Nokia today announced that their HERE group CEO Michael Halbherr has decided to leave Nokia to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. While Microsoft has completed the transition and restructuring after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, seems like Nokia haven’t settled yet. Since Michael is leaving, Nokia will now begin a search for a new leader of HERE both inside and outside the organization. In the meantime, Cliff Fox, currently SVP of Core Map Group at HERE will assume the position of acting CEO. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE,” said Michael, who joined Nokia after the Finnish group acquired his Berlin-based location software company Gate5 in 2006. He added: “I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the ...

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After selling the Devices and Services unit to Microsoft, Nokia is planning to again enter the consumer product business with a new product. According to a Nokia job listing, Nokia is planning to launch a product that is currently being developed under Everyday Adventures vertical and will be in the US market for this holidays under the HERE brand. HERE is looking for a Head of Marketing for the Everyday Adventures vertical which is currently developing a stealth product intended to launch in the US for holiday 2014. Under the HERE brand umbrella you will develop the full marketing mix and launch a unique consumer experience around the motivations and needs of an active outdoor lifestyle community globally. Specifically, You will build the full brand offering behind a category defining range of disruptive soft- and hardware products including packaging, pricing and distribution You will be responsible for developing the global ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Last month, they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Today, they announced that they have acquired Medio systems for an undisclosed sum. Medio leverages predictive models to optimize mobile customer acquisition, retention and  monetization using a cloud-based infrastructure for collecting and analyzing customer activity data. Nokia HERE team believes that building on Medio’s ‘smart data’ asset enables HERE to create contextual maps and location services that change according to the situation to provide highly personalized and predictive experiences for people and businesses. Read the full press release below, Berlin, Germany ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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