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More D10 Speakers: Ellison, Meeker, Myhrvold, Along With Pixar and Visa!

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R&D Spending: Nokia Vs. Apple Shows Size Doesn't Matter

Some additional perspective on Nokia’s massive mobile R&D spend and a point of comparison for its market return. Extrapolating from Bernstein Research data that estimates Nokia spent $3.9 billion on mobile research and development, Asymco’s Horace Dediu has calculated Apple’s mobile R&D spend, and there’s an astonishingly wide gulf between the two.

Not Seeing Much Return on That Massive R&D Spend, Are You, Nokia?

Nokia spent scads of cash on research and development last year, but didn’t see much return on it. Certainly, the investment did little to slow the continuing deterioration of its competitive position.

Windows Phone 7 Shipments Topped Two Million Units Last Quarter

Redmond offers an update on how many of the phones have shipped to carriers, but it’s still unclear just how quickly consumers themselves are buying the new Windows Phones. For its part, AT&T also won’t give specifics, but says sales have steadily increased since launch.

Want to Cut Your Cord? The NBC U-Comcast Deal Won't Make It Easier

If you were hoping that the government restrictions on the NBC U-Comcast deal would make it easier for you to stop paying for cable, you’re out of luck. The government is forcing the new company to offer its stuff to online outlets like Netflix and iTunes. But it won’t happen in the way that cord cutters would like. If it happens at all.

Verizon Wireless Touts 4G Network, Shows Off Devices

Verizon showed off 10 devices coming in the first half of the year and said it will cover another 140 cities with the high-speed network by year’s end.

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Sprint Kicks Off Marathon of CES-Timed Mobile Phone Announcements

Just ahead of the start of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sprint revealed the details on the HTC Evo Shift 4G and the Novatel MiFi 3G/4G portable Hotspot. The announcement bulks up Sprint’s 4G lineup ahead of what is expected to be the announcement of several phones for Verizon’s new LTE-based 4G network. Sprint said that the Evo Shift, which had already made a cameo in a leaked Radio Shack advertisement, will be available for $149 after rebates starting Jan. 9, while the MiFi won’t hit stores until Feb. 27. Among the Shift’s features are a slide-out keyboard, Android 2.2 and a 5-megapixel camera.

Korea Not Too Keen on Nexus S

Google’s Nexus S smartphone isn’t generating quite the same interest in Korea as its predecessor. Though Korea Telecom eagerly added the Nexus One to its lineup this past June, the carrier has greeted the debut of its successor with disinterest.

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Bing Gets a Spring Revamp