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Euronews: Nokia Hopes for Google/Moto Boost

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Samsung Corp. are at the top of the news queue in today's EMEA roundup.

  • Nokia is looking to put a positive spin on the news of Google's planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility LLC , reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The Finnish handset maker says that the perceived unbalancing of Android's "one big happy family" will favor Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Windows Phone operating system, the mast to which Nokia has firmly nailed its colors. And it may have good reason for its optimism: Nokia shares had surged 9.1 percent by close of trading on Monday on the Helsinki stock market on news of Google's acquisition. (See Google Buying Moto Mobility for $12.5B , Google & Moto: Beyond the Patently Obvious, Google Bringing Order to Android, What Google-Moto Means for Microsoft and Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android.)

  • Samsung's legal appeal against the ban imposed on sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in most European Union countries will be heard on Aug. 25, in Düsseldorf, reports the BBC. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) brought the original injunction, claiming Samsung's product was a "slavish" copy of its best-selling iPad. (See Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU and Apple vs. Android Patent Spat Goes Global.)

  • As anticipated in Monday's Euronews, the allocation of U.K. government cash to support the rollout of improved broadband services in the more rural parts of the country has been announced. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which holds the government's "Digital Britain" brief, has given the English counties £294.8 million (US$482.4 million), with a specific amount earmarked for each county, while Scotland has been given £68.8 million ($112.6 million) and told to just get on with it. (Wales and Northern Ireland have already received their share of the loot.) Cornwall, in the far southwest of England, receives precisely £0, as it is already the subject of a much-trumpeted BT fiber rollout. (See UK Govt Allocates Broadband Funding, Euronews: UK Broadband Sector Holds Its Breath, Brits Press On With Broadband Plans , British Broadband Cash Survives Cuts and BT Preps 'Landmark' FTTC Investment.)

  • MTN Group Ltd. , Africa's largest mobile operator, plans to roll out Opera Software ASA 's Mini mobile browser across Africa and the Middle East in a bid to speed up mobile Web access, reports Reuters. Opera Mini compresses Web content before delivering it to mobile handsets. (See Opera Reaches 100M Mini Users.)

  • Sally Davis is to step down as chief executive of BT Wholesale in October, for personal reasons. She will be replaced by Nigel Stagg, who is currently managing director of BT Business, BT’s SME division. (See BT Wholesale Boss to Step Down.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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