Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer speaks during a Nokia news conference in Espoo September 3, 2013. In an era when shiny new tech start-ups can be worth tens of billions of dollars, Microsoft's ... more 
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer speaks during a Nokia news conference in Espoo September 3, 2013. In an era when shiny new tech start-ups can be worth tens of billions of dollars, Microsoft's deal to acquire Nokia's mobile handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) is a modest one from a strictly financial point of view. Yet the deal is likely to go down as a major turning point in the contemporary technology business, one that marks the end of a Finnish company's unlikely run as world-beating tech icon even as it shapes the future of Microsoft Corp - for better or for worse. To match Insight MICROSOFT-NOKIA/DECLINE REUTERS/Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS less 
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