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T-Mobile, celebrities kick up their heels

T-Mobile USA rocked a crowd of beautiful people on the Seattle waterfront last week to celebrate its Sidekick 3 smartphone.

DJ AM, a current or former Nicole Ritchie squeeze, spun everything from Ray Charles to Kanye West and the Beastie Boys. Blink 182's Travis Barker, covered in tattoos, played along energetically on the drum kit.

Other celebs included Sonics guard Ray Allen; former Seahawk and new hall-of-famer Warren Moon; Rod Stewart's daughter, Kimberly Stewart; and Guns N' Roses' bass player, Duff McKagan.

Bell Harbor Convention Center authorities "started quelling the party just before 1 a.m. because of some 'over-zealous' attendees and their alleged antics (some had a little too much to drink I guess)," Peter Dobrow, spokesman for the Bellevue-based company, said in an e-mail the next day.

At Apple's core

It would be great to know exactly what tech icon Steve Jobs is thinking as Apple Computer goes through the SEC gauntlet. The worsening stock-options timing scandal comes just before Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference this week.

While we don't know what's actually going on in the Jobsmeister's mind, a fake, anonymous blog — "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, Aged 51 ½" — is the next best thing. The tagline: "Dude, I invented the friggin iPod, okay? Have you heard of it?"

Tune cruising


About 65 percent of adults who have a music player say they use an adapter so that they can use their device in their car.

Source: Harris Interactive

The writing is more than a little blue but is well informed (the anonymous author is clearly following the company closely) and, at times, hilarious. Reader discretion is advised: secretdiaryofstevejobs.blogspot.com/

More than dabbling

Business 2.0's August issue lists B.C. startup Dabble DB as one of the most innovative Web 2.0 projects happening abroad. Being labeled with a cliché is a mixed blessing, but Dabble seems to be on a roll.

The company is in the Web productivity-collaboration business. Its service lets you create spreadsheets, databases and intranet applications "to manage and share your information on the Web."

Its service became publicly available in June and it reportedly has $2 million in funding. That should keep the folks there in Labatt's until they're bought by Microsoft or Google.

It's in my Outlook

Don't tell Melinda, but Bill Gates is a pretty hot commodity, according to India's national newspaper, The Hindu.

"Most aspiring IT professionals dream to go on a date with Microsoft Chief Bill Gates," it said last week.

Most aspiring tech journalists just dream of sitting next to him on a plane for an hour or two, let alone writing a fantastic story about it. But as Norwegian newspaper editors now know, that would be too good to be true.

Download is gathered by The Seattle Times technology staff: 206-464-2265 or biztech@seattletimes.com.

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