How Nokia realized the Meego emperor had no clothes

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s bold plan to transform the company from a bumbling has-been to the premiere Windows Phone partner has always seemed like something out a Hollywood thriller — at least, to a gadget geek like me. Businessweek’s latest cover story, which details Elop’s struggle to revamp Nokia, is perhaps the most dramatic telling of that story so far.

Walt Mossberg: Windows 8 is the biggest change to Windows ever

Microsoft executives demonstrated the next version of their operating system today at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. But Walt Mossberg, the famous Wall Street Journal tech reviewer who interviewed them, had the most dramatic reaction to the product, suggesting that it’s the biggest change to the Windows interface ever.

Windows Phone 7 gives Microsoft its beachhead in mobile

Every week, VentureBeat editors are crowning the very best mobile developers as “King of Code” via an exclusive editorial profile on VentureBeat.com. We’re looking for innovative developers who are really pushing the envelope in the mobile space. Enter here for a chance to win an exclusive profile on VentureBeat.com, a $1,000 AMEX Gift Card, an Xbox & Kinect Package, and/or a Windows Phone 7 Device. The King of Code contest is sponsored by Windows Phone.

VuHunt launches "next-generation Foursquare"

Moataz Rashad spent a few years developing an artificial intelligence technology that recognizes photos taken with a smartphone and then categorizes them. Now his Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company VuFind is launching VuHunt, a rewards-based location game that uses the technology on Android phones.

Introducing our first wave of MobileBeat 2011 speakers

Preparations for our fourth annual MobileBeat conference are speeding along. Today, we’re announcing our first round of speakers for the event: Mihir Shah, president and CEO of the app monetization and distribution service Tapjoy; Jason Spero, director of mobile at Google; and Matt Murphy, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.