THE NEWS WRAP: Nokia boss defends Windows Phone 8


Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has defended his company’s controversial decision to adopt Windows Phone 8 over Android or an internally developed alternative.


”The basic decision we made is that it was not the [operating system] that we would differentiate, and that is not where we will win or lose,” Elop says.


”Where we will win or lose are on ‘differentiators’ that customers could see; that they could experience [something] that really set our devices apart from everybody else.”


ACCC investigates Visa over limiting currency conversion services


Consumer watchdog the ACCC is investigating whether Visa engaged in anti-competitive practices by misusing its market power in Australia to limit the availability of its dynamic currency conversion service.


Dynamic conversion gives foreign credit card holders the option of converting a purchase into their home currency before paying, a service Visa did not roll-out to Australian ATMs.


”The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that Visa sought to stop the growth of competing dynamic currency conversion services and, as a result, limit the choices available to consumers,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims says.




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