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Eurobites: Nokia Defends French Jobs Pledge

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM buys Bluetooth duo; French senate gets onto Google; O2 offers early-access TV.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) boss Rajeev Suri has been defending his pledge not to cut jobs in France for two years should his company's takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) go through as expected. As Reuters reports, Suri said that there is "nothing extraordinary in the commitment to France," adding that it "actually makes total business sense," though he did acknowledge that the takeover would eventually lead to job cuts. He also stressed that when doing deals that require the approval of the French government, it is imperative to get them on board. (See Eurobites: Nokia Promises R&D Jobs for France AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor.)

  • UK chipmaker ARM Ltd. has bought a pair of Bluetooth specialists, namely Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices. The intellectual property of both companies will be integrated into ARM's Cordio processor portfolio, which is aimed at the burgeoning Internet of Things market. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has already been under the cosh of the European Commission this week and the latest attack on the search giant comes from the French senate which, as Bloomberg reports, voted in favor of a measure that would compel search engines to show how they rank search results. Earlier in the week Brussels launched a two-pronged attack on Google, with one prong pointing at its search results policy and the other at actions relating to its Android mobile operating system.

  • TV catch-up services are nothing new in the world of mobile but now one UK operator is coming at TV content from the other direction. Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) is launching O2 Priority, which will give subscribers a chance to see certain popular shows on Channel 4, such as Made in Chelsea and Peep Show, 48 hours before anyone else does, once they have keyed in a special code on their mobile device of choice.

  • Investment firm Cinven Ltd. has confirmed that it is has made the sole bid for the Slovenian state's controlling stake in Telekom Slovenije , reports Reuters. The value of the bid was not disclosed.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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