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Nokia cuts take out up to 1,120 IT jobs

Most of the affected Nokians are based in Finland, although the company is being vague about the precise proportion. The majority of the posts are being outsourced, but 300 jobs are being cut outright.

Futureful plots smarter StumbleUpon for the iPad

Backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, Futureful is a content discovery tool that’s not dissimilar to StumbleUpon, only more heavily based on semantic tagging and machine learning. It’s due to launch in the U.S. in January.

Jolla says its MeeGo handsets will run Android apps

Jolla, the mobile startup staffed by former Nokia executives who want to keep the company’s MeeGo software alive, says it will use existing technology to bring in apps from other platforms — including Android. Will it be enough to boost the plucky company’s fortunes?

Fruugo quits Helsinki, boss blames everyone else

As e-commerce startup Fruugo closes its Helsinki office, its CEO takes a moment to attack the “deliberate negativity” from Finland’s press and entrepreneurs. But with $48m burned and no revenues, perhaps Fruugo should stop laying the blame elsewhere.

Nokia Siemens wants to shut off 2G one frequency at a time

Usually wireless equipment makers like to talk about networks they’re building, but at CTIA Wireless week Nokia Siemens Networks is talking about shutting them down. NSN is showing off a technology at the show that will help operators repurpose their old 2G spectrum for mobile broadband.

This week in European events

Europe’s buzzing this week, with a range of events that give everyone plenty to sink their teeth into. Here’s our pick of three that you may find interesting or useful.

ThingLink targets advertisers with new Facebook embeds

Finnish startup ThingLink has been trying to find ways to encourage users to get excited about its “rich pictures.” Now it’s hoping it may hit the mother lode by helping advertisers and marketers build interactive images inside Facebook pages.

Will this man be the new chairman of Nokia?

Reports suggest Nokia could be preparing to elevate F-Secure founder Risto Siilasmaa from its board to the role of chairman — and a speech from 2009 gives an intriguing insight into how he could view his role at the top of the troubled mobile giant.

Google to tap chilly Ireland for green data center

Google continues to favor countries with cold climates for the construction of new data centers, which can provide outside air as cooling and dramatically reduce the energy consumption of the facility. The latest is Ireland, where Google plans to build an 11-acre data center.

Startup Sauna goes to Siberia on the hunt for success

The frozen reaches of Siberia’s biggest city might not be the first place you’d go to look for the next generation of technology companies. But that’s precisely where Northern European accelerator Startup Sauna has gone in the search for new talents and ideas.

Nokia’s $200m secret shows the rot goes way, way back

Nokia’s problems have been well-documented in recent years — but a new report suggests that its difficulties stretch back much further, starting with an incident when executives secretly splashed out $200 million to keep 45 top staff who wanted to defect to a rival startup.

Thinglink launches rich pictures, plans images 2.0

The web may have revolutionized video and audio, but the humble still image hasn’t altered much over the years. That could change thanks to Finland’s Thinglink, which has unveiled the latest part of its plan to turn photographs into a true multimedia platform.

Lawmaker in Brazil Aims to Make Broadband Access a Right

A Brazilian senator has pushed forth a bill that would declare access to broadband a social right in the country’s constitution. Other Brazilian social rights include access to education, health, food, work, housing, security, retirement, child protection and assistance to the homeless.

Will Angry Birds Make Mobile Operators Happy?

Angry Birds, the quirky mobile game that’s become a flyaway success in all app stores where it has built a nest, is on course for a new dire…

Evaluating Nokia’s New CEO Stephen Elop

Early analysis is concluding that Nokia’s hiring of Stephen Elop was the best way to create a clean slate and breathe personality into a com…

Earnings: Nokia Posts

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) now seems to have given up all hope of increasing its market share in 2009, as it had hoped. The Finnish mobile giant sold…

Facebook’s Friendship With Nokia Is Pending

If Nokia (NYSE: NOK) were on Facebook, perhaps its relationship status would be “it’s complicated.” The WSJ is reporting today that the two…