Re/wind: Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closes, Gundotra Leaves Google
In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered Re/code this week.
- Microsoft blew past analyst expectations in its third-quarter earnings report and then ended the week by closing its $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition. Microsoft also closed a deal with AOL, which will give it access to all of AOL’s video inventory.
- Now that Google+ head Vic Gundotra has left, what’s next for the company’s big effort to dominate the social- and identity-driven Internet?
- Nike confirmed a “small number” of layoffs in its digital sports division—but denied shuttering the hardware side of its FuelBand team. Meanwhile, CEO Mark Parker reaffirmed Nike’s commitment to digital.
- Facebook, which now hosts more than one billion mobile users every month, will soon take the wraps off its plans for a mobile ad network. The company also said that CFO David Ebersman is leaving later this year.
- You will have one less excuse to justify not watching “The Wire,” now that you’ll be able to access some of HBO’s older shows through Amazon Prime. HBO’s haul from the deal is significant, but perhaps not as big as you might imagine.
- A few years removed from its last attempt at a fee hike, Netflix is again looking to raise subscription rates. Earlier this week, Netflix officially came out against the Comcast-Time Warner deal, surprising no one.
- Apple is shopping around for the right executives to get its mobile payments division off the ground.
- Most associate the Aereo case with the future of online video streaming, but a number of cloud computing firms are worried about the trial’s ramifications for their own companies and services.
- Start-up Lumoid has an innovative idea for those looking to reconnect with traditional photography: why buy a pricey DSLR when you can just rent one when you need it?
- Google added a recent history feature to its “Street View” tool on Google Maps. Now you can relive that time you got caught double parking in front of your apartment.