Updated from 2:20 p.m. EDT

Widely held tech stocks stayed mostly in the green Wednesday, with Research In Motion ( RIMM) and the rest of the tech sector stealing the spotlight.

RIM, which on Wednesday launched an application store akin to the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone store, ended Wednesday up 5.8% to $45.62. Apple shares, meanwhile, rose 3.4% to 108.69. Nokia ( NOK) rose 3.8% to $12.11. Motorola ( MOT) rose 2.4% to $4.33. And Palm ( PALM) rose 2.8% to $8.83.

Telco service providers also were on the positive side. Sprint ( S) led the pack, shooting up 11.2% to end the day at $3.97. Verizon ( VZ), which Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) revealed as a client for its packet core technology, was closed up 3.4% to $31.22. AT&T ( T), which unveiled its new netbook lineup, rose 2.9% to $25.92. Deutsche Telekom ( DT) rose 2.5% to $12.66.

Among computer makers, Dell ( DELL) Dell rose 0.4% to $9.52. Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) rose 2.6% to $32.88. And IBM ( IBM) was up 0.7% to $97.61.

Moving on to semiconductors, Texas Instruments ( TXN) fell 1.6% to $16.25. Intel ( INTC) ended the day at $15.03 after a $1472 open. Advanced Micro ( AMD) fell 1% to $3.02.

Meanwhile, Internet firm Google ( GOOG) climbed 1.7% to $354.09. Yahoo! ( YHOO) fell 0.5% to $12.75. Microsoft ( MSFT) rose 5.1% to $19.31.

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