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Today in Tech: iPad 2 in production, Nokia's burning platform

February 9, 2011: 6:00 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

  • According to sources, Apple is already knee-deep in production of the next-generation iPad, or iPad 2, which will be thinner and lighter, sport at least one built-in camera for video chat, a significantly faster processor, more memory, and a screen resolution similar to the current version's 1,024 by 768. Expect WiFi, AT&T and Verizon versions priced in the same range as the current iPad editions, which go for between $499 and $829. (Wall Street Journal)
  • In a company-wide email from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, the exec says the company is essentially under attack from all sides in the smartphone arena: Apple owns the high-end, Android rules the mid-range, and Chinese competitors like MediaTek will likely dominate the low-end. "We're going to decide how we either build, catalyse or join and ecosystem," wrote Elop."This is one of the decisions we need to make." So where does that leave Nokia? With a tough decision, apparently. It could be forced to adopt a competitor's platform like Windows Phone 7. Also, the traditionally European-based company may set up a "virtual HQ" in Silicon Valley, where the CEO's strategy and marketing departments, as well as MeeGo development could be relocated. (Fortune and TechCrunch) More
  • Nokia's Elop drops bomb: the platform is on fire

    Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

    According to reported company-wide email sent out by CEO Stephan Elop, Nokia's (NOK) current OS situation is akin to a burning platform.  In his note, he uses an oil platform in the North Atlantic as a metaphor but it could just as easily be a smartphone platform, or, in Nokia's case, two platforms: Meego and Symbian.

    Elop doesn't give either platform a chance in MORE

    - Feb 8, 2011 11:36 PM ET
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