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  • BEIJING, July 17- Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the U.S. market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, without offering a time table. Former Google Inc executive Barra told Bloomberg TV in San Francisco that Xiaomi phones would not...

  • How China's stock rout disrupted online funds Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 7:37 PM ET

    China's market selloff may have decked traders but one group is benefitting: the country's home-grown online finance companies.

  • *Microsoft to close Nokia unit, 1,100 jobs at risk. HELSINKI, July 16- When U.S. software giant Microsoft bought Nokia's struggling mobile phone business last year, the inhabitants of Salo- a town of 54,000 in southern Finland- thought the move would revive the local economy. But their hopes were crushed last week when Microsoft announced it would close Nokia's...

  • TSMC Q3 outlook dragged down by macroeconomic weakness Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 4:58 AM ET

    TAIPEI, July 16- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, the world's No.1 contract chipmaker, said macroeconomic headwinds will dampen its prospects in the third quarter, even if its main client Apple Inc releases a new iPhone. This is largely due to weak demand in emerging markets, particularly China, for inexpensive smartphones. Pricey new iPhones and...

  • As China gets pricey, Foxconn plans big move in India Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    Foxconn plans to expand in India, building 12 factories and employing 1M workers amid rising costs and labor disputes in China, the FT reports.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, July 14- The call of the world's biggest smartphone market is proving irresistible for entrepreneurs in China, where even purveyors of concrete mixers, refrigerators and rock music are mimicking local trailblazer Xiaomi Inc with their own handsets. China had 155 smartphone brands selling over 1,000 handsets a month as at end-March, from 110...

  • TORONTO, July 13- BlackBerry Ltd named Carl Wiese as head of global sales on Monday, an appointment that comes at a critical juncture for the smartphone industry pioneer, which needs to spur top-line growth in order for its turnaround efforts to succeed. Wiese has spent the past 12 years at Cisco Systems, first heading advanced technology sales and later its...

  • The Apple upgrade that reads like a downgrade Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 11:14 AM ET
    Shoppers at an Apple store in Beijing, China

    Societe Generale lifted Apple's stock Monday with an upgrade, but for a supposedly cheery note, it sure reads negative.

  • Selling Apple would be a 'sin': Technician Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 3:15 PM ET
    Apple iPhone's on the T-Mobile network have had reports of the "blue screen of death".

    Richard Ross of Evercore ISI says the recent decline in Apple shouldn't be alarming. In fact, it's an opportunity to buy the stock.

  • Taiwan courts tech start-ups to drive economic growth Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    TAIPEI, July 12- Companies such as electric motor scooter firm Gogoro could hold the key to Taiwan's economic growth. In just three years, the start-up, which counts Japan's Panasonic Corp as a strategic partner and Cher Wang, the founder of local smartphone maker HTC Corp as a key investor, raised $150 million to develop the smartphone-synched bike, and a charging...

  • Is the search for immortality a rich man's game? Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie “Self/less”

    Technology and medicine are probing the boundaries of mortality. So can only the rich afford to drink from the fountain of youth?

  • TORONTO, July 10- BlackBerry Ltd, which has been coy about its ambitions to make a mainstream Android smartphone, fueled more speculation about its plans this week when it scooped up two Android-related domain names. That spurred more chatter that it intends to build a device powered by Google Inc's Android platform, which powers the vast majority of...

  • Flag bearers of participating nations march into the national stadium during the closing ceremony for the biennial Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore's National Stadium on June 16, 2015.

    Singapore's intensive social media use to broadcast the SEA Games around the region begs the question: does it still matter where sports events are held?

  • IBM announces new powerful computer chip Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:58 AM ET
    IBM chip

    IBM has made working versions of new ultradense and powerful computer chips, The New York Times reports.

  • July 7- Research firm Gartner Inc said worldwide shipment of devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones is expected to grow by 1.5 percent to 2.5 billion units this year, slower than the 2.8 percent it forecast earlier. The cut in growth forecast is mainly due to the slowdown in PC purchases in western Europe, Russia and Japan as a stronger dollar pushed up prices,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 6- Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm Inc that derive a big portion of their sales from the world's second-largest economy. Consumer electronics giant Apple Inc could also be vulnerable- 17 percent of the company's overall revenue last fiscal year came from China, and in the...

  • GoPro launches smallest, lightest camera yet Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 3:29 PM ET
    GoPro Hero4 Session

    The high-definition camera company announced the launch of the lightest, smallest camera in its catalog.

  • NexGen iPhone enters production: Report Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    The new iPhone has entered production, Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports.

  • This app's a star for Broadway bargain hunters Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Broadway signs in Times Square.

    TodayTix is a mobile app that's trying to fill those empty seats by selling more tickets to last minute buyers.

  • TV won digital wars without firing a shot: Author Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk by the CBS headquarters building in New York.

    Media pundit Michael Wolff says there isn't any real contest between digital and broadcast, because old media has already bested new media.