IN BRIEF: No Android for Nokia

Nokia Corp. is shooting down all rumours that it’s working on a Google Android-based phone in a statement Monday afternoon.

The denials came just hours after a British daily newspaper, The Guardian, reported that the company would unveil an Android-powered smart phone at Nokia World in September. The rumours were credited to “industry insiders.”

Nokia spokespeople responded to the speculation by telling Reuters that there is “absolutely no truth” to the rumours, adding that “everyone knows that Symbian is our preferred platform for advanced mobile devices.”

The move would have thrown many in the mobile handset industry a curveball, as Nokia has spent millions buying out Symbian and developing an open source version of the operating system.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics’ accreditation system goes online

Consulting company Atos Origin SA will roll out the first online accreditation system for the Olympics at the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.

More than 90,000 people will require accreditation for the winter events. Previously, accreditations were applied for on a paper form and mailed from countries around the world. It’s the first time the process has been completely online, the company said.

The system identifies accredited individuals for each event, manages registration, and assigns access rights. Since it also serves as an entry visa for participants, Atos is working closely with immigration and law enforcement agencies, the company said.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

Iridium, Stratos provide satcom connection for sailing expedition

Iridium Satellite LLC and Stratos Global Corp. are providing satellite communication equipment and services for the Around the Americas sailing expedition, which got underway from Seattle on May 31.

Stratos installed an Iridium OpenPort high-bandwidth marine satellite communications system on the 64-foot, steel-hulled sailboat, Ocean Watch. The system provides voice and high-speed data connections.

Ten scientists will circumnavigate the Americas to collect scientific data and raise awareness of changes that are happening in the world’s oceans, according to a statement. The journey will take them 13 months and 25,000 miles.

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