DETROIT -- That awkward period at the opening of a junior high dance appears to be over for telematics suppliers, as players are getting off their chairs and partnering up. Early January linkups include Microsoft with Accenture to provide a broad range of telematics solutions for seemingly everyone – from auto makers to fast-food marketers – based on Windows CE operating systems. Less than a week later, Hewlett-Packard and Belgium-based Acunia BV ink a deal to provide similar services — ...

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