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Nokia Announces Lumia Icon, Coming Feb. 20 to Verizon

February 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia today announced the Lumia Icon, its new 5-inch Windows Phone flagship. Besides having a name that’s easier to remember than your typical Nokia, the Icon packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, full HD OLED display and Nokia’s 20MP Pureview camera.

Was Microsoft Smart to Play It Safe with CEO Pick?

February 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.

Internet Firms Release Data on NSA Requests

February 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press; Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers.

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Nadella to Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Washington (AP) — Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is also leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

Gov't, Internet Companies Reach Deal on Disclosure

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.

Microsoft 2Q Tops Views; Xbox, Surface Sales Help

January 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier.

Nokia Handset Sales, Network Profits Slide in 4Q

January 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the final quarter before Microsoft is due to take ownership of its device business, Nokia saw the unit’s sales drop 29 percent annually while profits continued to sink into the red. Microsoft is buying Nokia’s handset business for approximately $7.4 billion. The transaction is expected to close near the end of the first quarter.

Report: Microsoft Considers Ericsson's Vestberg for CEO Post

January 16, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news, first reported by Bloomber, comes after speculation that Microsoft had its eye on Ford Motor Company's top executive, Alan Mulally. Mulally has since panned those rumors, eventually removing himself from consideration. Vestberg is an Ericsson veteran who originally served as CFO for the company before accepting the role of CEO in 2010. 

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NSN Chairman Ovesen to Step Down After Microsoft Deal Closes

December 30, 2013 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia today said that the head of its Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) business will step down immediately following Micrsoft's acquistion of the company's devices and services divisions. Jesper Ovesen, currently executive chairman of NSN,  will leave upon the closing of the Microsoft transaction, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. 

Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday. Ballmer said in August he would retire within 12 months.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 4 (10-6)

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! In case you missed them, check out the previous installments.

US Lawmakers Ask Trade Czar to Stem Data Threats

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad.

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

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Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

Justice Department Gives Thumbs Up to Microsoft-Nokia Deal

December 2, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Department of Justice has granted its blessing to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. A Federal Trade Commission filing released today confirmed the DOJ’s approval of Microsoft’s proposed $7.2 billion bid to buy Nokia’s devices and services division as well license Nokia’s patents.

Apple Acquires 3D Sensor Company PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple has acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense. An Apple representative confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. The report values the deal at around $360 million. Apple stayed mum on its plans for PrimeSense, a company it had reportedly been in talks to buy since July.

Microsoft to Take Over Nokia HQ in 2014 After Deal

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says its headquarters near the Finnish capital will be taken over by Microsoft on completion of the sale of its cellphone and services division to the U.S. software company, expected in early 2014. The majority of the 1,900 workers, in the devices and services, unit will remain in the building in Espoo as employees of Microsoft Corp.

Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Deal

November 19, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia shareholders have given the OK to sell the company’s mobile phone business and license its patents to Microsoft. The Financial Times said an overwhelming 99.7 percent of Nokia investors were in favor of the $7.2 billion deal. In September, Nokia shares soared on news of Microsoft’s proposed deal.

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

Nokia Sells 8.8M Lumia Phones as Net Sales Hold Steady

October 29, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia devices during its fiscal third quarter, breaking by 19 percent the record of 7.4 million set in the previous quarter. The Finnish phone gave a lot of the credit for the boost in sales to the low-cost Lumia 520.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 9:25 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance...

Microsoft's Phone Update to Feature Driving Mode

October 14, 2013 9:25 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago.

What If Car Boss Mulally Took over at Microsoft?

October 9, 2013 9:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Back when Microsoft was the biggest name in technology, CEO Bill Gates leveled an attack on the auto industry: If carmakers were as innovative as computer companies, he said, a car would cost just $27. That was 16 years ago. Today, PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices...

Windows Phone Growing Fast in Key European Markets

October 2, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

New numbers from Kantar found Microsoft’s mobile operating system gaining a lot of traction in Great Britain, Germany and France. As of August, Windows Phone controlled 12 percent of the UK market, nearly three times the 4.5 percent it held a year ago. Similarly big annual gains for Windows Phone came in France, up to 10.8 percent from 5.6, and Germany, up to 8.8 percent from 3.8.

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