September 3, 2013, 10:35 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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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 …
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Wants to Keep Licensing Windows Phone to Others, Post-Nokia Deal  —  While Microsoft will clearly be the largest maker of Windows Phones once its deal to buy Nokia's device business is complete, the company says it still hopes to license the software to others.  —  Asa Mathat /
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Microsoft + Nokia: Now We're All Like Apple  —  Ten years ago, everybody in the tech industry — and I mean everybody — was convinced that the best way to dominate a technology market was to create an operating system and license it to a bunch of other companies.  “The key to success is creating a standard,” said the experts.
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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 …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Loggly, A Splunk Competitor, Raises $10.5M For Cloud-Centric Approach To Log Management  —  Loggly, the cloud-based log management service, has raised $10.5 million from new investors Cisco and Data Collective.  Trinity Ventures, True Ventures and Matrix Partners also participated in the round …
Verizon Doubles Down on U.S. as AT&T Seeks a Hedge in Europe  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)'s decision to buy out its wireless partner for $130 billion is a bet that the U.S. mobile-phone market still has room to expand even as competition intensifies and smartphone demand slows.

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