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Best of the Tech Blogs: Despite Existing Partnership, Microsoft Doesn't Want to to Be Seen With Nokia


Plus, Marissa Mayer holds onto key executives at Yahoo.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web each day.

Link: Microsoft Passing on Nokia for Surface Tablets -- It's a Branding Thing

"The Surface tablets wowed the tech world when Microsoft (MSFT) threw its surprise unveiling party. The sleek Windows tablets with distinctive kickstand and thin keyboard cover captured the attention of a lot of folks.

"With Microsoft entering the PC hardware business with the Surface, some are wondering why the folks in Redmond didn't team up with Nokia (NOK) to build them. The alliance between the two companies is strong, billions of dollars strong, yet Microsoft passed on Nokia to make the Surface tablets."

Link: Not All Yahoos Headed Out Door: Mayer Makes Filo a Direct Report and Bell Permanent GC

"While new Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has ushered some longtime employees out the door of late - most recently, HR head David Windley last week, with more to come - that does not mean she is not keeping some longtime Yahoos around.

"At the the Silicon Valley Internet giant's weekly Friday FYI staff meeting, Mayer told the crowd that Yahoo co-founder David Filo (pictured here) would be reporting directly to her - which I previously suggested would happen - and also that longtime legal exec Ron Bell would become permanent general counsel."

Link: Photos of iPhone 5 Motherboard Allegedly Leaked

"A photo of what is allegedly the logic board for the upcoming next-generation iPhone has cropped up on a Chinese iPhone forum. The board is said to show more antenna connections than the one in the iPhone 4S, suggesting that, if it is genuine, the next iPhone may have LTE connectivity.

"A user of the site WeiPhone posted the photo on Sunday, and it was first reported by 9to5 Mac. The board lacks the usual labeling, the site says, suggesting it's a prototype unit. It also does not contain the processor, so nothing new can be discerned about that."

Link: Motorola Cuts 4,000 Workers, Will Focus on Fewer Products as Part of Google's Reinvention

"Several months after completing its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google (GOOG) is finally beginning to shape the mobile company for its own purposes by cutting the fat.

"Motorola Mobility told employees yesterday that it would lay off 4,000 workers (or 20 percent of its global workforce) and close a third of its 94 offices, the New York Times reports. Additionally, the company will focus on developing a few devices, forgoing unprofitable low-end products, similar to the strategy Taiwanese phone maker HTC has employed."

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Link: Apple Catches Samsung Trying to Pull a Couple Fast Ones

"FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller spotted a couple significant wins for Apple (AAPL) in an order Judge Lucy Koh filed Sunday night, just before its multibillion dollar patent infringement case against Samsung (SSNLF) entered its third week.

"In a motion filed Thursday, Mueller reports, Apple complained that the defense had listed "two witnesses the substance of whose testimony Samsung failed to disclose" on a timely basis[.]"

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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