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iPhone Launch Event Preview: 5 Things to Watch

The entire tech world is anxiously awaiting Tuesday's iPhone launch event. The hope: that the iEmpire's holiday lineup impresses enough to reverse a 7% stock slide that began two weeks ago. We'll have to wait until 10 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday to find out exactly what the Mac maker has up its sleeve. In the meantime, here are five things to watch for as the event unfolds.

Panasonic to Sell Smartphones Starting 2011

Panasonic Corp. (PC) will begin selling its own smartphone in Japan in 2011 and overseas in 2012. The new phone will use the Google (GOOG) Android operating system, Reuters reported.

Dell to Ditch BlackBerry, Give Employees a Dell Smartphone

Dell (DELL) will ditch the BlackBerry and give employees a Dell smartphone. The change will affect about 25,000 Dell employees who currently use a company issued BlackBerry, Reuters reported. Dell employs about 100,000 people in total.

T-Mobile USA Says High-Speed Technology Faces Obstacles

T-Mobile USA warned that plans to introduce new high-speed mobile technology could go badly wrong for consumers and companies. Verizon Wireless (VZ) is currently working on a high-speed service for the end of this year, Reuters reported. The service will be based on an emerging technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE). AT&T (T) plans to introduce an LTE service in 2011.

Gemalto Sues Google Over Android OS

Gemalto NV, a Dutch maker of security software, sued Google (GOOG), saying that the Android smartphone operating system used its software without permission. The complaint accuses Google of improperly including Gemalto%u2019s Java Card technology in the Android development platform, Bloomberg News said.

LG to Delay Launch of Tablet Device

LG Electronics Inc (LGLD) may delay the introduction of its tablet computer device as it focuses on producing a competitive smartphone. The South Korean company may introduce its tablet device at a trade show in Las Vegas in January, Bloomberg News said without naming its sources. The company previously said it would introduce the tablet this year.

RIM's Strong Earnings Ease Worries Over Apple, Google

Research In Motion reported better than expected earnings Thursday, blunting fears that the Blackberry-maker is losing ground to smartphone rivals Apple and Google. But investors pushed shares down 3% in after-hours trading on secondary results that came up short of Wall Street's hopes.