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Nokia sees Microsoft deal closing this week – Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia said on Monday it expects the sale of its handset business to Microsoft to be finalized on April 25, as it had received all the required regulatory approvals. The closure of the 5.4 billion euro ($7.5 billion) deal, which was agreed in September, had been delayed due to pending approvals, but earlier this month the companies won a crucial nod from Chinese regulators. ($1 = 0.7228 Euros) (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by David Holmes) Nokia sees Microsoft deal closing this week – Reutershttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNH6gNkA_eBkvxopp-6_SJyXtBZW3g&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=LnBWU9D2Mei1mQKH0AE&url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/21/us-nokia-microsoft-completion-idUSBREA3K0OZ20140421

Nokia says its sale to Microsoft will close on April 25th – The Verge

Nokia expects Microsoft to finally take control of its devices division on April 25th, the company announced today. The $7.2 billion deal — first announced in September of last year — will see Nokia sell “substantially all of its Devices and Services business to Microsoft.” Nokia’s latest update says that “certain customary closing conditions” are all that stands in the way of the acquisition being finalized. That suggests antitrust authorities in Asia have signed off on the deal after holding things up last month, forcing Microsoft and Nokia to push back their estimated closing date. “This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones,” Microsoft said in a statement. Several changes have been made since the acquisition was Read More

For The First Time, Android Passes Apple’s iOS Mobile Ad Traffic – Report – Forbes

For years, the rise of Android seemed to put almost no dent in the massive proportion of mobile traffic generated by Apple’s Apple’s iPhones. Various theories held that despite their rapid sales, early Android phones weren’t as easy to use as iPhones, didn’t have the latest and greatest apps, or simply were bought and used by people who cared more about making phone calls and texting than using a lot of apps or roaming the mobile Web. As a result, advertisers preferred to direct ads to iPhone users. Now, for the first time, Google’s Google’s Android has passed Apple’s iOS in mobile ad traffic, according to a quarterly mobile advertising report released today by mobile ad network Opera Mediaworks. The Read More

Truecaller Extends Live Caller ID To Its iOS App To Fight Spam And Scam Calls – TechCrunch

Truecaller, the crowdsourced, reverse-lookup phone directory app, is expanding its service, and breaking some ground in the process. Today the company is adding its Live Caller ID feature to its iOS app — which will let iPhone users identify spammy numbers, as well as callers that are engaged in one-ring scams. Although TrueCaller, which is backed by Sequoia among others, says that it has been offering this feature on Android for some time, it is a first for iOS, since Apple normally doesn’t open its platform in a way that would let apps access calling information. “The reason we haven’t had this on iPhone before is because you haven’t been able to intercept the call on iOS,” explains CEO and Read More

Facebook Earnings Preview: Growth May Fall – Forbes

Facebook will report its Q1 2014 earnings on April 23. Given that the stock has corrected itself in the recent months, investors might not be expecting a big positive surprise. We believe that Facebook will need to demonstrate sustained growth in its ad revenues if it has to meet market’s expectations, and that may not be easy. A seasonal slowdown, coupled with a tougher year-over-year comparison, could well result in slower growth and a sequential sales decline. The broader trends are unlikely to change. The company will continue to profit from increased consumption of Internet media, a growing user base and an increasing number of ad impressions. A lot of businesses have found Facebook’s platform useful in terms of marketing Read More

Aol Mail Hacked With Spoofed Accounts Sending Spam – TechCrunch

It’s not just you. Aol Mail was hacked affecting an untold amount of accounts that were seemingly spoofed. The Twitter hashtag #aolhacked is filled with first-hand accounts of spam being sent from either the hacked email account or an email account spoofed to look like the original. We’ve reached out to Aol for further clarification. The company said in a statement earlier today that they were working on resolving the issue. The Aol Twitter account @aolmailhelp is scrambling to respond to requests for help and directing people to this help page for more info. Sources close to the company believe the impact was less than 1 percent of all users and that they expect the issue to be quickly remedied. Read More

This IKEA Hack Will Change The Way You Decorate Your Living Room (PHOTOS) – Huffington Post

We’ve all been there — standing in front of that piece of furniture you’ve been hunting for forever, only to find out your glorious find is way out of our price range. [Insert heart sinking sound here.] Blogger Krys Melo found herself wallowing in furniture disappointment before she decided to put her penchant for reimagining furniture pieces to work. “I wanted a cocktail ottoman to use as a table and footrest, in some great color, probably tufted, with a little gold to tie in with the rest of the room. Couldn’t find it,” she wrote on her blog… until she discovered this IKEA VITTSJÖ table. The rest goes down in DIY-done-right history. Check out her full how-to on her blog, Read More

Google Glass eyes move beyond Android lock-in: Will iPhone features … – ZDNet

(Image: CBS Interactive) Google Glass now comes with new Apple iPhone functionality in an effort to make the wearable more open outside the Android ecosystem. Read this Google Glass: The most personal piece of tech you may never own Read more Later this week, just days after the eye-glass device landed with the latest version of Android KitKat, new features will allow iPhone users to display calendar events and text messages in their eye-level display.  A new update to XE16 (Explorer Edition, version 16), due to land by Friday, won’t allow iPhone users to respond to text messages due to “some limitations with iOS,” according to Google. But Android users don’t have to worry about Read More

Apple has a green dig at Samsung in new ad – CNET

Solar power burn! Apple takes a dig at Samsung in new print ads Rich Trenholm / CNET They just can’t help themselves, can they? Apple’s new environmental ads highlighting renewable energy include a dig at Samsung: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” Ouch — solar power burn! To coincide with Earth Day today, Apple has launched a green-themed marketing campaign, also expanding its recycling programme to cover any Apple product or device. But it’s also used the environmentally friendly adverts to take another less-than-friendly pop at Samsung, with which Apple is locked in a bitter legal battle over alleged imitation. “There’s one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us,” reads the body of Apple’s Read More