DailyDose: Winows Azure launches new features, goes mobile & the Looming Amazon, Google collision

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Windows Azure has added eight new features, including new mobile services, website scaling, and data sync. Vice President Scott Guthrie detailed the new features on his blog. Microsoft added mobile services, website scaling, Data Sync, ACS Management, Media Services, Virtual Network Enhancements, Subscription Filtering Support and Windows Azure Store. [Source]
Nokia to Get Payments From RIM as Companies End Disputes

The Finnish mobile-phone maker struggling to reverse a slide in sales, agreed to a patent-licensing deal with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd, ending all legal disputes between the companies. RIM will make a one-time and “on-going” payments to Nokia, the Espoo, Finland-based company said today. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Nokia is trying to add revenue from its patent portfolio as sales at its unprofitable smartphone unit drop. It may get a one-time payment of $150 million to $200 million, and about $50 million annually over the next 10 to 15 years, depending on when the patents expire, according to estimates by Hannu Rauhala, an analyst at Pohjola Bank Oyj in Helsinki. [Source]

Expedia Buying Stake in Travel Site Trivago for $628 Million

Expedia Inc, an online travel- booking service, said it is buying a majority stake in German hotel booking and search site Trivago for 477 million euros ($628.4 million) in cash and stock as it seeks to expand its presence in Europe. Expedia’s stake in Trivago will be 61.6 percent, the companies said in a statement. [Source]

Amazon, Google on collision course in 2013

When Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos got word of a project at Google Inc to scan and digitize product catalogs a decade ago, the seeds of a burgeoning rivalry were planted. The news was a “wake-up” call to Bezos, an early investor in Google. He saw it as a warning that the Web search engine could encroach upon his online retail empire, according to a former Amazon executive. [Source]

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