Nokia’s ‘Burning Platform’ Highlights Perils of Creative Destruction

When the Nokia 6160 cellular phone was released in the late 1990s, it was one of the hot technology gadgets of the era. With its “candy bar” styling, good looks, and positive user experience, the phone was very popular and was once considered something of a minor status symbol. Today Nokia faces a “burning platform” according to CEO Stephen Elop. Read this article for more details and commentary.

With Jobs on Medical Leave, Apple Shareholders Deserve More Disclosure Regarding Succession

In a letter to Apple employees released Monday morning, Steve Jobs informed his team that health issues have forced him to take a leave of absence from his day-to-day duties as CEO of the company. Tim Cook, who capably managed Apple (AAPL) in 2009 when Mr. Jobs had a lengthy medical absence, will again assume responsibility for day-to-day operations. Mr. Jobs will remain involved in “strategic decisions” for the company. No time frame was given for Mr. Jobs to return on a full time basis. This has revived a long running controversy regarding CEO succession at Apple. Read this article for more details.

Noble Corporation Q3 Results Impacted by Moratorium But Worst May Have Passed

Noble reported third quarter 2010 earnings of $86 million, or $0.34 per share, compared to $426 million, or $1.63 per share for the third quarter of 2009. Contract drilling revenues fell precipitously to $584.9 million for the third quarter of 2010, down from $875 million for the third quarter of 2009. Contract drilling revenues were $687.5 million for the second quarter of 2010. Read this article for more information and a forecast of likely Q4 revenues.

Investors Price In Failure of Windows Phone 7 Rollout

We have outlined the bullish case for Microsoft based on the depressed valuation of the shares, positive recent financial results, and expected strong results this fiscal year due to a corporate refresh cycle that will take advantage of Windows 7 and Office 2010 after a period in which upgrades were delayed due to both real and perceived shortcomings in the Windows Vista operating system. However, despite attractive fundamentals, the market is currently focused on smart phones and appears to be assuming that Microsoft’s new operating system will utterly fail to gain any meaningful share from Apple’s iPhone or Google’s Android operating system. Is this negative sentiment warranted or a potential opportunity for long term investors?

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