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12:15 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 …
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.
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.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Former Microsoft Vet Chris Weber To Lead Nokia's USA Business, Louison Is Out  —  Following Nokia's strategy shift announcement, the Finnish mobile phone giant has just announced that it has appointed former Microsoft executive Chris Weber as President of Nokia Inc. (United States), and head of Markets, North America.
Discussion: PR Newswire and IntoMobile
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Intel: “We're Not Blinking on MeeGo”
Discussion: GigaOM, Electronista and i'm special, Thanks:mspoonauer
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia to developers: no Qt for Windows Phone development
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Nokia fans: you're nuts!
Discussion: SAI and Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:kevinctofel
Horace Dediu / asymco:
In memoriam: Microsoft's previous strategic mobile partners
Discussion: GigaOM and MacDailyNews
Eric S. Raymond / Armed and Dangerous:
The Smartphone Wars: Nokia's Suicide Note
Discussion: The Register
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
WATCH: Nokia And Microsoft Announce Their Partnership
Discussion: Money Game, Engadget and Geek.com
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 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.
Discussion: Eurogamer, SlashGear and VG247
 
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