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Microsoft Board Shows Little Taste for Bold Choice in CEO – WSJ.com – interesting questions about the wisdom of having Bill Gates as chairman (paywall)

BBC News – Microsoft to buy Nokia mobile phone unit – does this preclude the truncated Nokia from buying a business like Jolla?

Verizon Reaches Agreement to Acquire Vodafone’s 45 Percent Interest in Verizon Wireless for $130 Billion – I think that it’s a bad deal for Vodafone in that so much of it is actually in Verizon paper rather than in cash. It’s cheaper for Verizon than one realises

Discounters lead the way in grocery market growth – RTÉ News– Tesco got a real kicking in terms of market share

Yahoo China stops providing news and community services, hinting at shutdown of its operations – The Next Web

Yahoo China begins shutdown – Globaltimes.cn – will properties like flickr start to get blocked then I wonder since there wouldn’t be anyone to harmonise the content?

Busting Innovation Myths | INSEAD Knowledge

Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users • The Register

One Microsoft On, Ballmer Out, ValueAct In. Get Ready for More at MSFT – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD

Thailand’s Chang Allows Followers To Order Home Deliveries on WeChat – this is the first time I have seen a brand use WeChat in a non-Chinese language

At the Heart Of Verizon-Vodafone, Differing Outlooks for the U.S. Market – WSJ – Vodafone’s move is a bet that the US market has peaked or is close to peaking

AboutTheData.com – really interesting public project by Axicom Corporation in the US to help consumers understand the data held about them. It should be a boon to planning directors as well looking for inspiration

More than 1 in 8 UK shops face closure, says study – FT.com – “The (UK) retail sector is bigger than health, education, defence –and yet it doesn’t have a minister”

Entrepreneurs or the state: Innovation comes from public investment. – Slate Magazine – interesting essay on the role that government plays in catalysing innovation (more than you’d think)

Wretch to withdraw from the social media competition|WantChinaTimes.com – Yahoo! consolidating services