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Did Google Snub the GSMA for MWC2013?

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
2/27/2013
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BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2013 -- Did Google snub the GSMA here through its very low-key presence at show proper even as it threw a massive party in town on the Tuesday night? Google's fun park-sized Android booths have been the hit of the show at the last few Mobile World Congress events. There was none of that this year -- just a private meeting at the Grand Fira for Google. That doesn't mean Google didn't spend major money in Barcelona this week. The company threw a massive party Tuesday night and flew in Florence and the Machine to play. But the company evidently did not want to spend so large at the show proper this year. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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DanJones,
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3/1/2013 | 2:16:45 PM
re: Did Google Snub the GSMA for MWC2013?
Craig, you would have waited in that line for a good long while. I considered it but then I remembered that I was, in fact, a grown man. :-)
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Craig Matsumoto,
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2/28/2013 | 6:37:05 PM
re: Did Google Snub the GSMA for MWC2013?
I'm told Google had an enormous slide at their booth last year.- People lining up so they could slide down in their business clothes.- Yeah, I'd probably have done it too.

Ericsson had the massive booth this year.- Invitation-only, because they put up a basically infinite supply of food, beverage and coffee. That'll be showing up in slideshows to come soon.

Huawei had big booth that was also invite-only, although I think that was more a privacy thing than a food/economics thing.- (I didn't find the booth til the last day and didn't bother asking for an invite - I should add that anyone could get a guided tour of the Huawei booth if they were willing to wait in line.)
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