FutureFive NZ - The TechDay Weekender - Feb 12th 2011

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The TechDay Weekender - Feb 12th 2011

It’s been another busy week around these parts, with some major announcements coming from New Zealand's biggest telecommunications companies. Here’s your weekly recap on the week’s hottest stories.

Just as the kettle was boiling, Monday morning kicked into action with the government announcing it had officially entered into negotiations with Telecom and Vodafone over the joint RBI bid that was pitched for last November.

Elsewhere in telco world, 2degrees said it would invest $100 million boosting the size, capacity and capability of the 2degrees network beyond New Zealand’s main cities. “What this will mean is a network that meets the growing demands of smartphone and data device users,” Chief Executive Eric Hertz said.

Apple fans had plenty to chew on as the week with rumours spiralling out of control. Even though Apple hasn't announced iPad 2, US reports said Apple has a "big fall surprise" lined up which could be iPad 3. Yes, you did read that right.

The Apple rumours wouldn’t relent either, with speculation on Friday that a smaller, cheaper iPhone is in the works. Is this Apple’s attempt to slow the growth of competing devices from the Android camp?

HP is also turning up the heat on Apple with its announcement of three new webOS products including the first webOS tablet, the HP TouchPad. HP is also set to announce a multimillion-dollar data centre in Waikato next Thursday, February 24th.

Moving on to social media, Facebook and Google were both said to have held talks with Twitter. But so far those talks haven’t gone anywhere.

Without doubt though the most interesting story of the week goes to Nokia boss Stephen Elop, who sent out a brutally honest company memo (that got posted to the internet): “The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.”

You’ve got to read the whole memo.

And if you missed it on Friday night, Nokia joined forces with Microsoft to stop the rot.

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