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    Micron is said to be budding to buy the Japanese Elpida.

    The register says
    "Elpida is a bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer that has fallen on hard times and is weighed down by $5.6bn debt. It has been searching for a white knight with a phased bid process. Toshiba and SK Hynix were potential bidders but have decided not to proceed."
    Full info at El Register

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    Nokia has been busy at CTIA Wireless in the US. It has announced a whole load of new partnerships with app developers to make it's Windows Phone Lumia handsets more desirable.

    New partners include PGA Tour, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Groupon, Paypal, Time, Newsweek and Box. Some of these partnerships will be exclusive to the Lumia brand until September 2012, before becoming universal Windows Phone apps.
    The question is, will it be enough to tempt new phone purchases for Lumia handsets. Most of the public would be shocked to find that apps from the new partners were not already available. It can only be good for Windows Phone in the long run to have some big names finally joining.

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    TomTom's HD Traffic will soon be available for Blackberry users.

    Today, TomTom announced that their real time HD traffic service will soon be available to Blackberry users. It comes at an interesting time when Google recently announced it is rapidly updating its own maps service to provide more live traffic information for Android handsets.In addition, TomTom maps and content will also become available on Blackberry maps and to third party developers who can utilise the information within their own apps.
    It looks like the new RIM board may have a clear road map on how to recover their position.

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    Nokia is looking to augment it's vast investment in maps by adding augmented information.

    Do you have a Nokia Windows Phone? Are you often going to new places? Want to find the nearest Starbucks? Normal maps are no good, as you can't read a map? Nokia has just the app for you!
    Nokia has released City Lens in it's Beta Labs. Basically its yet another Augmented Reality app to help you orientate yourself and find the nearest hairdresser, bar etc.
    As seems compulsory these days, you can also share your location with all your other Windows Phone toting friends...

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    Blackberry maker, Research In Motion, continues it's shake up of top executives by appointing a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

    RIM's Chief Executive, Thorsten Heins, has continued his shake up of the ailing company's board.
    Kristian Tear, former Ericsson and Sony Mobile Vice President has been named as COO. Frank Boulben, former Orange, Vodafone, Vivendi and LightSquared marketing and strategy VP has also joined the Canadian manufacturers.
    RIM look to be using a strategy of employing outsiders with relevant experience to try and turn things around. No burning platforms yet....

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