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Stories for Aug. 20, 2014
In Brief

Michael Halbherr has stepped down as CEO of Nokia Here, the Finnish firm’s mapping and location-based services division, after just a few months in the role. He had been with Nokia for eight years and on its leadership team for three, but he only took the Here CEO spot on 1 May this year. The team is now looking for a new chief, under the temporary leadership of Core Map Group SVP Cliff Fox. The division is currently unprofitable, but is betting on success in the connected car market in particular. According to a Wednesday statement, Halbherr quit in order to “focus once again on entrepreneurial activities.”

Stories for Aug. 19, 2014
In Brief

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has reportedly been meeting with big companies to pitch the ephemeral messaging app as a content channel and advertising option, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ads would appear as part of “Snapchat Discovery,” a new product that would include articles and video from media companies. Users would hold down their screens to see such content, prefaced by an ad. It could be a lucrative audience — the WSJ also reported that now more than 500 million snaps are reportedly sent a day and half the users are teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.

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The Sharp Aquos smartphone with those oh-so-skinny bezels announced earlier this week in Japan is officially coming to the United States, and no surprise, it’s headed exclusively to Sprint and its prepaid subsidiaries, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. But what is a bit of a surprise is how attractively priced it is: At $240 without a contract, it represents a strong challenge to the Moto G LTE for the mid-range Android crown. It’s even cheaper on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, checking in at $150 when purchased locked from Sprint’s prepaid MVNOs. There isn’t an official release date yet, but it should be available later this fall.