Webwire: Nokia smartphone exec quits; Windows 8 launch date set

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Nokia’s smartphone strategist, vice president of product marketing Ilari Nurmi, has quit the firm a matter of weeks after investors expressed disappointment with the launch of the Lumia 920 device.
 
Microsoft plans to launch its Surface tablet and associated Windows 8 software in the US at midnight on October 25.
 
Apple’s strict guidelines on iPhone 5 production resulted in around 4,000 staff striking at a Foxconn factory in China last week. The walkout came shortly after another Foxconn facility had to close following a riot.
 
The US House Intelligence Committee will today release its report into whether allowing US telcos to purchase gear from Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE poses a national security threat.
 
Thai regulator NBTC is facing a fresh challenge to its 3G auction plan, with an independent telecom specialist filing to block the process on the grounds that its rules do not maximize benefits for consumers.
 
A US judge on Friday heard opening arguments from music giant EMI and startup web firm ReDigi over the latter’s right to trade second hand digital music. The case is tipped to set a precedent regarding digital media ownership.
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Microsoft failed to make it four of four in smartphone patent suits against Motorola Mobility on Friday, when a German judge ruled in favor of the latter in the latest litigation between the pair in the country.
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Apple’s poor mapping service is the only flaw in its new iPhone 5, according to Consumer Reports – the firm that slammed antenna problems in the iPhone 4.

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