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September 3, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Microsoft to acquire Nokia's devices & services business, license Nokia's patents and mapping services  —  Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Explains the Rationale Behind the Nokia Deal  —  Microsoft is spending $7.17 billion to acquire Nokia's devices and services business and license the company's mapping services, a move that CEO Steve Ballmer characterizes as “a bold step into the future.”
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Steve Ballmer on Microsoft's future, and whether Stephen Elop is the next CEO  —  A Q&A with the Microsoft CEO on the eve of his $7.2b purchase of Nokia  —  In a surprising move early Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring Nokia's devices and services division …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft buys Nokia's devices unit in a $7.2 billion bid for its mobile future  —  That's one way to become “a devices and services company”  —  One of the most enticing “what-ifs” of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's Devices and Services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Who's buying whom?  —  When a prosperous company buys a struggling company you have to wonder what they're really buying.  —  Here's how to think about it.  A company is defined as the sum of three values: resources, processes and priorities (RPP).  Everything of value can be classified into these three categories.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
A Trojan Horse Once Again?  Stephen Elop, Now EVP Of Devices At Microsoft, Confirmed As An ‘Internal’ Candidate For CEO Slot, As He Lays Out Plans In His Own Words  —  Microsoft's landmark decision to buy Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion will put Stephen Elop back into business working …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Let's get real: Nobody will license Windows Phone or Windows RT now  —  At a high level, it may sound like Microsoft's $7.17 billion deal to buy Nokia's Devices and Services business is similar to Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola in 2011.  As such, Microsoft will still be licensing …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Amazon Pairs Print and Digital Books With New Program  —  For most readers, print and electronic books are an either-or proposition.  There just isn't a compelling reason to buy both editions of one book, at least not at full price.  —  Amazon is about to test how much appetite …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Eventbrite acquires Lanyrd and Eventioz to speed up its global expansion and aid event discovery  —  Ticketing platform Eventbrite has reached a major milestone in its accelerated growth: it has acquired two companies that it hopes will help drive its international expansion and aid consumers in discovering relevant events.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Balky carriers and slow OEMs step aside: Google is defragging Android  —  Android 4.3 was released to Nexus devices a little over a month ago, but, as is usual with Android updates, it's taking much longer to roll out the general public.  Right now, a little over six percent of Android users have the latest version.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Spotify launches ‘Connect,’ lets you stream music to compatible speakers  —  Spotify is freeing your music from the device you use to listen to it.  With a feature called “Spotify Connect,” your current listening sessions will be synced to the cloud, and you'll be able to use any of your devices …

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