USNing this for now as although it goes towards some of the stuff Sony is going through (although that it all went down after various filing dates might raise an eyebrow) and will probably, especially in light of the vita difficulties, increase speculation on the chance of a PSP phone (as well as integration between all their platforms) I do not reckon it warrants a full portal post. Edit: Just to clarify- this is not new news but news that the whole situation has been finalised with papers being signed and such. Source http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/16/sony_ericsson_divorce_final/ History lesson- occasionally companies might be bought out (and either folded in or kept as a separate company) or they might merge (in name and nature) into a new company or they might do a joint venture. Sony and telecoms company Ericsson did a joint venture back in 2001 or so to make mobile phones and for a while did quite well but the last few years were not good. Statement from Sony Ericsson meanwhile gets a large pile of cash to the tune of "7.5 billion Swedish krona ($1.1bn, £707m)" according to the register article and the ability to cross license some of the tech- it was a buyout but I am not sure of the nature of the deal and/or background (Ericsson did have a bit of a debt issue). Thoughts- as the world slowly forgets this I wonder how Casino Royale will look in a couple of decades.