Behind the scenes at the Microsoft-Nokia negotiations

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/the-long-road-to-nokia-deal-a-bloody-ballmer-stalled-discussions/

The NYT has published an interesting piece about the negotiations leading up to Microsoft(s msft)’s takeover of Nokia(s nok)’s handset business. Of particular note: Nokia’s insistence on hanging onto its Here business (the key to its future, in my opinion). And on the symbolism front: at one early meeting, Ballmer tripped over a coffee table and bloodied his brow.

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