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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have forged a rare partnership and are joining forces to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping business, insiders suggest, hoping to cut reliance on Google. Rumors that HERE - which includes 3D mapping of road data, along with high-resolution scanning suitable for the next generation of self-driving cars - was up for sale broke in April, with potential suitors tipped to include both Amazon and Alibaba. Now, there are some big names in automotive said to be weighing in with a bid.

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Facebook and Nokia tie up in Here maps deal

Facebook and Nokia tie up in Here maps deal

Facebook and Nokia have tied up in a new deal that has quietly slipped onto the market. Facebook will be using Nokia Here maps on the mobile version of the website and is testing Here maps to power location sensitive apps like Instagram and Messenger. The deal between Nokia and Facebook comes on the heels of word circulating that Nokia is wanting to sell its Here division.

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Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft may have acquired more than Nokia's mobile business. It has also inherited the Finnish company's legal headaches and now it will be facing the music. A judge for the US International Trade Commission has deemed that Microsoft's smartphones indeed infringe on two patents held by patent licensing outfit InterDigital. This lawsuit was first filed against Nokia almost four years ago and it is Microsoft who will now be paying the price. Worst case scenario, the ITC could ban imports of infringing Windows Phones into the US.

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Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

In a somewhat unexpected move, Nokia has released a new statement making it as clear as day that the company has no plans to return to making and selling consumer cell phones. This is clearly in response to the rumors that keeping popping up every so often, with the latest being just last week, that they are going to attempt a return to the phone business sometime next year. This closest Nokia gets to the mobile industry right now is through licensing of their large portfolio of patents, as well as licensing their own name for the N1 tablet sold in Asia.

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Nokia tipped to be wooing Alibaba, Amazon with HERE Maps

Nokia tipped to be wooing Alibaba, Amazon with HERE Maps

Nokia seems to be back in the news, but not entirely in a good way. Just last week revealed that it had indeed agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent to just focus on the mobile network industry. The move does call into question what the company's real focus and long-term goals are. It also indirectly reaffirms rumors Nokia trying to sell its HERE mapping business to other companies in an attempt shed off excess baggage and probably get some money for that as well. And according to anonymous sources, those companies include giant online retailers Alibaba and Amazon.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent: here’s what that means

Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent: here’s what that means

This morning Nokia announced that they'd reached an agreement to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion Euro worth of stock. Nokia will still be known as Nokia, and the company will continue to do what it had been doing even after the acquisition is complete. Nokia will continue to work with technology development and licensing, telecommunications infrastructures, and online mapping. On the other side of the equation, Alcatel-Lucent had, since 2013 when it became very apparent that their profits were slipping, been working on what they called "The Shift Plan."

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Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

It seems that Nokia is one company that can't stay put. Just after being divested of its smartphone, but not tablet, business by Microsoft, the company is on the move again to redefine itself and focus its resources. Once a mobile device company, Nokia now wants to move forward as a network technology company. And to push through its plans, it will be acquiring French rival Alcatel-Lucent. The combined power of the two companies is envisioned, at least by Nokia, to boost R&D on future technologies like 5G, cloud computing, and, of course, the Internet of Things.

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