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Microsoft Store offers Lumia 900 white and black pre-orders

Microsoft Store offers Lumia 900 white and black pre-orders

Microsoft Store employees have begun offering pre-orders of white or black Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones, though pricing and specific availability are still unclear. Both hues - though not, it seems, the cyan model offered by a different Microsoft Store earlier this month - were confirmed to Zatz Not Funny, with a $25 deposit securing a place in the line for the first AT&T LTE Windows Phone.

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Nokia Bought Time, But That Clock Is Ticking

Nokia Bought Time, But That Clock Is Ticking

$1.25 billion in losses would normally be a pretty dire way to end a quarter, but Nokia managed to muster just enough sugar for lemonade with more than a million sales of its first two Windows Phone handsets. After months of "we'll launch by the end of the year" promises, Elop & Co. came through with not one but two smartphones based on Microsoft's OS, turning that duo into a trio at CES 2012 earlier this month. As foundations go it's a solid start, but make no mistake: it only gets tougher from here.

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RIM’s new CEO is a Placeholder not a Prophet

RIM’s new CEO is a Placeholder not a Prophet

After listening to RIM's new CEO Thursten Heins talk this morning, you could almost hear investors kicking themselves for not being specific enough in their demands for refreshed leadership at the BlackBerry company. "We shouldn't have just asked for a new CEO" shareholders are no doubt muttering, "but made clear we wanted one with new ideas too." Heins, for all his hyperbole about the BlackBerry advantage being its "integrated solution" of hardware, software and services, showed his true colors when he argued that "I don't think there is a drastic change needed." Those colors, it seems, are exactly the same shades as Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie preferred during their tenure at the top. So, is this new CEO simply a temporary placeholder or a sign of fresh misery to come?

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Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

A shortage of rival flagships and ambitious promotional work could have seen Nokia sell 1.3m Lumia Windows Phones in 2011, according to analyst averages, though the MeeGo-powered N9 could still have outsold its Microsoft-running siblings. Bloomberg took sales estimates from 22 analysts surveyed around Nokia's Windows Phone launch, with figures ranging from as many as 2m down to just 800,000. However, the estimates are over sales into the retail channel, and don't necessarily mean that many of Nokia's devices have ended up in users' pockets or bags.

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Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Elop: Nokia smartphone sale rumors are tired and baseless

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has denied reports that the Finnish company is set to sell its smartphone division to Microsoft, suggesting the speculation is the work of tech gossips running short on material. "The rumors are baseless, and some people who seem to enjoy generating rumors are running out of fresh material, so it seems to have come up again" Elop told PCMag, referring to - but not naming - critical mobile insider Eldar Murtazin, who has been primarily responsible for fueling the rumor-mill. In fact, Elop insists, "significant synergies" between Nokia's divisions mean a split simply wouldn't make sense.

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Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Nokia and Microsoft's combined marketing budget for the US launch of Nokia Windows Phones is double that of previous suggestions, coming in at around $200m, according to insiders with knowledge of the companies' plans. After reports suggesting a roughly $100m promo fund for the AT&T debut of the Nokia 900 "Ace" earlier, notorious insider Paul Thurrott has stepped up with a figure double that, as well as the suggestion that, for the AT&T launch, Nokia is outspending Microsoft 2-to-1.

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