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Social networking continues to drive mobile data uptake, but a couple new posts illustrate underscore the importance of supporting a broad range of services. Om cites data from handset maker INQ Mobile that shows impressive uptake by INQ users of Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and Skype, and notes that carriers have consistently failed to find audiences for their own branded services. Meanwhile, Dean Bubley debunks the viability of network-resident address books, questioning whether operators have a place at the center of users’ social networks. Carriers and OEMs, take note.