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Microsoft has caved to the hordes of angry gamers who have been loudly complaining about its policies for used games and connectivity requirements for its upcoming Xbox One console. Nokia’s devotion to Windows Phone is starting to make sense. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Microsoft and Nokia were until recently in “advanced” discussions about a possible merger, although talks between the two companies have apparently broken down. The world’s top smartphone vendor by sales volume is also the top vendor in China, the biggest smartphone market on the planet. New Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is not exactly a breath of new air. As a matter of fact, he sounds eerily like Nokia executives circa 2007, swimming deep in a river called Da Nile. Despite numerous reports suggesting Apple’s second-generation iPad mini will ship later this year with a Retina display, one industry watcher believes the Retina-equipped version of Apple’s latest tablet won’t launch until sometime in 2014. BlackBerry 10 devices may not be selling like iPhones or Samsung Galaxy phones, but BlackBerry nonetheless has to be pleased that it’s beaten many analysts’ expectations for device shipments so far. Critics have blasted Microsoft over its used game policy for its Xbox One gaming console. Games are locked to a user’s personal Xbox Live account and require a persistent Internet connection for verification. While Sony’s smartphone business has been struggling for some time now, it is a company known for building HDTVs and mobile devices with stunning displays that are among the best on the market. LG is still on pace to be the first manufacturer to mass produce flexible and unbreakable displays for mobile devices. Google has shown that it most certainly isn’t afraid to pull the plug on services that aren’t making money.