Nokia MVNO in Japan - NYtimes' struggle - Microsofty to issue bonds?? - Ballmer to appear in court - Verizon employees peep into Obama's cell acct - F

Nokia Looking to Set Up its Own MVNO in Japan 
­Nokia is reportedly considering another move into the network operator's own territory by launching an MVNO of its own in Japan. The company has already been busy pushing its mobile content platform, Ovi - to the ire of some network operators. According to unnamed sources cited by Kyodo News, the company will rely on DoCoMo's network and will focus on the luxury end of the market by offering its Vertu branded phones. Nokia has had difficulties gaining market share in the Japanese market, where the operators retain very tight control over handset design and specifications - although both Softbank and DoCoMo do carry some Nokia phones in their range.

IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains. Part of a field called "cognitive computing", the research will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists and psychologists. 

Page by page, section by section, the influence of the New York Times is fading away. Great people on an important mission, but their footprint is shrinking and the company is losing stock value and cash and power and the ability to have the impact that they might.
The entire mindset of (every) newspaper has been driven by the cost of paper, the finite nature of paper, the cost of delivery and the cycle of a daily paper. You run enough articles to fit as many ads as you can sell.These are artifacts of a different age, one that today's consumer doesn't care a whit about.

Microsoft has lost its bid to keep CEO Steve Ballmer from being deposed in the lawsuit over the company's "Windows Vista Capable" marketing program. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled this afternoon that the plaintiffs had demonstrated that Ballmer has  enough "unique personal knowledge" of the situation to justify quizzing him as part of the discovery process.

Verizon Wireless admitted late Thursday that several of its employees broke company rules by accessing and viewing President-elect Barack Obama's personal cell phone account. The contents of Obama's voicemail messages were not breached by the employees, according to an Obama aide. "All employees who have accessed the account -- whether authorized or not -- have been put on immediate leave, with pay," said Lowell McAdam, the president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. 

Yahoo has sold its Kelkoo comparison shopping site for the European market to U.K. private equity firm Jamplant, TechCrunch reports. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, TechCrunch cited sources with knowledge of the deal as saying that Yahoo received less than $126 million for Kelkoo.  Yahoo acquired the company in April 2004 for $576 million.

Google has released a new feature to its search results. It's called SearchWiki and it lets searchers, while signed into their Google account, customize their own results.

A new beta version of Yahoo's Mobile Front Page (generally known as just has been found hiding just one character away from the beta announced to the public back in January. Whereas the public beta can be found at, RWW dug up the new version by instead navigating to Unfortunately, it seems they weren't supposed to see this just yet; within a half-hour of RWW reaching out to Yahoo! for comment, the page had become password protected - but not before they snagged a couple screenshots.

Microsoft is considering selling bonds for the first time in its history, Bloomberg reports, a curious move considering the software giant's $20 billion cash hoard. An SEC filing noted that the company is now free to issue debt at any time. What does Microsoft need to raise capital for? Silicon Alley Insider reminds us that the software giant sought to at least partially pay for a Yahoo acquisition by issuing debt. Of course, that deal fell apart, leaving no obvious reason as to why the company would continue with the registration process. Is Microsoft preparing another bid for Yahoo? Not if you've been listening to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently. Maybe Microsoft wants to buy or Facebook, or maybe both? SAI thinks the company is most likely preparing a massive stock repurchasing program. At $17.53 per share, or 9 times trailing earnings, Microsoft thinks its stock is undervalued.

A 19-year-old Florida teen's suicide broadcast Wednesday on was a result of an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, the Broward County Medical Examiner & Trauma Services Division said Friday. About 185 people were viewing the feed on the San Francisco-based live-streaming service. The teen had announced his pending suicide on a chat forum, which linked to the broadcast. He left an online suicide note. Viewers were seen egging him on.

Google has come up with a newer version of Google SMS Search at the price of regular SMS. The product has been reincarnated, with a new number and several features. Users  can SMS query to 9-77-33-00000 and get automated answers on cricket scores, Indian Railways, stock quotes, local business search, movie showtimes, currency conversion, flight status, weather, horoscope, taxi service and  ATM.

Forbes is combining its print and web staffs and reorganizing its sales and marketing teams in a move that will better enable the magazine to "weather the current economic storm," says chairman-CEO Steve Forbes. The switch will mean a 43-job reduction, according to BtoB. Online brands, Investopedia and will be combined; will be scaled back and will cease to exist.


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