Technology shares are higher pre-bell although IBM (
) has lost early gains in pre-market trade after the company said
it has acquired The Now Factory, a privately held provider of
analytics software that helps communications service providers
(CSPs) deliver better customer experiences and drive new revenue
opportunities. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The
Now Factory will become part of IBM's Software Group.
And, Microsoft's Windows (
) platform now claims 9.2% share in the smartphone operating system
) market in key European markets, Reuters reports. The increase is
driven by Nokia's low and mid-range models, Reuters says, citing
market research firm Kantar.
The Windows Phone platform reached a market share of over 10%
for the first time in France and Britain, with 10.8% and 12%
respectively. Nokia, which is selling its mobile phone handset
business to Microsoft, has seen its ADRs up more than 2% and near
52 week highs pre-market; MSFT is up 0.5%.
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