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Meanwhile yet another CTO departs

Nokia not for sale says boss

Nokia chief Stephen Elop has moved to quash rumours that the struggling phone maker is up for sale.

Speaking to attendees at the Open Mobile Summit, Elop said "all those rumours are baseless," and reaffirmed Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone-based smartphones.

Elop went on to explain that Nokia intends to foster a better relationship with mobile operators than rivals Apple and Google. The Nokia boss insintuated Apple had a poor relationship with operators while saying carriers feared Google for "the way the money flows."

Operator billing promising a cut of app purchase revenue is one area which Nokia is hoping will allow them to cosy up to the carriers.

Seperately Nokia announced that the firm’s CTO Rich Green is to go on a leave of absence for a "personal matter. However Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported that Nokia sources said that Green was unlikely to return.

The departure of the firm’s fourth CTO in five years is thought to be related to Green’s support for the canned MeeGo operating system. Nokia Research Labs boss Henry Tirri will take over as technology chief.

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