Noon News: Nokia Siemens Cuts 17k Jobs, Spotify Has 2.5M Paying Subscribers, Apple iPad Game Subscriptions

Nokia Siemens Networks, an equipment joint venture of Nokia and Siemens, announced that they are planning to cut down around one quarter of their work force in order to boost their profit in the networking gear market that is stagnating.

Hewlett Packard has laid down a new road map under which it plans to integrate the Itanium based Integrity servers with x86 architecture. The company said that the plans under ‘Project Odyssey' will allow it to offer mission critical architecture to customers in a unified environment.

Online music streaming service Spotify, which recently opened shop in the United States, has reached 2.5 million paying customers worldwide. After two years of haggling with US record companies, the company launched its popular streaming service in the country in July.

A new research conducted by Strategy Analytics proves that China has beaten US to become the largest smartphone market in the world in the third quarter of this year. This is for the very first time that China has surged past United States in terms of "numbers of smartphones shipped".

Apple is finally allowing video-game company Big Fish Games to offer their titles via subscription on iPad, which is expanding a feature used by newspaper and magazine publishers. The Seattle-based game publisher, Big Fish Games, succeeded in obtaining approval from Apple to become the very first game publisher to offer users access to many more titles for just $6.99 per month.