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News Roundup : SmokedByWindowsPhone Update, RIM To Zap 2000 Jobs, Google Street View Car Saga

Microsoft is claiming victory for its Windows Phone operating system, after wagering customers that smartphones running on the OS would perform consistently faster than on rivals like Android and iOS. The technology giant says its software romps to a 98 per cent win rate against the current OS kings, based on a survey of over 50,000 people.

News is less sweet at Research In Motion however, as the Blackberry manufacturer looks set to cull over 2,000 jobs this week. The mass clear-out under new CEO Thorsten Heins shows no sign of abating, with RIM ploughing through its global restructuring initiative before the release of the Blackberry 10 later this year. The company has refused to comment on the "speculation", but inside sources are convinced the ruthless move will soon materialise.

"Cutbacks?!" snigger Apple. Fortunes are starkly contrasted in Cupertino, as new retail chief John Browett is welcomed with a cool £36 million package from his filthy-rich employer. Browett was poached from Dixons in February, and news of his salary has eyes watering and tongues wagging, with company bosses continuing to pull in astronomical sums despite this worldwide financial meltdown lark.

Browett's CEO Tim Cook is doing his best to assuage the backlash though, with news that he has passed up on an even cooler £48 million of dividend payments for his Apple shares. Cook and his Apple buddies aren't exactly struggling for cash, with the company sitting on reserves of over £63 billion, but the move is no less commendable and may yet prompt more ‘fat-cats' to follow suit.

The PR pendulum has swung less favourably for Google, with reports indicating its engineers knew their Street View cars were stealing personal data, but chose to cover it up. A Federal Communications Commission report revealed that the Google employee who wrote the code for the Street View software told his superiors of its personal data collection, despite the company's claims they knew nothing of the issue. Those cheeky scamps and their flagrant disregard for anyone's privacy. Tut tut.

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