TechFast: Nokia-Microsoft Deal, Facebook Phone, a Hero Dies

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech links so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Nokia Said to Be Near Software Partnership With Microsoft

Link: Businessweek

Rumors of Nokia partnering with Microsoft to build Windows Phone 7 handsets are heating up. Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, is a former Microsoftie and is expected to make an announcement tomorrow.

INQ Launches Android-based Facebook Phones

Link: PCWorld

The once-rumored Facebook phones are real, but they’re relatively underpowered and coming to the U.K. first. They’ll be inexpensive, though, and will run atop Android.

‘Guitar Hero’ Dead

Link: Rolling Stone

Guitar Hero?! Dead?! The culprit: "Continued declines in the music genre," according to Activision.

16GB BlackBerry PlayBook Priced at $499 and heading to Office Depot


The BlackBerry Tablet has been dodging a price tag for months now, but an apparent leaked shot from Office Depot pegs it at $500 with a ship date of around late March or early April.

Verizon iPhone hits store shelves, ends AT&T’s lock

Link: Reuters

In case you’ve been living in a cave and wearing a fishbowl on your head and this fishbowl has Enya’s Sail Away pumped into it on a non-stop loop, the Verizon iPhone is available in stores today.

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