The Virgin Mobile Venture is an entry-level smartphone that carries out basic tasks reliably, but with low-spec hardware and a pokey processor.
With the help of eBay founder and billionaire Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the NSA story this summer, is putting together what he hopes is a newsgathering dream team.
Redmond and Chinese Internet company BesTV will explore the possibilities of family-friendly gaming through a joint venture.
Separating from parent Dow Jones, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are hunting out a minority investor to reincarnate their tech-news partnership that would value it between $30 million and $40 million, Quartz reports.
With its 2-megapixel camera, 2.8-inch touch-screen display, and onboard QWERTY keyboard, the Virgin Mobile Venture is aimed for first-time smartphone users.
The Finnish handset maker will pay about $2.2 billion for the half of Nokia Siemens Networks that it doesn't already own.
The state-run China Electronics will own 92 percent of the joint venture, which will produce LCDs for a wide array of electronics.
Bloomberg Beta will focus on startups that produce insights from data, according to the media outlet.
The company wouldn't name names about its conversation partner, though rumor has it BlackBerry has spoken with Lenovo in the past.
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