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Microsoft, Verizon Plot iPhone Killer

First the iPod, then the iPhone, and then the icing on the cake: Popular commercials establishing PCs as the computer for losers. Now comes news of Microsoft’s latest effort to become relevant: a touch-screen phone created in collaboration with Verizon. The phone, code-named “Pink,” would run on the Windows Mobile operating system and feature Microsoft’s version of iTunes, Windows Marketplace. Both Microsoft and Verizon have a vested interest in the success of the phone, as their two main competitors, respectively, are Apple and AT&T. Word of the collaboration comes as The New York Times reports Verizon is in talks to sell the iPhone, which is now exclusive to AT&T.