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From the Land of Angry Birds, Nokia and Linus Torvalds

Once again, AllThingsD is taking a roundabout path to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Last year, we made a stop in London to hear Nokia announce its big tie-up with Microsoft.

This year, we’ve traveled to Nokia’s home country, Finland, to see how that partnership is going and to get a closer look at a company that remains one of the biggest players in mobile, despite its recent struggles.

Also on the itinerary, another notable mobile company: Angry Birds maker Rovio. Like Nokia, Rovio is based just outside Helsinki, in Espoo. Unlike Nokia, Rovio has been on a rapid growth track, thanks to those unflappable birds.

We’ll have plenty in the coming days from our visits to both companies.

But it hasn’t been all work and no play. In just the first two days, we have also managed to visit the site of the 1952 Olympics, sip coffee at a cafe whose tables and chairs are controlled remotely over the Internet, and take a ferry through icy waters to see a fortress that was originally designed to protect the Swedish from the Russians.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work