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  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 17- Longtime customers dramatically reduced the amount of licensing revenue they paid to use Oracle products after Google stole its copyrighted software to enter the smartphone market, Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz told jurors on Tuesday. In a trial at San Francisco federal court, Oracle Corp has claimed Google's Android...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 16- Oracle Corp did not acquire Sun Microsystems in 2009 in order to launch a copyright lawsuit against Google, but rather to protect its products that relied on Sun's software, Oracle co-Chief Executive Safra Catz told jurors on Monday. In a trial at San Francisco federal court, Oracle claims Google's Android smartphone operating system...

  • TAIPEI, May 16- Taiwan stocks rebounded from over three-month lows on Monday, with struggling smartphone maker HTC Corp rising on a share buyback plan, but the index gains may be short-lived due to recent heavy selling by foreign investors. Foreign investors on Friday sold a net T $14 billion in Taiwan shares, taking their net selling to T $89 billion so far this...

  • *Maybe 3,000 layoffs in Japan, more elsewhere- source. TOKYO/ TAIPEI, May 12- Foxconn founder Terry Gou said there would have to be layoffs at Sharp Corp to turn around the ailing Japanese company, but pledged that wages would rise and profit-sharing would again be the norm. Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, has battled to seal...

  • *Sharp's annual operating loss widened to 162 bln yen. TOKYO/ TAIPEI, May 12- Japan's Sharp Corp has named a top Foxconn executive as CEO and said it would seal a $3.5 billion stake sale to the Taiwanese firm ahead of schedule, as the display maker seeks a return to profit in the face of slowing smartphone sales. Sharp said Foxconn Vice Chairman Tai Jeng- wu will succeed...

  • May 10- Walt Disney Co, an investor favorite for consistently beating Wall Street earnings targets, reported a rare miss on Tuesday as advertising and subscriptions declined at sports channel ESPN and theme park revenue came in weaker than expected. Excluding some items, Disney earned $1.36 per share, missing analyst average expectation of $1.40 per share.

  • The company said its "Star Wars Battlefront" game, which was launched in November, sold more than 14 million units for the year ended March 31. Excluding items, EA earned 50 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31. Analysts expected a profit of 42 cents per share and revenue of $888.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • Adjusted revenue rose 3 percent to $924 million for the quarter ended March 31. Analysts expected a profit of 42 cents per share and revenue of $888.8 million. The company said its "Star Wars Battlefront" game, which was launched in November, sold more than 14 million units for the year ended March 31.

  • The agencies have written to Apple Inc, AT&T Inc and Alphabet Inc, among others, in order "to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices," the FCC said. The FCC sent letters to six mobile phone carriers on security issues, while the FTC ordered eight mobile device manufacturers including BlackBerry Ltd, Microsoft Corp, LG Electronics...

  • The FCC said the joint inquiry by the commissions was "to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices." The FCC sent letters to six mobile phone carriers on security issues, while the FTC ordered eight mobile device manufacturers to provide information about how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in mobile...

  • *Eight handset makers are probed over alleged patent violation. HONG KONG, May 6- The U.S. International Trade Commission is launching an investigation into mobile devices made by eight smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics Co over an alleged patent violation, the trade panel said on its website. The probe follows a complaint filed by Singapore-...

  • BEIJING, May 3- An automaker launched last year by firms including tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has poached autonomous driving personnel from Google and Daimler AG, marking China's latest high-profile hires in the race to make self-driving cars. "If you're measuring these firms as automotive companies, the risks are very high and it's a very long shot for any...

  • *Central beats rival TCC to win Vietnam business. *Vietnam deal takes Casino asset sales to 4.2 bln euros. Casino, facing weak markets in Brazil and fierce competition in France, has said it aimed to raise around 4 billion euros this year by selling off businesses in Thailand and Vietnam plus the sale of real estate assets in Latin America.

  • *Central beats rival TCC to win Vietnam business. *Thai tycoons jostle for deals in Vietnam. SINGAPORE/ BANGKOK, April 29- France's Casino Group agreed to sell its Vietnam unit to Thai conglomerate Central Group for 1 billion euros including debt, giving the retailer respite from a debt pile that pushed its credit rating to junk.

  • *Says integration of Freescale going well. The company, which completed its nearly $12 billion acquisition of Freescale last year, told investors it expects to outperform its peers until 2019 by growing at a compound annual rate of between 5 and 7 percent. The world's top maker of automotive electronics had earlier said it expected Freescale to be accretive to...

  • April 28- Chipmaker Cypress Semiconductor Corp said it agreed to buy Broadcom Ltd's Internet of Things business and related assets for $550 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the third calendar quarter and will help Cypress gain share in consumer IoT market, which includes wearable electronics and home automation. Separately, Cypress said Chief...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japan's Sony Corp on Thursday reported an annual loss in its image sensors business, raising fears the firm's revival of recent years may be losing momentum, even as cost cuts helped it book its biggest annual operating profit in eight years. But the electronics maker said its devices business, including image sensors which have been central to...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp on Thursday reported its biggest annual operating profit since fiscal 2007 due to cost cuts in its struggling smartphone business and brisk demand for PlayStation 4 videogames. But between the lines, Sony's growth prospects may be called into question as its devices business, including image sensors...

  • TAIPEI, April 28- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday as Apple Inc's suppliers mostly fell for the second day after the iPhone maker's first-ever fall in smartphone sales wiped off about $36 billion in market value, evoking talk of "peak iPhone." As of 0423 GMT, the main TAIEX index fell 1.1 percent, to 8,473.49, after closing at 8,563.05 in the previous session.

  • *Q1 operating profit $5.8 bln, slightly above earlier guidance. SEOUL, April 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday tipped a pickup in second-quarter profits after reporting a 12 percent earnings gain in January-March on the back of "robust" sales of its Galaxy S7 smartphones. Samsung's January-March operating profit was 6.7 trillion won,...