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Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs: "Can we be friends?"

It's quite a love fest in startup world. There was Neelie Kroes recently in Brussels calling them "rebels without a cause" and saying she had decidedly motherly feelings about entr...

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Is there good news about Nokia that we're just not hearing?

Seeking Alpha seems to think so: For example, Nokia has provided guidance to investors that it intends to reduce its OpEx (operating expenditures) over time to an annual run rate of just $3 million euros. Was this widely reported? No. Or how about the fact that Microsoft has agreed to pay Nokia $250 million dollars a quarter for adopting its Win8 phone platform. (Says so right here in Nokia's Q4 2011 quarterly... Read more

Interview with Rovio: "We're quite confident that we can make quantum physics fun"

Gotta love Twitter. We pinged Peter Vesterbacka in our story about the collaboration between CERN and Angry Birds, and half an hour later we saw this tweet: @rafweverbergh I can call you. Dm your number. — Peter Vesterbacka (@pvesterbacka) October 12, 2012 So here's the interview! How exactly do we imagine a collaboration between Angry Birds and CERN?  Peter Vesterbacka (laughs): 'Well, it will bear str... Read more

CERN wants to teach quantum physics to your kids... with Angry Birds (yes, THOSE Angry Birds)

There's a title we never thought we'd write, but guess who partnered up? CERN, them of the fundamental physics research and Rovio, them of the flying birds. In a joint statement issued at the Frankfurt Buchmesse, CERT Director General Rolf Heuer and Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbracka announced a plan to teach your toddlers all (well, a fair chunk of) what they need to know to become CERN researchers one day: “Modern phy... Read more

Nokia introduces portable solar charger in Kenya and Nigeria

Nokia is clearly trying to get  a very firm grip on the emerging markets - not only with the cheaper Asha line of phones, but also with the portable solar charger that they just rolled out in Africa, according to HumanIPO: “There are numerous advantages to this solution, including being able to service consumers outside of regular electricity supply, or those who need a quick charge on the go,” said Nokia West ... Read more

Bill shock: telco's see swinging nineties coming back

A recent analysis by Analisys Mason predicted dire times ahead for the mobile industry in Europe. It said that: "Current and future trends as we see them indicate that there is not enough growth in mobile data to stop the mobile industry in most developed countries from contracting. Coupled with some loss of core voice/messaging revenue to over-the-top players, and some erosion of their position in device distri... Read more