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Today's Tech: Nokia posts massive Q3 loss, Google announces 29 October Android event, AOL unveils new email client

At joint IP Expo keynote this morning, VMWare's chief cloud technologist Joe Baguley and Sega systems architect Francis Hart warned businesses that failing to properly make strategic IT decisions can prevent them from successfully competing in the marketplace (opens in new tab). Using Sega's switch to a hybrid cloud solution as an example, Hart pointed to a handful of advantages virtualisation holds over the hardware-based solutions of yore. Shifting IT solutions helped the games publisher shrink its average delivery time, introduce higher levels of security, boost standardisation across its products, and reduce the overall cost of ownership, he said. Click on for more details about Baguley and Hart's advice for IT decision-makers.

(opens in new tab)The impending Windows launch matters to a whole lot more people than just those at Microsoft. Alongside the desktop update, the Windows Phone 8 operating system is set for release next week, meaning the likes of Nokia can finally unleash their new flagship handsets running the eagerly anticipated software. Today's news suggests much will hinge on the success of Nokia's imminent Lumia 820 and 920 phones too, as the firm recorded its sixth straight quarterly loss, at a hefty £467 million (opens in new tab). Will the WP8 devices do enough to make inroads on Apple and Android rivals and revive the Finnish company's ailing fortunes? The pressure is certainly on.

Earlier today, Google sent invitations to various media outlets for an upcoming Android event to be held in New York on 29 October (opens in new tab). The event, which will be live streamed on YouTube, is expected to see the official unveiling of the next Nexus handset. Google is joining what is turning out to be a veritable hodgepodge of gadgetry goodness over the last two weeks of October. Apple will be leading the charge on 23 October, when it is expected to launch the iPad mini; Microsoft will follow suit with the launch of Windows 8 on 25 October and then with the separate launch of Windows Phone 8 days later on 29 October. Busy weeks are ahead for ITProPortal, as we will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage of all of the aforementioned events.

Former email behemoth AOL has unveiled its new Alto email service (opens in new tab), which is due to rival the likes of Gmail. The web-based IMAP client will manage multiple email accounts on one website but its main feature is that it claims to clean up our inboxes - it will automatically create stacks for daily emails into categories ranging from deals (Groupon) to social network notifications (Facebook). The web app will launch to the general public in early 2013.

For the first time, Twitter has enforced a policy it introduced earlier this year granting it the right to "reactively withhold content from users in a specific country – while keeping it available in the rest of the world." (opens in new tab) The offending party, the account of a neo-Nazi organisation, breached German law and was subsequently reported to the social networking giant by the Hannover Police, which demanded the account be shut down. Twitter users in Germany attempting to access the account's contents will now be faced with the message, "This account has been withheld in: Germany." Users elsewhere are able to access the account as normal.