News In Brief: Smart, Nokia, France Telecom, Whirlpool

David Fernando, co-founder of Philippine mobile operator Smart, was reportedly killed by a collapsing wall during tropical storm Ondoy. 

Nokia has confirmed it had acquired London-based travel and social networking firm Dopplr. Financial details were not disclosed.
Another France Telecom employee has taken his life, bringing the suicide toll at the carrier to 24 in the past 18 months. The 51-year-old jumped off a bridge onto a highway, leaving a note that blamed his act on the “atmosphere” at his workplace. Earlier this month, French Labor Minister Xavier Darcos ordered an investigation into France Telecom's health and safety procedures.
Appliance-maker Whirlpool will produce 1 million Smart Energy clothes dryers by the end of 2011 as part of the US Department of Energy's Smart Grid Investment Grant program.



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