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Nokia's Big announcement.

Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer: > Today in London, our two companies [Nokia & Microsoft] announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem.

I predict a 20% share price drop by December for Nokia. (If they are lucky)

Computer takes on Jeopardy

IBM research project that has a computer that is able to take on humans at jeopardy, and beat them in the the process.

This is reminiscent of the IBM Big Blue, who took on Humans in chess, however, this is much more difficult, as it needs to take in many factors of the English language as well.

Vodafail continues

Natalie O'Brien for The Age: > THE personal details of millions of Vodafone customers, including names, home addresses, driver's licence numbers and credit card details, have been available on the web in what is described as an ''unbelievable'' lapse in security by the mobile phone giant.

The actual breach is that people were sharing usernames and password. It seems Vodafone doesn't believe in a structured level of access, instead giving total access to mobile phone shops, that just sell Vodafone products.

I would expect a lot of other businesses in this day and age might even share the same issue. It is probably a good time for them to review their setup of these things as well.

However, combined with the [lawsuit](, it would seem Vodafone (or rather VHA), might have seriously just impacted their bottom line.

Groupon takes on Scoopon

Groupon's Andrew Mason:

> One particular clone in Australia called Scoopon, created by the brothers Gabby and Hezi Leibovitch, has been making life difficult for us. Scoopon went a little further than just starting their Groupon clone – they actually purchased the domain name, took the company name Groupon Pty Limited, and tried to register the Groupon trademark (filing for the trademark just seven days before us) in Australia.

There is also some coverage at [ZDNet][], which has some answers from the brothers behind Scoopon/Catch of the Day.

They insist that they have been in operation since 2006 (which Daily Deals/Catch of the Day has in some form or the other, however Scoopon is a more recent venture by them, [launching only in April 2010][scoopon launch], which is well after Groupon's inception in 2008.

[ZDNet]: "Groupon details Aussie trademark stoush" [scoopon launch]: