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Submission + - Finnish startup subsidiary to re-launch Nokia phones with Android

Kiuas writes: The Finnish Broacasting Company YLE reports that Micrsoft has sold the rights to use the Nokia brand on phones to a Finnish startup firm HDM as well as to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn. From the article:

The new firm will be headed by former Nokia executive Arto Nummela. Since Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft about two years ago, he's been overseeing their mobile business in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. "We will be completely focused on creating a unified range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, which we know will resonate with consumers," says Nummela. "Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centred on the unique asset of the Nokia brand, and our extensive experience in sales and marketing," he adds.

The rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets is exclusive for ten years. At the same time, the rights to use the Nokia brand on entry-level feature phones were sold to both HDM and FIH Mobile, a Taiwanese subsidiary of Foxconn at a price of 350 million dollars, including the transfer of 4500 employees.

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Submission + - Microsoft shares our pain

Kiuas writes: Many windows users dislike the error report windows that keep popping up when an application crashes. They can be turned off, but what really happens if you press the mystical "Send error report" -button. Well, this video shows you how microsoft uses their new WSYP (We Share Your Pain) program to share your pain with the programmers in order to make the work harder. At least now there is one good reason to press the button more often.

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