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News briefs - Nikita mobile game, Jon Rubinstein exits HP, Nokia’s $250 million windfall, Gameloft's mobile experience

Nikita Spy Puzzles game

The CW, Kia Motors launch mobile Nikita game
TV network The CW and Kia Motors have teamed up on a new mobile game based on the TV series Nikita.

The Nikita Spy Puzzles app for the iPhone and iPad was designed to let users feel immersed in the show about espionage and spies. It also features marketing messaging from Kia Motors.

The CW and Kia Motors also teamed up on an online game called Nikita: Code Breaker that features a new mission each week and lets players enter for a change to win a trip to the set where Nikita is filmed. Presented by the Kia Optima midsize sedan, the game’s missions showcase the car’s graphics and technology, using GPS coordinates to locate targets

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Former Palm chief departs HP
Jon Rubinstein, who was the CEO of Palm when it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.2 billion in 2010 and joined HP as part of the buyout, has left the company.

Mr. Rubinstein completed a 24-month commitment period he agreed to when HP acquired Palm. His role at the company had been diminished in recent months after HP said it would no longer make devices on the WebOS platform. WebOS replaced PalmOS at HP.

Last week, HP said it plans to make its WebOS platform open source by September.

Microsoft paid Nokia $250 million
When Nokia released its fourth quarter results last week, one piece of information in the report revealed that Microsoft paid Nokia $250 million in the fourth quarter for what it called “platform support payments.” In other words, this is the amount that Microsoft shelled out for Nokia to adopt Windows Phone 7.

The report also suggests that more payments will be coming. The report said this was the first quarterly payment. The company said that over the life of the agreement, the platform support payments and minimum software royalty commitments are expected to measure in the billions of dollars.

Nokia also said that it sold over 1 million Nokia phones on the Windows Phone 7 platform. This helped boost an otherwise lackluster performance for the OEM in the fourth quarter.


Gameloft launches new mobile experience with Sprint
Digital and social game developer Gameloft has introduced two Gameloft-themed Sprint ID packs for select Android smartphones. Available only to Sprint customers, the ID packs will provide gamers with widgets, applications and wallpapers and other content to personalize their devices.

The HD Games ID Pack features access to high-definition games for devices such as Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Mototola Photon 4G. The Top Games IDPack features access to a collection of games for Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform and LG Optimus S.

The ID packs are free to download. Future updates will include an RSS feed, push notifications, direct links to freemium titles and a Gameloft Live app.

 
Related content: News briefs, The CW, Nikita, Kia Motors, Hewlett Packard, Jon Rubinstein, Palm, WebOS, Microsoft, Nokia, mobile marketing, mobile

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