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(November 6, 2003) - The head of Microsoft's Mobile Devices division, Juha Christensen, is leaving the company, sparking rumors that the company's mobile initiatives may have encountered a speed bump or two. Juha Christensen, a Danish national, was a cofounder of Symbian, Microsoft's mobile market rival, but he left Symbian to join Microsoft four years ago, where he was responsible for the launch of Windows mobile software products. Christensen will leave Microsoft on December 1, to start his own San Francisco Bay-area mobile devices services company. Christensen's departure, just at the point when mobile devices are gaining in market strength, is seen as a blow to Microsoft's efforts in building relationships with carriers and manufacturers. "We can't comment on why Juha is leaving Microsoft," observed an IBM spokesperson, "but, with his background at Symbian and th... (more)

HP and Motorola Join Forces for Next-Generation Infrastructure

Hoping to get a jump-start on next-generation network infrastructure, Motorola has joined with Hewlett Packard in developing CSMA and iDEN networks. Both companies are relying on Linux to help migrate to the latest network. HP's partnering with Motorola is the first time HP has done so. However, HP is involved with various other providers, like Ericsson, Lucent, and Nokia, and plans to expand its offerings with them. HP director of worldwide marketing, Joy King, said, "All are progressing at different rates." HP went with Debian Linux, as opposed to its more frequently used Linux ... (more)

Sprint Nextel Is Born - "Merger of Equals" Unanimously Confirmed By Both Boards

NEW YORK 07:30 EST - It's official. Sprint and Nextel is becoming "Sprint Nextel" in what is being described this morning by both companies as a "merger of equals." Sprint chairman and chief executive Gary D. Forsee will become president and CEO of the new company, and Tim Donahue, Nextel's boss, will become chairman. The new COO of Sprint Nextel will be Sprint's president and COO Len Lauer, while Nextel's CFO Paul Saleh will be its CFO. True to the concept of a merger of equals, the Sprint Nextel board will consist of 12 directors, six from each company, and each company's share... (more)

Symbian and Microsoft Put Differences Aside For Once

Microsoft and Symbian, two companies that before today were considered bitter rivals, have apparently found some common ground. The companies have entered an agreement where Symbian will license synchronization software from Microsoft. The London-based company said it intends to create software that makes Symbian phones compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Symbian said it will distribute the software amongst its license holders. Microsoft is also making the technology available to Symbian clients as part of the deal. Microsoft itself is continuing development of their ow... (more)

i-Technology Globalization: Nokia Expands Mobile Device Production in Dongguan, China

"Our already well-established presence in Dongguan made the decision to expand the manufacturing facility easy. Dongguan is an elementary part of our global manufacturing network as a cost-efficient and well-functioning facility," said Raimo Puntala, Nokia's SVP of Operations and Logistics, Nokia today announced its plans to expand its mobile device production in Dongguan, China. "We believe that the expansion will further benefit our customers in the highly competitive and rapidly growing Chinese and Asian market," Puntala added. Dongguan is a strategic location for Nokia's glob... (more)