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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s Scuttlebot: Tasty New Android and a Marriage Made in Finland?

Every day, The New York Times’s staff scours the Web for interesting and peculiar items.

Late Monday, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring the phone units of Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone pioneer. It’s seen as an audacious move intended to help the company capitalize on the smartphone market as its current chief executive, Steven A. Ballmer, prepares to retire. The announcement left many to reflect on Nokia’s once-dominant presence in the cellphone market.

Just Say Nokia
Wired |  A Wired profile from 1999 offers a reminder of Nokia’s epic rise before it faltered. - Ashwin Seshagiri

When Nokia’s Phones Were Fashion Statements
The Atlantic |  When dumb phones were cool: a visual history. - Ashwin Seshagiri

From Phones to Fashion, Nokia Style
The Atlantic |  A feature from 1999 on Nokia’s chief designer. - Ashwin Seshagiri

Here’s what we noticed today:

Android Kit Kat Unveiled in Google Surprise Move
B.B.C. |  Gimme a Google bar: Nestle will sell 50 million Android-themed Kit Kats after Google uses the name for the update to its mobile operating system. - Vindu Goel

Versions of the Android operating system have always been related to food, which always seems to produce sarcastic commentary.

Uber Snatches Up Executives From Tech Titans
Uber |  Uber, which is now valued at $3.5 billion, announced that executives from Facebook and Google are joining the company. - Ashwin Seshagiri

Business Success Formed by Design Thinking
Fast Company |  An oral history of Apple design, part 1 of 6 - Ashwin Seshagiri