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Apr 7, 2011

Smartphones surging, Nokia to tumble: analysts

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Growing demand for phones running on Google’s Android platform will help the smartphone market grow in 2011, boosting companies like HTC and Samsung Electronics who are betting on the platform.

Android’s popularity has helped the Asian manufacturers to rise fast in smartphone rankings, and HTC overtook Nokia in market capitalization for the first time on Thursday.

Apr 5, 2011

Targeted cyber attacks to rise further: Symantec

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Targeted cyber attacks will pose a growing threat to companies around the world this year after the Stuxnet worm hit Iran’s nuclear program in 2010, security software maker Symantec Corp said on Tuesday.

“Last year was the year of high-profile targeted attacks. We will see so many more,” said Sian John, security strategist at Symantec.

Apr 4, 2011

MTS rolls out first phone using Russian positioning technology

HELSINKI (Reuters) – The first smartphone using Russian positioning technology GLONASS went on sale on Monday, operator MTS said, marking a milestone in a project creating rival to the U.S.-led Global Positioning System (GPS).

The MTS Glonass 945 smartphone is manufactured by China’s ZTE Corp, uses Google Inc’s Android software and also supports the rival GPS technology.

Apr 4, 2011

MTS rolls out first phone using Russian satnav

HELSINKI, April 4 (Reuters) – The first smartphone using
Russian positioning technology GLONASS went on sale on Monday,
operator MTS (MBT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said, marking a milestone in a project
creating rival to the U.S.-led Global Positioning System (GPS).

The MTS Glonass 945 smartphone is manufactured by China’s
ZTE Corp (000063.SZ: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), uses Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Android
software and also supports the rival GPS technology.

Mar 29, 2011

Tech firms fret over length of Japan disruption

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Worries over component supply continued to weigh on the technology sector on Tuesday, in the wake of Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami which have disrupted production and deliveries of key parts.

Finland-based Elcoteq, which assembles cellphones and set-top boxes for many global brands, warned it faced volume and profitability risks in the short and medium term due to the disaster in Japan.

Mar 29, 2011

Nokia files new case against Apple with ITC

HELSINKI, March 29 (Reuters) – Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday
filed another complaint with the U.S. trade panel (ITC) alleging
that rival Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) infringes its patents in iPhones,
iPads and other products.

Last Friday Apple won a round in its patent fight with Nokia
as the United States International Trade Commission judge ruled
that the U.S. company did not violate any of five Nokia patents.

Mar 23, 2011

Nokia stalls painful job cut talks to end of April

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia won’t begin difficult talks with staff on deep job cuts it plans following a tie-up with Microsoft until the end of April.

Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker by volume, last month dumped its own software platform in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, a move which has hit its shares and is expected to lead to a sharp reduction in its workforce.

Mar 23, 2011

Nokia to start talks on job cuts at end of April

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will start talks with staff at the end of April on substantial job cuts that follow its tie-up with Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the company said on Wednesday.

Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker by volume, last month announced a strategy overhaul, dumping its own software platform and saying it would use Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which has hit its shares.

Mar 18, 2011

More pain ahead for Nokia shareholders

HELSINKI, March 18 (Reuters) – It still says Nokia on the
box, but investors might find the similarities end there.

The Finnish firm’s recent decision to dump its own
market-leading software platform in favour of Microsoft’s
unproven Windows Phone has already wiped 29 percent off its
share price.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan supply squeeze worries spread to telco gear

STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Top mobile telecom equipment makers joined automakers in warning of a damaging supply squeeze as the impact of Japan’s devastating earthquake spreads, adding to fears in a sector hampered by shortages.

Japan, home to around a fifth of the world’s semiconductor production, has seen factories making everything from chips to car parts closed following Friday’s earthquake, threatening supplies to manufacturers across the globe.