THE WRAP: Nokia changes direction, Android leaps up the charts

This week Nokia changed direction and switched CEOs, as Android overtook Windows Phone.
 
Beleaguered Nokia tapped a non-Finn, Stephen Elop, for the CEO post as it sought to stop the smartphone market slide.
 
The appointment sparked the resignation of its smartphone chief Anssi Vanjoki, while chairman Jorma Ollila said he would step down in 2012.
 
Android is tearing up the smartphone charts, taking share from all of its rivals in Q2 and overtaking Windows Phone as third-biggest US platform.
 
HTC unveiled its newest phones the Desire HD and Desire Z, and beefed up its mapping service.
 
The European Commission began a probe into Chinese government support for wireless modem manufacturers.
 
In its latest attempt to allay security fears Huawei offered to put itself at arm’s-length from its US operations. ZTE collected a 3G contract from Reliance Communications.
 
Walmart got into the mobile business, Intel joined the app store craze, and Twitter revamped its website.
 
Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann confirmed his home had been raided by police investigating a kickbacks case, but denied his involvement.
 
Italy’s alternative broadband operators quit the country’s Next Generation Broadband committee, claiming it favors Telecom Italia.
 
AT&T said it would launch LTE by mid-2011.
 
China Mobile and Vodafone will work together on an LTE data card Wang Jianzhou said. 
 
Private equity firm Permira partnered with Asia Broadcast Satellite senior management to take a controlling stake in the firm.
 
Dell plans to build a factory and customer service center in Chengdu, south-west China.
 
 
Apple ended its iPhone 4 case giveaway, claiming the problem was smaller than it anticipated, but Consumer Reports still won’t recommend the device to US consumers.
 
HP paid €1.1 billion for security firm ArcRight, and Google acquired Israeli virtual reality firm QuickSee.
 
China’s communist party mouthpiece People’s Daily opened a forum allowing people to post messages directly to leaders.
 
After claims that its policies had supported arrests of Russian dissidents, Microsoft effectively banned its Russian division from taking part in piracy cases involving government opponents.
 
Disapora, the anti-Facebook – a social networking site with strong privacy controls – issued its first code to developers.
 
South African police hunted PigSpotter a tweeting driver who used the microblog to alert others about police speed traps.
 
And Apple denied that Steve Jobs was a ninja. Reports that he had been stopped at Narita airport for carrying shuriken were false, the company said.

 

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