The Internet erupted following our report covering industry insider Eldar Murtazin’s claim that Microsoft has struck a deal to purchase Nokia’s cell phone business for $19 billion. Murtazin has a long track record of solid Nokia scoops, and he was the first person to report that the Finnish phone maker would adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform for its smartphones starting later this year. Apple spent decades trying to become the next Microsoft. Now, from atop a mountain of mobile devices, Apple may finally be able to sit and watch while Microsoft tries to become the next Apple.

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