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Nokia Is Getting Pummeled … But It’s Not as Bad As it Looks

Earnings season is upon us and its already rocking the mobile world.  Apple reported a ridiculous quarter yesterday.  Microsoft reported a fantastic quarter today.  And, Nokia…they took a bruising.

In fact, for the first time ever, Apple shipped more smartphones worldwide than Nokia.

“Nokia says it sold 16.7 million smartphones in the previous quarter (April through June). During that same time, Apple sold over 20 million iPhones.”

There is no question this is a new low for Nokia, but ReadWriteWeb nailed it with its analysis:

“If anything, this remarkable (but expected) turn of events further proves that Nokia was right to pick a new direction for its company. Symbian has not been an attractive enough offering to lure smartphone users away from their iPhones and Androids.”

To make matters worse, Nokia’s pre-announced move  from Symbian and to Windows Phone 7 probably contributed to this rapid decline.  So, in many ways this decline was preordained and the end of 2011/early 2012 will be the important indicators for Nokia’s future.  The only real question, is whether Nokia’s decision to go with WP7 instead of peeing in its pants for warmth was the right one.

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5/17 Event in DC: Intel’s Genevieve Bell Discusses Secrets to UX Design

It’s been a long time since our last DC-based event, but this one was worth the wait. On May 17, Innovators Network will be hosting a discussion with Intel’s Genevieve Bell, their in-house anthropologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on user experience design. Dr. Bell will cover the basics of user experience design and how technology companies of any size can employ them to improve the value of their products to users.

Building on her article in the Wall Street Journal Europe, she will also discuss the evolving role of 2nd screens (mobile phones and tablets) and how they will change the future of television and story telling.


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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

National – Tech Daily Dose: Juliana Gruenwald highlights two recent and conflicting reports on the impact intellectual property has on American businesses and learns that varying parties have various views on the matter. In her related piece, Dueling Studies On World IP Day, Gruenwald writes:

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Ryobi Pays Price For Not Licensing Saw Safety IP

Bloomberg – Victoria Slind-Flor reports on a week’s worth of worthy intellectual property news in her topical piece, Ryobi, Apple, Rio Tinto: Intellectual Property (Update1). Here’s her take on one case of a company *not* licensing potentially finger-saving technology and paying the price anyway after the fact:

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USPTO Examiners Denying Patents At An Alarming Rate

The Patent Prospector: Looks like Stephen Albainy-Jenei over at isn’t the only one enlisting the aid of guest authors to pad the size of their blog. The Patent Hawk recently invited a fellow sharp wit to examine the trend of increased patent allowances by the USPTO and there’s plenty of evidence to support John M. DeBoer’s assertions that stinginess is the new name of the patent game. From DeBoer’s guest author post, Debunking In Re Keller, we learn more about the new-found examiners’ penurious behavior:

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Software Pirates Revel In Notoriety: Software Manufacturers Not So Much Anymore What’s in a word? Well, if the word in question is “piracy” as it relates to copyrighted files and those that use them in unlawful ways, plenty. In a recent piece, Nate Anderson takes a look at the vilification of file copying by rights owners and the strong identification with the term “pirate” by those who believe they have every right to copy their files, such as music, in any way they see fit. From Anderson’s “Piracy” sounds too sexy, say rightsholders we learn how sailing the seven seas of the Internet while flying the Jolly Roger is changing:

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Why Aren’t Genetic Sequences Protected Like Radio Frequency Bandwaves?

CNN Money – Fortune: While doing his best to harvest traffic via Google by mentioning a superstar pop figure, David Ewing Duncan also manages to address an item of greater importance: patenting human genetic sequences. In his catchily titled piece, What DNA, Patents and Lady Gaga have in common, Ewing Duncan writes on why genetics should be treated more like radio frequencies than better mousetraps:

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European Parliament Delivers Possible Coup de Grace To ACTA The United States is losing momentum with its much maligned and secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The most recent blow to ACTA’s potential as a real live international policy was dealt by the European Parliament who voted overwhelmingly for openness and transparency before they will even considering the contents of the legislation. As ever, Nate Anderson has his finger on the pulse of national and global IP events and covers the developing ACTA story in his topical piece, Europe trashes ACTA as Obama praises it.

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Latin America Struggles To Fight Growing Intellectual Property Problems

The Providence Journal: America is not alone in its struggle to protect domestic intellectual property rights although with all the facts and figures of hundreds of billions of dollars lost to product forgery and music pirates it might sometimes seem that way. In his recent opinion piece, Intellectual-property theft in Latin America, James Cooper explores the difficulties facing our neighbors to the south that are keeping countries like Brazil from realizing the financial gains that usually accompany tougher IPR laws. Cooper writes of South America’s growing counterfeiting woes:

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