Matthew Campbell & Aaron Kirchfeld reveal a few new details behind the Microsoft/Nokia deal:

Ballmer, who had initiated the talks, felt that Microsoft needed to own a branded consumer device, said a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

Which is why this is essentially the end of “Nokia” as a phone maker. Presumably, we’ll now get “Microsoft Lumias running Windows Phone” or some such. 

Also worth noting:

Meanwhile, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft is keeping an eye on BlackBerry Ltd., the people said. The Canadian manufacturer has said it’s seeking a buyer, and its strong presence in the enterprise market could still attract interest from Microsoft, they said.

Microsoft may yet get to figure out if -1 + -1 can be made to equal 2.

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