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First Read begins your morning with news that Solvay is buying Cytec Industries for $5.5 billion, Chevron is cutting 1,500 jobs to help cut costs by $1 billion and Microsoft launches Windows 10.


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In Second Opinion, Danaher plans on buying Pall Corp for $13.8 billion and splitting the business into two, a venture capitalist at Oak Investment who had been arrested for insider trading is now accused of defrauding his firm and Starwood has launched a new hotel brand for luxury-seeking millennials.


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First Read kicks off the week with news Prologis will acquire KTR Capital for $5.9 bln, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are set to talk with antitrust regulators and WhatsApp now has 800 mln active users.

Visitors walk at the Alcatel-Lucent booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

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First Read ushers in your morning with news Nokia is in talks to acquire rival Alcatel-Lucent, top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes and visa applications from highly skilled tech and science workers in U.S. hit record high.


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First Read rings in your chilly East Coast Tuesday with news Nokia is unveiling a new Android tablet, Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curbs on NSA surveillance and Neil Young urges fans to boycott Starbucks.

man & dog

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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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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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Click through for this morning’s First Read to find out about what’s happening in Lat AM, how to set the right goals for your future and Facebook’s secret strength.

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.

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