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In Second Opinion, Verizon claims it’s not in talks to set up another app store, even a former mob boss doesn’t trust Wall Street and Vine is finally letting users import video from their phone.

Nokia’s HERE to buy VC-backed Medio Systems

Nokia subsidiary HERE is planning on buying Medio Systems. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Seattle, Medio Systems is a provider of predictive analytics for mobile applications. Its backers included Mohr Davidow Ventures, Trilogy Equity Partnership, Accel Partners and Frazier Technology Ventures.

Nokia’s HERE buys VC-backed travel guide app Desti

HERE, which is owned by Nokia, has acquired travel planning app Desti. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Desti was spun out of SRI International in 2011. It was also backed by Horizons Ventures and Carmel Ventures.

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peHUB First Read

This morning First Read brings you the latest on Thomson Reuters’ investable venture capital index; where buyout firms are seeking more dividend loans and finds out what states are laden with the most student debt and therefore hungry to earn back the cash.

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EQT Gets Nokia Vertu Deal

EQT VI is to acquire Vertu Corporation, a luxury mobile phone business, from Nokia. UK-based Vertu was founded by Nokia in 1998. Terms of the transaction were undisclosed. PRESS RELEASE EQT VI has agreed to acquire Vertu Corporation (“Vertu” or the “Company”), the global leader in luxury mobile phones, from Nokia. Founded by Nokia in […]

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As you sit down with your coffee this morning click on First Read to find out about EQT’s Vertu deal, Esprit’s takeover talks, Nokia’s firing spree and why traditional media should be afraid of Twitter.

Poll Results: Roughly 56% Think RIM Will Go On the Block

The big surprise of yesterday’s poll was how predictable it turned out.

On Thursday, we asked you which smartphone maker would likely be bought next. The choices were RIM, HTC and Nokia. There’s been lots of speculation that RIM’s problems–poor earnings, layoffs and its inability to make the Blackberry Playbook a healthy competitor to Apple’s iPad–make it a likely takeover target. Apparently, many of our readers agree. Nearly 56% said they expect RIM to be the next smartphone maker to get sold.

HTC, in another surprise, came in second with 22.6% (this surprises me because HTC seems more like a buyer than a seller but I could very easily be wrong). And Nokia wound up third with 21%.

We also asked for some write-in candidates. There were mentions of Samsung as well as Nortel Networks (one jokester even suggested the iPhone would go up for sale. I doubt this but maybe this person knows something we don’t).

Till next week.

Question of the Week: Which Smartphone Maker Will Be Bought Next?

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Google’s $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobile Holdings is being touted as a game-changer for the wireless industry.

The deal has also started talk about which smartphone maker will be bought next. The most likely candidate? Research In Motion. The once high-flying RIM has been beset by troubles lately, including poor earnings, layoffs and its inability to make the Blackberry Playbook a healthy competitor to Apple’s iPad. And this was before Google agreed to buy Motorola Mobile.

Bidders Line up for InterDigital

(Reuters) – Apple Inc, Nokia and Qualcomm Inc are among several technology companies pondering bids for InterDigital Inc, sources familiar with the situation said. The auction of the wireless telecommunications specialist — expected to be heavily contested as giant tech companies fight to shore up patent portfolios — will be postponed from next week until […]

Nokia, Siemens Nix Plans to Sell Stake in NSN

After roughly a year of talks with various private equity firms, Nokia and Siemens have ditched plans to sell a stake in their joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks, Reuters reported. The companies had been in talks with private equity groups including Gores Group, Reuters said.

Second Opinion, 9.10.10

We’ve got another “Pay Czar.” Patricia Geoghegan replaces Kenneth Feinberg in overseeing compensation at companies bailed out by Uncle Sam.

BP has been kicked off the FTSE4Good ethical investment index. That ought to really make someone think twice about dumping another 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean.

Eager to tell your Facebook friends you’re not at home? Not such a great idea.

Still not tired of the super angel vs. VC debate? Tune into part 5 of Sarah Lacy’s “Super Angel/VC SMACKDOWN” video series.

Dear John Smith: If you missed out on securing john.smith@gmail.com, now’s your chance to lock in http://about.me/johnsmith.

Fortune’s Dan Primack is intrigued by Ann Miura-Ko. Hey, Dan, if you’re really interested, check out the profile Joanna Glasner wrote about Miura-Ko in AUGUST as part of VCJ’s “Hot Prospects” cover story.

Stanford student gets instant satisfaction. After quickly coding YouTube Instant following Google’s unveiling of “instant” search functionality, Feross Aboukhadijeh got a job offer from YouTube’s CEO.

Shakeup at Nokia. Phone giant nabs Canadian Microsoft exec Stephen Elop to be its new CEO.

FT: PE Shops Looking to Invest in Nokia Siemens Networks

PE firms are in talks to invest in Nokia Siemens Networks, the network equipment joint venture owned by Nokia and Siemen.

However, neither Nokia nor Siemens is seeking an early exit from NSN, the Financial Times reported Sunday.
A handful of investors are interested in NSN. A deal could be worth $1 billion and raises the possibility of an IPO, the FT said.

Last month, the FT said that Blackstone and TPG were interested in NSN while Silver Lake Partners and Bain Capital were linked. Not all of the companies are still involved, a source told the FT.

Nokia To Buy Motally

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has agreed to acquire Motally, a San Francisco-based developer of a mobile analytics platform. Motally had raised an undisclosed amount of funding from BlueRun Ventures and Ron Conway.

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