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2:50 PM 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 …
Eric S. Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: Nokia's Suicide Note  —  Stephen Elop has jumped his company off the burning platform, all right.  And, I judge, straight into the fire.  —  No, the choice that seals Nokia's doom isn't the tie-up with Microsoft (though that's problematic enough, and I'll get back to it).
Discussion: The Register
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Nokia fans: you're nuts!  —  If you go over to Nokia's announcement where they announced a sweeping deal with Microsoft and read all the comments you'll see that most of the comments are in total despair mode.  —  It's like a bunch of Google employees are astroturfing the comments there.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
In memoriam: Microsoft's previous strategic mobile partners  —  Microsoft's new “strategic partnership” with Nokia is not its first.  For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom.  Here are the ones I can remember:
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.
Matt Bencke / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
What the Nokia Deal Means for Microsoft Developers
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Former Microsoft Vet Chris Weber To Lead Nokia's USA Business, Louison Is Out
Discussion: PR Newswire, 901am and IntoMobile
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T says thank you to iPhone users with 1000 bonus minutes (updated: for everyone!)  —  AT&T is continuing to say thank you to their iPhone users who are sticking with them.  Last week was a 20% off an accessory coupon and this week is a free extra 1000 rollover minutes.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet  —  By now, you've probably heard the news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, with massive crowds celebrating their new freedom in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  I happened to be watching the coverage …
Discussion: SAI
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Emily Banks / Mashable!:
Egyptian President Steps Down Amidst Groundbreaking Digital Revolution
Discussion: @rafat
John Bussey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Handle Employee Activism: Google Tiptoes Around Cairo's Hero  —  As the world marveled this week at the remarkable story of Wael Ghonim, the Google manager who helped organize a popular rebellion in Egypt, a great sigh of relief could be heard rising from much of the rest of American business:
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Can Google ever be a neutral news provider?
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet to debut at MWC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Tab two just days away  —  Pocket-lint sources have confirmed that Samsung will launch a Honeycomb-packing 10.1-inch tablet on Sunday night at the start of Mobile World Congress.  —  The new device will be thinner and lighter …
Julian Lee / The Age:
War looms as Sony hints that it will abandon iTunes  —  Michael Ephraim ... “We are not as closed as Apple is.”  —  SONY has signalled it may withdraw its artists from Apple's iTunes store and withhold its games from the iPhone in a sign the two companies are on the brink of all-out war.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Sony to Inspect PlayStation Hacker's Hard Drive  —  SAN FRANCISCO — PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz must allow console-maker Sony to comb through his computer's hard drive and retrieve information “that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation,” a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
First legal shots fired at Google's VP8 codec  —  Google wants to make its VP8 video codec a patent-free standard.  The competition just threw down the first big challenge to that strategy.  —  MPEG-LA, the group that manages the licensing of patents for the H.264 codec …
Discussion: MPEG LA, The Register and Digital Trends, Thanks:fosspatents
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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
One Kings Lane Grows 500% In 2010, Takes $23 Million Investment  —  One Kings Lane, cofounded by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus' wife Alison Pincus, has raised its second round of financing.  —  And it's a big one - $23 million in a round led by Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Fortune and eMoney
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 …
Discussion: SAI, Pulse2, Softpedia News and Fast Company
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.
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.
 
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