcing that it would start carrying the white Galaxy Nexus and an expanded 32GB model starting in February, the slinky new PRADA phone by LG 3.0 has been confirmed for the UK retailer. The Android-powered fashion phone will go on sale in early February at a price of £429.99, including Value Added Tax. That's about $533/$666 in United States dollars, before and after taxes. The PRADA phone will be unlocked and usable on all United Kingdom wireless carriers.

White Galaxy Nexus press photos appear

Just in time to make your holidays... no, wait, that doesn't work any more. In any case, the white version of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus that ws announced at UK retailers yesterday now has some pretty pictures to go with it. The new hue will be available for sale in early February at Clove and other phone sellers in its standard unlocked configuration, at the same ~499 GBP total price that the original is currently sold at. There are no current plans for carrier-subsidized versions, though that's certainly possible in the future.

White Galaxy Nexus and 32GB model coming to the UK soon

Brits got the first crack at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus almost a month before Google's home territory, but they've been lacking a couple of options thus far. Samsung's trend of releasing staggered white versions of its major phones will continue with the Galaxy Nexus, according to listings at Expansys and Handtec. The frost white model should become available "in the next two weeks" according to the former, and on February 6th for the latter. In addition, both are taking pre-orders for a 32GB version of the grey model, due sometime in the next month.

Archos unveils the 70b Internet Tablet packing Honeycomb for a dirt cheap £180 [UPDATE]

Tablets are expensive. Americans know this all too well, as many of them are still saddled with mostly unnecessary carrier contracts - see the recent DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2. That's what makes devices like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet so popular. But it could be worse, yankees: over the pond in the UK, most tablets cost at least as much in pounds. Throw in a nasty conversion rate and Value Added Tax, and the £400 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus becomes a whopping $750 equivalent. Archos, ever ready to strike at the budget-conscious segment, is preparing its latest 7-inch tablet at a price well below the UK median. The Archos 70b Internet Tablet will sell for just £179.99, about which works out to about $340 after taxes. Considering that tablets are primarily media consumption devices (which is a polite way of saying "toys"), a lower price is always preferable. For that price, you get a WiFi Honeycomb 3.2 tablet with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen, a 1.2Ghz processor and access to the Android Market and Google's other proprietary apps. 512Mb of RAM means that it should perform much better than the older Archos 70, though that's still a little pokey for Honeycomb. Storage space isn't mentioned, so it will probably be available in multiple capacities. Archos' press release did not mention an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, but industrious modders will probably have a version ready soon enough. The 70b Internet Tablet is not to be confused with the previous Archos 70b eReader. [timeline] There's no news on the tablet making its way stateside just yet. Archos has a history of delays in getting its low-priced hardware out of Europe, but it usually does get here eventually. At this price for the UK version, you can probably expect a $200-250 price. That's hard to beat as far as Honeycomb tablets go, and might be worth considering if you're a fan of Archos' rich media format support and generally minimal changes to Android. As an upgrade to the popular Archos 70 Froyo tablet, the 70b Internet Tablet looks promising. UPDATE: It looks like the Archos 70b is scheduled for a US release next month at $199.99. The company's US branch just sent out its own press release. Who called it?

Galaxy Nexus arrives in Germany and on Vodafone UK, Verizon twiddles its thumbs

Good news, folks: there's one more place you can get the Galaxy Nexus that isn't America. Engadget reports that retailers across Germany have jumped the gun and started selling the Galaxy Nexus early. Availability is still a little shaky - it looks like some outlets are offering the unlocked GSM version and some aren't, though Media Mart is reportedly a reliable place to find it.

NFC in the UK: Acer launches Liquid Express on T-Mobile & Orange

While Acer's Liquid line of Android smartphones hasn't exactly set the world on fire, the company is proceeding with its rollout with the latest model in the United Kingdom. The Acer Liquid Express (sounds like drain cleaner, doesn't it?) is launching now at T-Mobile and Orange locations across the country, distinguishing itself as one of the only low-end smartphones to offer near-field communication (NFC) technology for quick wireless retail payments.

Samsung lets artists illustrate tweets with the Galaxy Note

We've seen just how impressive the Samsung Galaxy Note's Wacom digitizer is when paired with its built-in stylus, but Samsung is out to prove it. To that end, they've set renowned artists to the task of illustrating individual tweets using nothing but the super-sized superphone. Twitter users submitted tweets to @samsungmobile with the hash tag #createmytweet to enter their tweets for consideration in the Create My Tweet advertising campaign.

As Galaxy Nexus launches in UK, Verizon version appears in Google video

Well, the day has finally arrived, for UK citizens, at least. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is available for purchase unlocked and sin contract in the British Isles, all you need is a spare £549.99. There's still no word out of Verizon, supposedly the exclusive US launch partner for the Galaxy Nexus, but if you're desperate for a little more confirmation, mozy on over to the official Google Nexus YouTube channel. Demonstration videos for the new Ice Cream Sandwich features are all done with a Verizon-branded LTE version of the Nexus. At least Google can get their hands on one, right?