— HTC Announces Brew Phones: HTC, the Taiwanese handset-maker known for Windows Mobile and Android phones, has jumped into making mid-range phones on the Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) Brew mobile platform. The phones will be under the HTC Smart brand, and will be available this spring across Europe and Asia. The unveiling follows the announcement by AT&T (NYSE: T) that it will use Brew for its mid-range devices. HTC Smart will run the company’s Sense user-interface overlay that is found on Windows Mobile and Android devices today. It will enable personalization and quick access to various social networks as well as texting and email. Release.
— Thumbplay’s Music Subscription Service: New York-based Thumbplay launched a private beta of its music-subscription service called Thumbplay Music. The application will be available by invitation-only on some BlackBerry phones, and is available as an Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Air app on the desktop. The subscription music service provides unlimited, on-demand access to millions of songs from the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony (NYSE: SNE) Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) and EMI Music. There are also other independent labels. The service is expected to be available more widely in the first quarter of 2010. It includes a free, three-day trial, and then regularly costs $9.99 a month. Release.
— NuTsie releases iPhone app: Seattle-based nuTsie has released a cloud-based music platform for the iPhone that allows users to stream unlimited music based on the songs already stored on the device. The “Effin Genius” application costs $1.99 in the iTunes App Store. It creates playlists using a recommendation engine that searches the music you own.
— Boost Mobile expands to CDMA: Boost Mobile, which is Sprint’s pre-paid mobile division, said it is expanding its popular $50