Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:21 UTC

Microsoft's agreement to buy Nokia's handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon.

Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed a two-year-old collaboration on smartphone development wasn't working, according to people familiar with the deal.

This cannot be true. Internet commenters told me in no uncertain terms that Nokia and Windows Phone were doing just fine. And internet commenters are always right.

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by Vanders on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:01 UTC in reply to "This..."
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"Meanwhile, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft is keeping an eye on BlackBerry Ltd.

I think the other shoe is going to drop pretty soon... Nokia by itself is quite a prize, but Nokia + (parts of) Blackberry makes a whole lot more sense.

I'd imagine that any move towards Blackberry would cause a lot of scrutiny from various regulatory agencies around the world. That would be a lot of essential patents (Nokia + Blackberry) for a single company to own.

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