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Microsoft seeks EU approval for Nokia acquisition

Microsoft has asked the European Union to approve its bid to buy Nokia for $7.2 billion as the software giant continues its push into devices and services.

The 28-member state bloc's antitrust regulators will now decide whether or not the company's bid breaches the EU's rules on competition.

Because Nokia is a European-based company, antitrust regulators will critique the takeover bid to ensure the competition is not left at a disadvantage.

Authorities can block the deal, or fine the companies heavily.

According to Reuters, the Commission said it would decide by December 4 whether to clear … Read more

Breakthrough: Nokia surges on Microsoft's home turf

It has been a long time coming, but Nokia finally had a breakout quarter in North America.

The company reported third-quarter results that showed marked progress in North America, traditionally a market it has struggled to crack. Revenue in the region jumped nearly 500 percent to 214 million euros ($293.5 million) year over year, while unit sales increased 367 percent to 1.4 million.

That's good news for Microsoft, which is set to take over Nokia's devices business, bringing its smartphone know-how in house to further augment its Windows Phone business. What small progress Windows Phone has … Read more

Samsung shipped more phones than Nokia, Apple, LG combined

Samsung shipped a record 120 million phones last quarter, beating Nokia, Apple, and LG combined, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

The quarter showed a 7 percent jump in overall global shipments from a year ago and gave Samsung a 29 percent slice of the mobile phone market. Strategy Analytics attributed the gain to strong demand for Samsung's Note 3 phablet and mass market devices, such as the Galaxy Y.

In second place, Nokia bit off 15.5 percent of the worldwide mobile phone market, followed by Apple with 8 percent and LG with 4.4 percent.

Nokia's share and … Read more

Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia phones in Q3

Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia phones in the past three months, a 19 percent increase over previous numbers, driven in large part by the success of the wallet-friendly Lumia 520.

The company also appears to be gaining ground in North America. Although Nokia only sold 1.4 million phones in North America this past summer, that's nearly four times as many as this time last year.

Nokia revealed the numbers Tuesday in its third-quarter results for the three months from July to September. Net sales for the third quarter totaled $7.85 billion, as the total number … Read more

Qualcomm: Microsoft's Surface 2 can't compare to Nokia's Windows tablet

Nokia's new Windows RT tablet turns the Finnish handset maker into Microsoft's rival, but at least one Nokia partner says there's really no competition.

Nokia earlier this week unveiled the Lumia 2520, the company's first tablet and the second current device in the market to run Windows RT. The other is Microsoft's Surface 2. Microsoft is in the process of buying Nokia, and the product release puts the two in an awkward position.

But executives at chipmaker Qualcomm say Nokia's tablet has a clear advantage over the Surface 2 in everything from processor speed … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Greetings CNET viewers! We've got another great lineup for you this week.

Halloween is just around the corner, and we suggest that this year you ditch the horror flicks, and instead get your scare on by playing one of the spooktacular video games listed in this week's Top 5 countdown. And ever wanted to go ghost hunting? Turns out, all you may need are a few gadgets from your local electronics store. CNET'S Sumi Das tags along with a professional ghost hunter and checks out the tech she uses to investigate the reportedly haunted Brookdale Lodge.

And … Read more

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs. Microsoft Surface 2: Do we need two Windows RT tablets?

After the less-than-stellar debut of Windows RT last year, the subsequent cancellation of Samsung's Windows RT tablet, and Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, I honestly didn't expect another RT tablet from anyone other than Microsoft to be released, ever. However, earlier this week, Nokia announced its first Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520.

Its announcement comes right on the heels of the Surface 2's release, so what better time to compare the merits of each. And while I haven't actually seen the 2520 in person, CNET has. Also, after reading our First Take, speaking … Read more

Nokia goes big with Lumia phones, tablet

CNET Update needs bigger pockets:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about the first tablet from Nokia, the Lumia 2520, and how it rivals Microsoft's Surface.

- Super-size your smartphone with the 6-inch Windows Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320. (With screens this big, you may want to use a Bluetooth headset.)

- Play the waiting game with the BlackBerry BBM app, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

- Spend more on Amazon to earn free shipping, or just cave in and get Prime.

- Get 200MB of data for free each month with a T-Mobile iPad, on sale for $0 down. … Read more

Nokia sniffs at Apple after Apple, um, borrows iPhone movie

You know those friends who borrow things and never give them back?

Well, Apple was accused last week of taking a New York filmmaker's movie about people waiting in line to buy the iPhone 5S; chopping it about a bit; changing the music; and showing it to its staff.

Oh, and as The New York Times reported it, the filmmaker's credit was removed.

Well, it wasn't his film anymore, was it?

The peculiar thing about this tale is that the filmmaker, Casey Neistat, is actually something of an Apple fan-person (though not always). And his movie, "… Read more

Nokia's Lumia 1520: The first phone that'll take raw photos

Giving the smartphone market an option that's been successful in attracting photo enthusiasts to higher-end cameras, Nokia's new Lumia 1520 phablet can take photos in raw image formats. The Lumia 1020 will get raw support next year, too.

Juha Alakarhu, head of camera technology for Nokia, announced the feature in a tweet Tuesday, saying Nokia will use Adobe Systems' DNG (Digital Negative) format for raw photos.

"It will be available for 1520 from the beginning and 1020 with the Black [software] update early next year," he said in a follow-up tweet.

Raw photos record data from … Read more