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  • Dec 9- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 9- German semiconductor chipmaking machinery company Aixtron may sell off part of its business, its chief executive said in an interview published on Friday, opening the door for bidders after a deal with a Chinese company collapsed. China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund dropped its 670 million-euro bid for Aixtron earlier this week after...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 9- German semiconductor chipmaking machinery company Aixtron is considering reducing the size of the business with a partial sale, its chief executive said in an interview published on Friday, opening the door for bidders after a deal with a Chinese firm collapsed. But that would come with high development and ramp-up costs, and risks, " Martin...

  • STUTTGART, Dec 7- German auto supplier ZF has launched the sale of its Body Control Systems division, Chief Executive Stefan Sommer said, seeking to shed assets it no longer deems essential after its takeover of rival TRW. "We are at a very early stage," Sommer told journalists at the Stuttgart Economic Press Club in remarks embargoed for Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, Dec 7- Japan's Sony Corp will release as many as six smartphone games in the next financial year, hoping that its own gaming franchises can replicate the success of console rival Nintendo Co's Pokemon GO. They will be available initially in Japan and eventually in other Asian countries, Tomoki Kawaguchi, executive director of Sony's mobile gaming unit,...

  • *Statement follows SoftBank commitment to invest $50 bln in U.S. TAIPEI, Dec 7- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. On Tuesday, Masayoshi Son of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp said he would invest $50...

  • TAIPEI, Dec 7- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct...

  • BEIJING, Dec 7- Apple Inc said external factors were the likely cause of iPhone 6 battery fires detailed in a Chinese consumer protection report that featured widely in state media earlier this week and created a buzz on social media. The Shanghai Consumer Council released a report on Friday detailing battery fires in eight iPhone 6 handsets.

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. Samsung had been seeking to pare back $399 million of $548 million it paid Apple in December...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. Cupertino, California- based Apple had won a $399 million judgment against South Korea- based Samsung for infringing parts of the iPhone's patented design, but the case now returns to a lower court to...

  • TOKYO/ VIENNA, Dec 5- Japan's Panasonic Corp may buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. A spokeswoman for Austria- based ZKW dismissed the idea of a sale to Panasonic as "an old rumour", adding ZKW was not negotiating with Panasonic or other potential...

  • *Foreign investors bought 1.2 trln yen of Japan stocks in 3 weeks. "The biggest beneficiary of this election is the Japanese market," said Jonathan Steinberg, chief executive officer of U.S. asset manager WisdomTree, which manages $38 billion, of which $8 billion is invested in Japan. "The world outside of Japan is understanding that they need to buy Japan, with the...

  • *Foreign investors bought 1.2 trln yen of Japan stocks in 3 weeks. "The biggest beneficiary of this election is the Japanese market," said Jonathan Steinberg, chief executive officer of U.S. asset manager WisdomTree, which manages $38 billion, of which $8 billion is invested in Japan. "The world outside of Japan is understanding that they need to buy Japan, with the...

  • *Deal would follow purchase of 49 pct stake in Spain's Ficosa. TOKYO, Dec 5- Japan's Panasonic Corp is in the final stages of talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. It forecasts sales of about 900 million euros in 2016..

  • TOKYO, Dec 5- Japan's Panasonic Corp is in final talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. The two companies could reach a basic agreement as early as this month, the Nikkei said. It forecasts sales of about 900 million euros in...

  • YANGON/ WASHINGTON, Nov 29- From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweller Tiffany& Co, list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms...

  • ELKHART, Ind./ WASHINGTON, Dec 1- As President-elect Donald Trump received a warm welcome in Indianapolis on Thursday for helping to preserve 1,000 manufacturing jobs, embattled workers elsewhere in the state said that his work had just begun. United Technologies Corp's decision to keep half of the 2,100 Indiana jobs it was to shift to Mexico allowed Republican...