Nokia to Google, Apple: bring it on
When you think about it, Nokia’s deal to bring the entire Symbian mobile phone software platform in house is a kind of juicy counterpunch to recent advances into the media phone world by Apple (iPhone) and Google (Android).
Nokia apparently does not intend to take these threats to its mobile phone dominance sitting down. It said it would pay$410 million for the remaining shares in UK-based Symbian, whose software is used in two-thirds of smartphones — handsets with computer-like capabilities — and 6 percent of all cellphones.
Owning Symbian will give Nokia more leverage in the development of the software, so that it can make nimble changes, you know, in case Apple decides to add a movie recorder, wine cork remover or George Foreman Grill to the iPhone.
Keep an eye on:
* With Microsoft actively advertising to poach Yahoo! talent, Yahoo! is now running ads to try and fill hundreds of openings. (New York Post)
* J.C. Penney Co. officials are upset about a racy, fake advertisement on YouTube in which the retailer appears to be endorsing teen sex, and they are blaming the company’s ad agency, Saatchi & Saatchi. (Wall Street Journal)
* Leonard Downie Jr. said yesterday he is stepping down as The Washington Post‘s executive editor, ending a 17-year tenure in which the paper became a major online force and won a slew of prizes for high-profile investigations. (Washington Post)
(Reuters photo of Nokia N96 model)