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The company won't tell us one way or another. But if a particular Russian tech analyst (with a relatively sterling reputation) is right, a deal

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Did Microsoft Just Buy Nokia for $19 Billion?

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The company won't tell us one way or another. But if a particular Russian tech analyst (with a relatively sterling reputation) is right, a deal for Microsoft to buy Finnish phone company Nokia for around $19 billion is either already done or will be very soon.

The rumor was started by Eldar Murtazin, an analyst at Mobile Research Group and the editor of the blog Mobile-Review.com.

Here's Murtazin's Tweet that opened the can of worms.

One small software company decided last week that they could spent 19 bln USD to buy a part of small phone vendor. Thats it.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

As many know, Microsoft and Nokia have become increasingly enmeshed, ever since February when Nokia agreed to put Windows Phone in all its new phones.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is an ex-Microsoftie, and has been the principal architect of the ever-expanding bridge between the two companies.

The Seattle Times also interviewed Murtazin, who said the deal will help Microsoft make a "complete cycle" between its mobile-phone software and hardware efforts.

Murtazin declined to identify his sources, but he said they were reliable. In the past, he said Nokia, a Finnish company, asked Russian authorities to provide the identity of his source to the company.

"Nowadays Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is not comparable with iPhone due to one reason -- because iPhone was developed completely with Apple software and hardware," Murtazin said. "For Microsoft the paradigm will be to make a complete cycle" of hardware and software together.

Responding to a request for comment from Seattle Weekly today, Microsoft said, simply: "Microsoft does not comment on rumor or speculation."

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