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Late News: Sony Windows Phone, Rapidshare Throttles Free Account Download Speeds, Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta

Sony is set to launch a Windows Phone handset with a keyboard, most probably at Mobile World Congress according to a few pictures that have appeared on a Chinese website and show what appears to be a fully working device. According to Phone Arena, the Sony phone - which appears to be a prototype - is the same as the slider model that was leaked last year and which was codenamed Julie (ed : the pictures are from WPDang).

Direct download site RapidShare has restricted the download speeds of its free accounts in order to thwart pirates, ensuring that if you want to download illegally, you'll have to pay for it. There's been a lot of upheaval in the download game since MegaUpload was shut down and its owners charged with fraud and money laundering.

According to reports, following Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. the web search giant is planning to replace Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility. The reports have cited an unnamed source close to Google who stated that the company might appoint an insider for the post. The source further claims that Dennis Woodside will replace Jha to be the new CEO of the smartphone manufacturing company. Woodside is a Google executive resposible for integrating Motorola Mobility into Google Inc.

Along with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft will also be unveiling Visual Studio 11's beta version next Wednesday. Visual Studio 11 along with Team Foundation Server 11 has "hundreds" of latest features and Microsoft is addressing a very small selection before the release of the beta version. Visual Studio 11 will offer holistic solutions and also performance enhancements for various regularly performed tasks.

Windows Server 8 is going to be the most storage oriented OS launched till date, claimed Microsoft executives. The beta of this forthcoming offering from the Redmond based software giant will be made available in the next few weeks. Microsoft brags that the Windows Server 8 will be compatible with both SQL Server and Hyper-V that will run over the SMB (Server Message Block) v2.2 file sharing protocol.