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Rumor mill runs full speed

Week 50, 2009

One of the most interesting rumors in our environment comes from weekly German magazine  WirtschaftsWoche: according to them, Nokia would currently be working to transform itself into a provider of mobile services. In the future, Nokia pictures itself as a provider of mobile internet solutions. And the company CEO even considers selling its handset manufacturing operations altogether in the long term. This would deprive Nokia from one of its major assets, its manufacturing capabilities, and is somewhat in contradiction with last week announcement that Nokia was divesting from Venyon, a NFC trusted services manager.

As usual, rumors surround Apple’s development plans: the world still awaits Apple’s tablet computer, and Apple’s version of NFC. Maybe both will be combined into a single item, the major question being whether Apple will stick to existing NFC standards or develop its own version and try to turn it into a standard. Apple owns patents covering the integration of a RFID antenna with a touch screen sensor panel, which proves the company’s interest for these technologies.

Closer to us, in our industry, rumors of mergers acquisitions abound. But as usual, those who know don’t talk, and those who talk don’t know.

Let’s not allow this excitement about the uncertain and the unknown bother us, and prevent us from celebrating at this season. Next year will again be full of announcements, including some rumor confirmations and of course, many new rumors!

Thierry Spanjaard

Chief Editor

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