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Nokia Lumia sales slip to 8.2 million units in Q4

Sales of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices slipped to 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter, the company said this morning while discussing its quarterly financial results. That was up from 4.4 million units in the same quarter a year ago, but down from 8.8 million in the third quarter — defying the traditional phenomenon of… Read More

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Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — comes when one of the characters, Fairy Bowbelles, tries to download her spells and charms from “the cloud,” without any luck. She never should have updated to Windows 8, she… Read More

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Vote: What was the top tech news story of the year?

OK, geek fans. We’ve compiled our list of the top quotes of 2013, and just yesterday posted the top 50 most popular stories of year. Now, here’s your chance to join the fun. As part of our year-end wrap-up, we’re asking our devoted readers — yes, that’s you — to vote on the top story… Read More

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European Commission gives go-ahead for Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition

Following Monday’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion, the European Commission announced today that after reviewing the deal, it is also giving Microsoft the all clear to make the purchase without conditions. The deal was first announced in early September of this… Read More

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Nokia’s rewards program for Windows Phone developers uses gamification model

Lots of mobile companies offer rewards to developers who make apps on their platforms. But Nokia’s new DVLUP program is a little different, using a gamification model that encourages competition among Windows Phone developers. What’s particularly interesting about DVLUP is that it provides a chance for developers to boost the visibility of their apps within… Read More

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Town of Nokia, Finland ‘renamed’ Microsoft in prank

Ah, those funny Finns. In the wake of Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business, someone has reportedly used stickers to replace “Nokia” with “Microsoft” on road signs referring to the town of Nokia, Finland, according to reports out of the country. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has disappointed… Read More

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Microsoft didn’t consult with ValueAct on big Nokia acquisition

Microsoft’s conference call on its $7.2 billion Nokia Devices & Services acquisition just wrapped up, summarizing the key points of the deal, and the final question was one of the most intriguing: Did Microsoft inform ValueAct Capital about the impending acquisition before entering into the “cooperation agreement” with the activist shareholder last week? “The answer… Read More

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Make no mistake: Nokia is Microsoft’s biggest deal ever

Yes, in raw numbers, Microsoft is paying less for Nokia’s Devices & Services business than it did for Skype — forking over $7.2 billion for the smartphone maker, compared with $8.5 billion for the video communications company. But by almost every other measure, the Nokia deal is the biggest in Microsoft’s history. The company will… Read More