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Tech wrap: Nokia starts work on Windows phone

March 18, 2011

A girl tests out the new Nokia N8 mobile phone at the Nokia Flagship store in Helsinki September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Markku Ulander/LehtikuvaWork has begun on the first Nokia smartphones based on Microsoft software following the partnership announced by the companies last month, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told Reuters.

RIM is battling wireless carriers over control of where key data related to mobile payments will reside in upcoming BlackBerry devices equipped with near field communication (NFC) technology, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Phred Dvorak and Stuart Weinberg.

A letter that had prompted Mark Hurd’s abrupt exit as chief of Hewlett-Packard Co was ordered unsealed by a Delaware judge, potentially revealing more details of his dramatic exit last year.

Rovio, the developer of the “Angry Birds” mobile game, plans a U.S. initial public offering in the next five years, a move that could give investors a chance to tap into the fastest growing segment of the video game industry.

AT&T started cracking down on mobile customers using an app to enable tethering on their jailbroken iPhones, asking them to stop or pay up, writes Engadget’s Donald Mendelson.

The 21st century needs a revitalized consumer advocacy movement driven by social media, writes Purpose.com’s Jeremy Heimans. He suggests scaling platforms like Carrotmob to make activism fun, supporting location-based initiatives such as Good Guide, helping consumers distinguish between authentic and inauthentic corporate realignments through crowdsourced campaigns like parodies of Chevron’s “We Agree” ad campaign and using online organizing techniques to instantly coordinate campaigns that encourage companies to do the right thing.

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