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The role taxes played in Microsoft's purchase of Nokia

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a special media event to announce the next generation Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco on October 29, 2012.

American companies that earned money overseas are looking for ways to spend it so they can avoid paying American taxes. This could be one of the reasons behind Microsoft's recent purchase of much of Nokia of Finland for more than $7 billion. Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

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Allan Sloan is a senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine.
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First-time poster, here. Your notion that the Skype and Nokia purchase decisions were based on some tax-dodging motivation had my jaw dropping on the drive to work this morning. Complete sensationalism! I find myself having this reaction more and more during technology stories from NPR that involve Microsoft, where colorful negativity seems to have taken precedence over unbiased story telling. Hopefully, your listeners already have a strong foundation in the real story behind these two strategic technology acquisitions, and will only see your theories of this morning as a minor distraction.

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