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Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia reportedly considered RIM takeover

Online retailer Amazon.com was interested in acquiring BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion earlier this year, according to press reports.

The Reuters news agency is quoted as saying Amazon hired an investment bank in the summer to review a potential merger but did not make a formal offer.

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Phones 4U ghost girl ad is not too scary, says ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority has not upheld complaints about a series of Phones 4U television ads that featured a ghost-like child.

A number of the advertisements were short two-second ads showing the ghostly girl, while the final ad in the sequence was a 30-second scene that took place in an underground car park. The tagline to the ads was “Missing our deals will haunt you”.

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Multi-million pound mobile phone VAT fraud revealed

HM Revenue & Customs has released details of a £250 million VAT fraud that generated its money from the supposed import and export of mobile phones. A number of people were arrested in July 2003, with the first sentences being handed down in 2008, although reporting restrictions prevented details of the crimes being published at the time.

Fifteen people have now been sentenced in six separate trials.

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Nokia plans software fix for Lumia battery life

Nokia is planning a software update to resolve battery problems with some versions of its Lumia 800 smartphone.

The company says an update is already being rolled out and another is scheduled for early next year.

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Discover our mobile phone industry predictions for 2012

Mark Bridge writes:

In today’s podcast - our last programme in 2011 - we’re doing our best to predict what’ll be happening in the mobile industry next year.

Will there be big announcements from the Wholesale Application Community?  Innovation from Intel?  Falling sales at Apple?  Reorganisations at RIM?  Listen to find out what we forecast.

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