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  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's Sony Corp said operating profit doubled in the April-June quarter, helped by a strong performance in its games and networks division, even as the firm cut smartphone and TV sales forecasts that analysts had said were too ambitious.

  • SEOUL, July 31- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Thursday reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and was downbeat about its second-half prospects, fueling concerns about its ability to protect its smartphone turf in the face of mounting competition.

  • Samsung Elec Q2 operating profit down 24.6 pct y/y Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    SEOUL, July 31- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday reported a 24.6 percent fall in second-quarter operating profit, in line with guidance, due to disappointing returns from its smartphone business. The world's biggest smartphone maker reported an April-June operating profit of 7.2 trillion won, matching its guidance of 7.2 trillion won.

  • BRUSSELS/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 30- European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied.

  • Best Buy CEO: Tablets 'crashing,' sees hope for PCs Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 AM ET
    Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer of Best Buy Co.

    Best Buy, survivor of a breed that once included competitors like Circuit City, is trying to stay relevant. Re/code reports.

  • SEATTLE, July 29- Microsoft Corp's hardware chief gave employees a sneak peek at a' selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the company said on Tuesday.

  • SEATTLE, July 29- Microsoft Corp's hardware chief gave employees a sneak peak at a' selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the company said on Tuesday.

  • July 29- Corning Inc reported second-quarter core earnings below analysts' average estimate, hurt by lower demand for its Gorilla Glass, which is used in smartphones made by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. Apple is also reportedly planning to switch from using Gorilla glass to GT Advanced Technologies' Sapphire glass for its next iPhone.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    With PlayStation network, Sony goes back to the future in search of revival. TOKYO- Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster- the PlayStation.

  • HONG KONG, July 29- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said smartphone shipments in the first half rose 62 percent year-on-year, as it targets the more expensive smartphone sector dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc..

  • HONG KONG, July 29- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said smartphone shipments in the first half rose 62 percent year-on-year, as it targets the more expensive smartphone sector dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc..

  • Huawei says H1 smartphone shipments up 62 pct y/y Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 PM ET

    HONG KONG, July 29- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, shipped 34.27 million smartphones globally in the first half of 2014, a 62 percent rise from a year before, the company said on Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster- the PlayStation.

  • Space Needle under drone attack? Not so fast... Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:37 AM ET
    The Space Needle is shown in downtown Seattle.

    After concerned reports from tourists, police confirmed an American landmark has not, in fact, been hit by a drone strike.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 24- Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 24- Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics.

  • *Expects 2nd- qtr revenue of about $345 mln vs est $328 mln. *Expects 2nd- qtr adj earnings $0.27/ shr vs est $0.20. July 24- RF Micro Devices Inc forecast quarterly results above market expectations, helped by higher demand for its chips that connect devices such as Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co's smartphones to networks.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 24- Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone, aimed at extending the online retailer's reach, includes chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair firm iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.

  • July 24- Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone features "gimmicks"- such as 3 D effects and object scanner- that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple Inc iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said.

  • Swatch denies Apple smartwatch collaboration Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:18 AM ET
    Swatch watches are displayed at the launch of the Scuba Libre collection in New York.

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch.