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WSJ reports on commercials invading U.K. cellphones, SF Chronicle braves the L.A. smog for EV-DO, San Jose Mercury puts the Roboraptor On the endangered species list

San Jose Mercury writer sees extinction for WowWee's new Roboraptor, predicting prehistoric/futuristic toy will be collecting dust in your closet a few months after buying it. Langberg seems to go out of his way to tell you that the "on" switch is located where the dung hole on a real T-Rex would be. Thanks! Extinction a likely fate for Roboraptor [San Jose Mercury News]... WSJ reports on two British companies experimenting with downloading commericals into your cellphone via Bluetooth. (More after the jump)


Yes, it's as intrusive and annoying as it sounds. So far, it's not your problem as long as you avoid Heathrow Airport and a handful of U.K. train stations. Commercials by Cellphone [Wall St. Journal]... SF Chronicle writer Ryan Kim can't wait for wireless broadband to hit the Bay Area, so heads south into the smog of LA to get a whiff of Verizon's EV-DO service. In his tests, connection speeds topped out at 1.7 mbps in certain parts of the city (you're golden if you're noshing in South Central's Roscoe's Chicken 'n' Waffles) but crawled in the outermost fringes of Verizon's EV-DO network, such as the Santa Monica area. On the road with wireless broadband [San Francisco Chronicle]... NASA engineers are developing a fleet of U.A.V.'s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that will help combat out-of-control wildfires. Sounds cool at first (visions of these things spewing out some high-tech flame retardant goo from above spring to mind), but all these small aircraft do is provide video recon for firefighters below. Costing several million bucks a piece, U.A.V.'s don't seem to be worth the cost, considering all they do is tell firefighers "Yo, dude-serious fire down there."NASA research team envisions flock of robot aircraft monitoring wildfires[Sign On San Diego]