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10:55 AM ET, February 11, 2011

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Nokia Conversations:
Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft  —  GLOBAL - Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem.
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Microsoft:
Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile Ecosystem  —  Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale.  —  Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership …
Nokia:
Nokia outlines new strategy, introduces new leadership, operational structure  —  London, UK - Nokia today outlined its new strategic direction, including changes in leadership and operational structure to accelerate the company's speed of execution in a dynamic competitive environment.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Confirms Microsoft Partnership, New Leadership Team, Organizational Changes  —  Ahead of its Strategy and Financial Briefing in London, Nokia has shared some details on what it plans to announce at the event.  As expected, the company is aligning its strategy with Microsoft.
Jussi Rosendahl / Reuters:
Nokia to cut thousands of jobs in Finland: union  —  (Reuters) - Nokia is set to cut thousands of jobs in Finland as part of the strategic overhaul which it unveiled on Friday, the chairman of the local labor union said on Friday.  —  “It seems it means thousands of jobs in Finland,” …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia Q&A reveals more MeeGo details and tablet plans — says Android ‘risk of commodification was very high’  —  The Steve show just ended with both Elop and Ballmer hosting a very informative media Q&A following the reveal of Nokia's plan to use Windows Phone 7 as its “primary smartphone platform.”
Aidan Biggins / @aidanbiggins:
Any Nokia software engineers need a job? We're hiring: www.google.com/jobs
Discussion: SlashGear
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia to developers: no Qt for Windows Phone development
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
WATCH: Nokia And Microsoft Announce Their Partnership
Discussion: Engadget and Geek.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia: Symbian and MeeGo not dead yet, still shipping this year (updated)
Discussion: LAPTOP Mag
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
MacBook Air ‘Sandy Bridge’ update expected in June  —  Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, CNET has learned.  —  Initial shipments of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor were snafued on January 31 by a minor glitch …
Bloomberg:
Apple Working on Cheaper, More Versatile IPhone Models  —  Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google Inc.'s Android software, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Could Apple Be Your Next Phone Company?
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:sgbass83
Information Arbitrage:
Froth or famine?  —  Let's be serious - EVERYBODY is wondering if there is another shoe to drop in the Great Internet Gold Rush of 2011. $6 billion for Groupon?  Nah, too low.  Something between $8-$10 billion for Twitter?  Sure, why not?  Eight-figure pre-money valuations for numerous West Coast consumer web start-ups?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   (Founder Stories) Fred Wilson On Frothy Valuations
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Leave, Jobs Keeps a Hand on Apple  —  Three weeks into a medical leave he took “to focus on my health,” Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Plan PlayBook Software to Run Google's Android Apps  —  Research In Motion Ltd., looking to score a hit with its PlayBook tablet computer, is working on software to allow the device to run applications for Google Inc.'s Android, three people familiar with the matter said.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal's Micropayment Solution Opens to the Public  —  Online payment company PayPal has opened up its micropayment solution to “game developers, media publishers, or anyone interested in selling digital content on a global scale.”  The solution was first announced last October when the company …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
eHarmony Hacked  —  Online dating giant eHarmony has begun urging many users to change their passwords, after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity.com to a potential security breach of customer information.  The individual responsible for all the ruckus is an Argentinian hacker …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, Wildfire 2 Full Specs Leaked  —  Even more pre-MWC leaks from Expansys, as the company has now posted full spec sheets on the HTC Desire HD2, Samsung Galaxy S 2, HTC Desire 2, and HTC Wildfire 2.  As suspected, the Galaxy S 2 is said to run …
BBC:
Stop the presses: Facebook CTO says news next in social revolution  —  Facebook CTO Bret Taylor says news and media are set get the social treatment  —  Each week we ask chief technology officers and other high-profile tech decision-makers three questions.
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Tells Advertisers To Dig Deeper: “Promoted Trends” Get a Price Hike  —  Twitter's “promoted trends” ads may be the company's most consistent source of revenue.  Now the company wants to wring more money out of them: It has told buyers to expect a significant price bump for the ads in the next few months.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent
AppleInsider:
Apple doubling orders for ‘hot-selling’ Macbook models, suppliers say  —  Apple's Asian manufacturing partners have seen orders for popular Macbook models as much as double, while shipments of notebooks to other brand-name vendors have failed to meet expectations, a new report claims.
Discussion: DigiTimes
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Common charger ready, but Apple stays mum on adapter  —  A sample of the new common mobile phone charger for Europe has been ceremonially handed over to European industry commissioner Antonio Tajani, ahead of a continent-wide roll-out this year.  —  The charger was given to Tajani by Bridget Cosgrave …
Nishit Shah / The Official Google Blog:
Advanced sign-in security for your Google account  —  Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family?  There are plenty of examples (like the classic “Mugged in London” scam) that demonstrate why it's important …
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's woes: It's a Windows-eat-Windows world  —  Pardon the wordplay on “dog-eat-dog world,” but as you'll see it applies perfectly to what is going on with Windows in the desktop OS space.  —  Because there are several interesting things going on.  Some quite expected, others not so much.
Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Pure Digital CEO Leaving Cisco; Was Flip Deal a Flop?  —  Updated.  Pure Digital CEO Jonathan Kaplan will be leaving Cisco on Friday, less than two years after Cisco bought the maker of the Flip video camera franchise for a cool $590 million.  According to the company, as part of the reshuffling …
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony to Inspect PlayStation Hacker's Hard Drive
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Hackers Build Android Encryption Apps For Egypt
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Austin American-Statesman:
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Reuters:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
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The Funny Coincidence between Bing's Rise And Conduit's Declining Traffic
PreCentral.net:
HP puts Verizon Pre 2 on pre-order …
Discussion: Gadgetell
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Earned ~$250 Million In Q4, Profits Growing At An Astounding Rate
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Chris Wolf / Gartner:
Windows 7 Update Breaks VMware View Client: An Important Lesson In BYOD
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
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