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Last week at The Fonecast: 2nd September 2013

Breaking up is profitable to do

Mark Bridge writes:

So – we take a short break at the end of the August ‘silly season’ and one of the year’s biggest mobile-related rumours becomes fact. At least we’re back in time to report on the final stages of the Vodafone/Verizon deal. Yes, it looks as though Big Red will be picking up something like $130 billion for its 45% stake in Verizon Communications… possibly within the next few hours. Just don’t mention the tax, okay?

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced his intention to retire as CEO within the next 12 months.

He was the company’s first business manager and was promoted to a number of positions before becoming CEO in 2000.

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Microsoft shutting down Microsoft Tag barcode system

Scanbuy now licensing the technology

Microsoft Tag, which was launched five years ago as an alternative to QR codes, is closing in two years’ time.

For the next two years the service will be supported by Scanbuy, which will add Microsoft Tag Technology to its ScanLife platform from next month.

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Four out of every five new smartphones run Android

Figures from researchers at Strategy Analytics show that smartphone shipments grew by 46.7% year-on-year to almost 230 million units worldwide in the second quarter of 2013.

Android devices accounted for 79.5% of these smartphones, with Apple’s iOS in second place and Microsoft third.

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Challenging results, crowd-sourced smartphones and cracked SIM security

Podcast - 24th July 2013

We start this week's show by discussing the recent quarterly results from Google, Nokia, Vodafone and Microsoft.

There's also time to talk about SIM security, Ubuntu's crowd-funded smartphone, the HTC One mini, smart watches and an unusual process for recharging your phone battery.

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