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European SYMBEOSE Symbian project comes to an end

Last year we reported the creation of a multi-million pound EC-sponsored development project centred on the Symbian operating system.

It was called SYMBEOSE - standing for 'Symbian – the Embedded Operating System for Europe' - and it's now been closed down without a single Euro being spent by the European Union.

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Nokia reorganisation, iPhone tracking, mobile payments and much more

In this week's edition of The Fonecast we're returning to the subject of location-tracking on iPhones. We then move on to Nokia’s reorganisation, Visa's investment in mobile payment start-up Square... and RIM's plans for BlackBerry.

We also prepare for our forthcoming 250th podcast by turning the clock back to 2008, when we spoke to virtual mobile network Blyk about its first 100,000 UK customers.

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Podcast - 4th May 2011

This week's podcast returns to the subject of iPhone tracking before moving on to BlackBerry news, Nokia's reorganisation and mobile payments. There's also a look back to 2008, when virtual network Blyk announced its first 100,000 UK customers.

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New Nokia strategy will see 4000 staff leaving and Symbian staff transferred

Nokia has announced plans to "align its global workforce" in order to deliver on its new strategy, which involves a partnership with Microsoft.

Around 4,000 employees are expected to leave the company by the end of next year, with the majority of reductions in Denmark, Finland and the UK. In addition, about 3,000 employees involved with Symbian will be transferred to Accenture.

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Nokia quarterly results released

As well as confirming its agreement with Microsoft is now signed, Nokia has also released its first quarter 2011 interim report today.

Net sales were up 9% year-on-year but down 18% on the previous quarter to 10.4 billion Euro (around £9.1 billion).

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