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Several high-profile CEOs are searching for new employment, but will their replacements fare any better?

Nokia N8 and HTC Desire Z – the first reviews

Do you want a new smartphone and you’ve heard about this week’s launches from Nokia and HTC. But are they really any good? The Independent has had extensive access to both the Nokia N8 and the HTC Desire Z to bring you the first definitive judgements.

Business Diary: Wronged hotels plan revenge

Trouble is brewing for Trip Advisor, the website that gives "real people" the chance to review hotels in which they've stayed in order to help others pick (or avoid) places to stay. Some of the hotels in question aren't so keen on what the "real people" have to say – so much so that 400 establishments in the UK and the US have come together to organise a group defamation lawsuit against the website. Let's just say they feel not all the criticism has been entirely constructive.

Following Nokia, HTC reveal latest challengers to the Apple iPhone’s crown

The contrast couldn’t be starker: the largest mobile phone company in the world and a relatively new, relatively small smartphone maker. But this week both Nokia and HTC launched mobiles which aim to take on Apple’s mighty iPhone.

Nokia executive quits days after chief is ousted

The head of Nokia's smartphone business quit yesterday, with analysts speculating that his departure came after he was passed over for the role of chief executive.

Stephen Foley: Congress must realise America is on the verge of a fresh economic crisis

US Outlook: The intensity with which Barack Obama buzzes about announcing new plans to kickstart America's economy has become inversely proportional to the chances of those plans making it into law.

Nokia fires boss as it battles to turn around its fortunes

Microsoft's Stephen Elop to be phone group's first non-Finnish chief executive

Nokia chief on the ropes as profits collapse again

The phone maker's failure to compete at the top end could signal the end of the line for its CEO

Business Diary: Communication breakdown

Our sympathies go to the poor BBC journalists who spent much of yesterday reporting on the demise of their own pension scheme. Still, was it really too much to expect them to get the basics right? The BBC's website kept repeating that the corporation's final salary pension scheme is already closed to new joiners, flatly contradicting the Beeb's press release. For the record, the fund remains open – for now at least.

Diary: How to keep your iPad clean

The release of the new iPhone today sees Steve Jobs once again hailed as a demigod by the technorati, but the Apple CEO and registered US Democrat can hardly have expected he'd also become a darling of the Christian right. Jobs's resistance to anything remotely resembling pornography on iPhones and iPads has seen him widely praised by the faith-based community. In February Apple removed thousands of apps containing "sexual content" from its App Store. "How refreshing it is to see someone that gets it – that yes, there are those of us who prefer to be free from the storm of smut," blogs Mark Earely, head of America's Prison Fellowship Ministries. "We're grateful that Jobs is trying to keep the iPad from becoming an eyesore," chimes in Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, another Christian organisation. Do they know you can still surf for porn using the iPad's standard Safari internet browser? Nope, nor did I. (A friend told me.)

The tyranny of the upgrade

It's quite a long time ago now, but I still remember buying my first mobile phone as if it were yesterday. The Nokia 3210, my first love, the dinky little handset that seemed to promise my spotty adolescent self an infinite vista of possibility, the object that meant that if a girl ever actually agreed to give me her number I would have somewhere to put it: the speed dial to independence, the ringtone of the future, the predictive text message from a new world. It had an LCD screen. It was tiny. It was portable. You could play Snake on it.

What is Yahoo? Bartz spells it out in four-letter words

The chief executive of Yahoo has launched a four-letter tirade against an interviewer after being challenged over whether she had a clear vision for the company. Carol Bartz, who took over the internet giant at the start of last year, lashed out by saying: “I don’t want to hear any crap about something magical that the fine people of Yahoo are supposed to do in a short period of time.”

Nokia hit by smartphone delays

Nokia has delayed the release of its latest range of smartphones designed to take on Apple's iPhone, forcing the Finnish group to cut profit expectations and sending its shares plunging yesterday.

Low-power version of Bluetooth coming

A new version of the Bluetooth wireless technology could expand what can be done by watches, toys, home sensors, medical monitors and other devices that typically have been limited in their functions because they don't get their batteries changed or charged very often.

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