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  • BRUSSELS, April 19- Europe's antitrust chief is expected to hit Google on Wednesday with anti-competitive charges concerning its Android mobile phone operating system, two people familiar with the matter said. EU charges would open up a second front in the regulatory battle between the European Commission and Google, exposing the world's most popular...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Survivors of a series of Japanese quakes measuring up to 7.3 struggled on Tuesday with shortages of food and water as the death toll rose to 44 and rescuers dug through mud and rubble for the missing, but hopes dimmed of finding them alive. Japanese stocks bounced back from Monday's slide, with electronics manufacturer Sony Corp climbing 6.7...

  • *Google 2015 revenues from ads on Android phones $11 bln- analyst. AMSTERDAM/ FRANKFURT, April 18- The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources...

  • TOKYO, April 18- Japanese automotive chipmaker Renesas Electronics said on Monday aftershocks were keeping it from installing replacement equipment at a quake-hit plant, raising the prospect of delays for the global supply chain for automakers. Renesas holds 10.5 percent of a $30 billion market for chips that are used throughout vehicles, in critical areas...

  • *Toyota, Sony keep plant operations suspended after Japan quake. TOKYO, April 17- Toyota Motor Corp said on Sunday it would suspend production at plants across Japan after earthquakes in the country's south disrupted the automaker's supply chain, while other manufacturers extended stoppages due to damaged factories. Toyota said it would suspend operations...

  • *Sony Corp halted production of image sensors at its plant in Kumamoto. *Honda Motor Co Ltd halted production at its motorcycle plant in Kumamoto with an annual production capacity of 250,000. It will keep production on hold through Monday. *Renesas Electronics Corp closed its plant in Kumamoto, which produces microcontroller chips for automobiles.

  • TAIPEI, April 14- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker, trimmed its outlook for the global smartphone market as consumers increasingly demand lower-priced handsets that still boast advanced technology. Taipei- based TSMC, which gets more than 60 percent of its revenue from selling chips used in communication...

  • SINGAPORE, April 12- Mostly young, male audiophiles throng a Singapore hotel ballroom, intently assessing headphones, earbuds and in-ear monitors- priced from $50 to as much as $10,000. "Now, people are interested in $3,000 players," says James Lee, Astell& Kern's vice president. "Before, they would think $300 players were crazy.

  • TAIPEI, April 11- Taiwan stocks fell on Monday, dragged by heavyweights such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co and Hon Hai Precision after the companies reported sales results. Hon Hai, the world's biggest electronics component maker, shed 1.1 percent after releasing March sales. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.001 to T $32.449 per U.S. dollar.

  • TOKYO, April 7- Many Japanese companies are facing a big increase in pension liabilities thanks to the Bank of Japan's adoption of negative interest rates in January. Based on recent financial statements from around 1,700 listed companies, Goldman Sachs estimates that a 50 basis point drop in the discount rate, which is used to calculate future pensions and...

  • TOKYO, April 7- Japanese stocks edged down on Thursday morning as the persistent strength of the yen against the dollar took a toll on exporters and tempered an uptick in risk sentiment from a bounce in oil prices. The Nikkei share average edged down 0.3 percent to 15,675.96 during the morning session, and is on course to add to a seven-day losing streak- the longest...

  • *Q1 operating profit likely $5.7 bln, well above expectations. SEOUL, April 7- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its first-quarter operating profit likely rose 10.4 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pointing to strong sales of its new Galaxy S7 smartphones. The world's top smartphone maker said in a regulatory filing its...

  • LONDON, April 6- China's Huawei Technologies presented its latest flagship smartphone on Wednesday, featuring a dual-lens camera co-engineered with Germany's Leica that it hopes will set it apart from all the other Android devices on the market. "Leica is the leading, premium iconic brand in cameras," Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei Consumer Business...

  • Now, with smartphone sales booming and India preparing for nationwide 4 G Internet access, India's film and TV industry hopes the ease of tapping your phone for the latest release will generate profits at last, overcoming the problems of woefully few cinemas and rampant piracy. India has about 10,000 cinema screens across a country of 1.3 billion- 8 for every...

  • *Samsung regains India smartphone share with new phones. MUMBAI/ SEOUL, April 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is regaining smartphone share in India with a revamped line-up packed with special features including a safety mode for motorcyclists, as rival Apple Inc readies a renewed push into the world's fastest-growing market. Long the leader in price-conscious...

  • HONG KONG, April 4- Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker ZTE Corp will announce a new management team on Tuesday, a spokesman said. ZTE has found itself subject to some of the toughest-ever U.S. government export restrictions for allegedly breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran in 2012. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Saturday that ZTE was...

  • HONG KONG, April 4- Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker ZTE Corp will announce a new management team on Tuesday, a spokesman said. ZTE's board of directors will meet to approve the new team, and a stock exchange filing is expected on Tuesday afternoon, ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu told Reuters in a telephone conversation on Monday. ZTE has found itself...

  • *Samsung Bioepis files suit against AbbVie in UK. SEOUL, April 4- Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd, which aims to become a force in the fledgling biosimilar drugs industry, has filed a lawsuit against the originator of the world's best-selling drug, to stop it blocking the launch of its own version. The unit of South Korea's Samsung Group, along with partner and minority...

  • WATERLOO, Ontario/ TORONTO, April 1- BlackBerry Ltd plans to make a decision by September on the future of its beleaguered smartphone business, but its Chief Executive John Chen stressed on Friday he remains confident the company will have a profitable hardware segment by then. The Canadian company's shares closed down about 7.5 percent in New York and Toronto...

  • TORONTO, April 1- BlackBerry Ltd shares sank on Friday after it reported a larger-than-expected slide in fourth-quarter revenue which it blamed partly on disappointing sales of its new Android-based Priv smartphone. The Canadian company's shares fell more than 6 percent in New York and Toronto as the weak results raised fresh questions about the viability...