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  • TOKYO, April 20- Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminum frame and a 5.2- inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan around the middle of the year, though it did not provide a launch date, details on carrier...

  • TOKYO, April 20- Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2- inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its mobile operations. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan from the summer, though it did not provided details on launch dates, carrier partners or price.

  • Tesco says prospect of EU referendum is damaging UK Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    LONDON, April 19- Tesco, the world's third biggest retailer, said big businesses could be driven from Britain by the uncertainty surrounding a referendum on European Union membership, which the governing Conservatives have promised to hold if re-elected. The Conservatives want to renegotiate Britain's role in Europe and then hold a referendum by the end of...

  • Google's EU showdown offers openings to competitors Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software. In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said...

  • China's incredible shrinking factory Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    HUIZHOU, China, April 17- Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Cankun, an appliances factory in southern China featured in the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, had more than 22,000 manufacturing employees in 2005, according to its annual report. Some Hong Kong- owned factories in southern China...

  • *Forecast comes after client Qualcomm's chips dropped by Samsung. TAIPEI, April 16- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd on Thursday said revenue is likely to fall in the second quarter from the first, due in part to the loss of business at one of its key customers. The forecast comes a week after rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it used its own chips in its...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 5.4 percent and Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 3.8 percent.

  • *Chips from client Qualcomm dropped by Samsung. TAIPEI, April 16- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd reported a 65 percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Thursday, beating analyst estimates, boosted by strong sales of iPhones from main client Apple Inc.. Company-watchers are skittish about the firm's future as competition intensifies to produce...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp and its main banks are to meet on Thursday to agree on a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan for the loss-making electronics maker, a person involved in the discussions said. An agreement between the Osaka- based company and its main lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, would be Sharp's second big bailout...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks slipped to more than a one-week low on Thursday morning as investors cut back on some recent outperformers including food companies and drugmakers, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 3.6 percent, Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 2.1...

  • April 15- SanDisk Corp forecast a steeper-than-expected fall in full-year revenue and said it plans to cut jobs to reduce costs, as the data storage products maker struggles to meet demand for its flash-based memory products. Shares of SanDisk, which makes products for cloud computing and datacenters as well as for smartphones and other mobile devices, fell 6...

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. It also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in Google's strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone...

  • April 15- Memory chipmaker SanDisk Corp reported a fall in quarterly revenue, its first in two years, hurt by lower pricing, lean inventory and weaker-than-expected sales of storage products used in data centers. SanDisk's adjusted profit also fell short of analysts' average estimate, sending the company's shares down about 1 percent in after market trading.

  • LONDON, April 15- China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones on Wednesday, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units,...

  • China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    LONDON, April 15- China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 smartphone on Wednesday, a device that stacks up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a...

  • SHANGHAI, April 15- Singapore's Flextronics International Ltd is in advanced talks to buy part of the Chinese business of Alcatel-Lucent SA, the French telecoms firm currently being taken over by Nokia Oyj, two people told Reuters. Telecoms equipment makers like Alcatel-Lucent and Finland's Nokia have been grappling with a sector suffering slow growth...

  • Intel's shares rose 3 percent to $32.42 in after market trading. Intel has been lagging behind rivals such as Qualcomm Inc and ARM Holdings Plc- the British company behind the processor in Apple's iPhone 6- in the fast-growing smartphone market. Intel forecast current-quarter revenue of $13.2 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

  • *Hedge fund says Qualcomm's chip unit "essentially worthless". *Jana says it has had "constructive dialogue" with Qualcomm. Qualcomm's shares, which up to Friday's close had fallen about 7 percent since the start of the year, jumped more than 5 percent to $72.74 in premarket trading on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Jana was putting pressure on...

  • April 13- Activist investor Jana Partners is asking Qualcomm Inc to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business to boost the chipmaker's sagging stock price, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a quarterly letter that will be sent to Jana investors on Monday. Jana, one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, is also calling on the...

  • *Australia, China, UK viewed among likely next moves- experts. Apple Pay has taken the United States by storm since its launch in September, and the company has said it already accounts for around $2 out of every $3 spent using "contactless" payments on the three big U.S. card networks. "Every market will have different local players, different partnerships, different...