News.com Daily Podcast: What Symbian buy means for Microsoft, Google, and consumers

Nokia snaps up mobile software maker Symbian; a judge closes the Facebook-ConnectU hearing; and in his last few days at work, Bill Gates gets a send-off fit for an industry icon.

Nokia announced today that it will buy Symbian for about $410 million and form a consortium of hardware and software makers to push the development of open-source mobile software. CNET News.com reporter Tom Krazit joins me in the podcast studio to talk about what the new foundation will mean for competing operating systems and for customers.

Also, ICANN is considering a new system of domain names Thursday; Virgin Mobile targets the U.S. market with a new, flat-rate calling plan ; and a judge has kicked the public out of a hearing between Facebook and ConnectU , overruling objections from three news organizations, including News.com.


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Today's stories:

Symbian's new mobile-app role

Judge sets Facebook hearing status to 'private'

CleanLoop tackles clean-tech skills shortage

Virgin Mobile jumps on flat-rate bandwagon

ICANN to vote on new Internet domain names

Photos: Let there be light off the grid

Bill Gates' big send-off

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Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.

 

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