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Venture Capital Investors, Lesson Learned, Do More Homework. Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America - Ina Fried - Mobile. Nokia plans to stop selling both feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in the United States and Canada as it tries to put all of its muscle behind the company’s huge bet on Windows Phone.

Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America - Ina Fried - Mobile

In an interview with AllThingsD, the head of Nokia’s U.S. subsidiary said that the company will also focus exclusively on sales through traditional wireless carriers. In the past, Nokia has sold its smartphones at full price to consumers, after finding carriers unwilling to significantly subsidize or market the products. It has also had a significant — if low margin — business selling low-cost feature phones.

However, Nokia says it needs to put all of its efforts into its Windows Phone products, which are due out later this year. “When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc., ” Nokia Inc. “We’ll develop for North America and make the phones globally available and applicable,” Weber said. Preliminary injunction granted by German court: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands. The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring with immediate effect all distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands on the grounds of an alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related [European] Community design no. 000181607-0001.

Preliminary injunction granted by German court: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands

I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting the same Community design. This was also confirmed by a court in The Hague to Dutch website Webwereld. There are differences in competition law between Germany and the Netherlands, which is why Apple filed separate lawsuits. Anonymous: Facebook's going down November 5. The more Facebook seems to dominate the world, the closer it seems to be to its end.

Anonymous: Facebook's going down November 5

Earlier this year, there was dastardly nonsense being peddled that Facebook would shut down March 15 . However, now we have news of an apparently credible threat. It comes from Anonymous, the interesting group of people who express their principles in an activist way by infiltrating the systems of the unsuspecting or the merely complacent. The Village Voice has pointed me to an Anonymous press release that states quite unequivocally that Facebook is going to get it on November 5. Should that date not be dear to you, it is the day when British people let off fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes, a man who felt the passionate need to detonate Britain's Houses of Parliament.

For those who haven't bothered with British history (short version: a lot of colonizing, eating meat, and pretending to be friendly), you might have seen Guy Fawkes immortalized in the fine movie "V For Vendetta". Starbucks and the ‘Starkbucks’ Jonathan’s Card Viral Marketing Campaign. Starbucks may be back to its old viral marketing PR tricks again with a new but familiar campaign called “Jonathan’s Card.”

Starbucks and the ‘Starkbucks’ Jonathan’s Card Viral Marketing Campaign

So the story goes, mobile payment application developer Jonathan Stark wanted to create a “social experiment,” and decided to post an image of his Starbucks payment card online for others to use at no cost. The concept is similar to the Starbucks pay-it-forward cheer chains that the company has used in the past to distribute coupons plus an extra shot of commercially fabricated self-serving goodwill.

There’s nothing more than a consumer loves than feeling good about getting free stuff! The company later had its employees comment on my blog with fictitious postings of consumer support in favor of Starbucks, but unfortunately failed to anticipate that I can see the originating IP address of incoming comments, which in their case came from within Starbucks HQ — oops. Mr. …and who does Mobiquity provide its “behavioral modeling” programs for?

Say goodbye to Symbian, North America. There Will Be No Files In The Cloud. I've spent a bunch of time talking to entrepreneurs who are building companies in and around the cloud storage space.

There Will Be No Files In The Cloud

It's not a space I like very much because I don't think we'll be using files in the cloud. Now Dropbox is a brilliant company and an amazing service and they are doing very well, but will we need a service like Dropbox when everything is in the cloud? I don't think so. This is why I love Google Docs so much. I just create a document and email a link.

Restaurant websites: Why are they so awful? Which ones are the absolute worst? - By Farhad Manjoo. The first thing that pops up when you visit the website of the San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys is a nearly full-screen animation of celebrity chef Hubert Keller's autograph.

Restaurant websites: Why are they so awful? Which ones are the absolute worst? - By Farhad Manjoo

That makes sense—when I'm choosing a restaurant, the first thing I want to know is, Can the chef sign his name? Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of True Enough. Follow Wait a second, though. Ian Bogost - Gamification is Bullshit. Comments (149) Want to comment on your site?

Ian Bogost - Gamification is Bullshit

The trackback URL is Seemed over the top until i heard some gamification proponents speak. i still think creating participant structures that correspond to real world actions 1) will be done, and 2) can be done in more humane, just, and pleasurable ways.