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3:00 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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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
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 …
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  —  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.  Sony plans to open a competitor to iTunes …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Abandoning iTunes Would Be SUICIDE For Sony Music
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.
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
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: GigaOM, The Register and Digital Trends, Thanks:fosspatents
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
 
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