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May 12, 2011

Skype deal raises risks for videoconferencing firms

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype is likely to boost videoconferencing from workers’ desktops, posing further risks to video technology providers like Polycom and Logitech.

The cheaper end of the $3 billion videoconferencing equipment market is already suffering from inroads that Skype and other video applications are making in the market, historically controlled by stand-alone conferencing devices in offices.

May 11, 2011

Texas Instruments wins Ubiquisys small cell deal

HELSINKI, May 11 (Reuters) – Ubiquisys, a technology
start-up backed by Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), will partner with Texas
Instruments (TXN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to develop a new generation of small
basestations to help meet demand from surging mobile data
consumption.

Ubiquisys is one of the top firms in the new market for
small cells — low-power indoor base station for 3G mobile phone
networks — which offload some of the traffic from operators
networks and to improve indoor coverage at a much lower cost.

May 10, 2011

Taiwanese focus risks Acer’s future -former CEO

HELSINKI, May 10 (Reuters) – Acer Inc’s (2353.TW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) increasing
concentration of its decision-making, product development and
operations in homeland Taiwan could badly hurt the world’s No 2
PC maker, warned long-time executive Gianfranco Lanci, who left
the firm abruptly at the end of March.

Acer said at the time the surprise departure of Lanci, an
Italian and a 14-year veteran of the firm, was due to
differences over the strategy needed to counter the runaway
success of the tablet market, which has cannibalised Acer’s
profits.
   Lanci told Reuters in a telephone interview from Italy that
he left because some members of the board, including chairman JT
Wang, were looking to focus more on operating from Taiwan at a
time when he believed the company had to look abroad to succeed.
    “I did not want to stay there and manage a disaster,” Lanci
said. “If they stay with Taiwan logic, they will drop out of the
top three.”

May 9, 2011

Trimble bids $485 million for Finnish software co Tekla

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Trimble Navigation Ltd (TRMB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to buy Finnish software company Tekla Oyj (TLA1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for 337 million euros ($485 million) to expand its construction and infrastructure operations.

U.S.-based navigation systems provider Trimble said on Monday it was offering 15 euros for each share in Tekla, a 52 percent premium over Tekla’s closing price on Friday.

May 9, 2011

Trimble offers $485 mln for Finnish Tekla

HELSINKI, May 9 (Reuters) – Trimble Navigation Ltd (TRMB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
will offer 337 million euros ($485 million) for Finnish software
firm Tekla (TLA1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as it aims to expand its offering to
construction and infrastructure firms.

Trimble is offering 15 euros for each share in Tekla,
representing a 52 percent premium over Tekla’s closing share
price on Friday of 9.90 euros.

May 5, 2011

First PlayStation phone not hit by data breach

HELSINKI (Reuters) – The first PlayStation phone, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, is not affected by the massive data breach of PlayStation user accounts, the phone maker said on Thursday.

Late in April Sony Corp warned that hackers had stolen names, addresses and possibly credit card details from almost 80 million users of its PlayStation online network, in one of the largest ever Internet security breaches.

May 5, 2011

Huawei, ZTE to shake up video conferencing-Ovum

HELSINKI, May 5 (Reuters) – Video conferencing services
developed by Huawei and ZTE will shake up the market in coming
years in the same way the Chinese vendors changed the telecom
gear sector, research firm Ovum said on Thursday.

Ovum forecast that business spending on video conferencing
would grow annually by 6 percent through 2016 when the global
market would be worth $3.8 billion.

May 3, 2011

Nokia’s chairman to step down next year

HELSINKI, May 3 (Reuters) – Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s
largest phone maker by volume, has started to look for a new
chairman to succeed Jorma Ollila who will step down next year,
Ollila said on Tuesday.

Ollila led Nokia’s transformation from a rubber boots and
TVs conglomerate into a mobile phone giant in the 1990s but the
Finnish technology giant has recently lost out in the smartphone
market to newcomers Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research).
, “It was a tough year, and I expect the year ahead to be a
tough one too,” Ollila told the annual shareholders meeting.

Apr 29, 2011

Smartphone boom lifts phone market in first quarter

HELSINKI, April 29 (Reuters) – Strong demand for smartphones gave a further boost to overall cellphone market volumes in January-March, and making iPhone supplier Apple a rare winner on the market, research firms said on Friday.

IDC saw January-March market growth of 20 percent, helped also by strong gains by smaller vendors as the three largest phone makers — Nokia, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics — lost market share.

Apr 29, 2011

Smartphone boom lifts phone market in Q1

April 29 (Reuters) – * IDC estimates phone market grew
20 pct y/y in Q1

* Strategy Analytics says growth was 17 pct y/y

* Nokia, Samsung, LG lose market share; Apple gains

* Component problems to continue at least 6-9 mths -SA

(Adds details on vendors, more links)

By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent

HELSINKI, April 29 (Reuters) – Strong demand for smartphones
gave a further boost to overall cellphone market volumes in
January-March, and making iPhone supplier Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) a rare
winner on the market, research firms said on Friday.