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  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Dec 29- The settlement of China's anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc is likely to intensify global scrutiny of the firm's highly profitable patent licensing business, and may even call into question its worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung. Any deal is likely to include a record-breaking fine, as well as...

  • Prosecutors raid LG headquarters over washer row Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    Prosecutors raided LG Electronics' headquarters amid a probe of whether LG damaged rival Samsung Electronics' washing machines at German retail stores, LG said.

  • SEOUL, Dec 26- Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path. While that may impress designers of smart homes, Samsung's failure to release a handset based on its own...

  • US retailers may only just meet holiday sales forecasts Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:03 PM ET
    A woman pushes a shopping cart past Christmas decorations displayed for sale at a Wal-Mart.

    Consumers slacked off on the final holiday shopping days, suggesting traditional retailers will just meet sales forecasts amid deep discounts.

  • Video gamers rejoice after Sony, Samsung hookup Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    Samsung and Sony agreed to provide the latter's PlayStation Now system on some Samsung Smart TVs in 2015.

  • BEIJING, Dec 24- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from smaller upstart Xiaomi Inc.. But analysts say the low-cost strategy has fanned the price wars and thin profit margins prevalent in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp said on Tuesday it would buy patents owned by Apple Inc and other firms for $900 million, helping to further scale back lawsuits over smartphone technology. The deal puts an end to litigation started last year by Rockstar against several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google Inc's Android...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp on Tuesday announced a $900 million deal to buy most of the patents owned by Rockstar Consortium, formed by Apple Inc. and other major technology firms in 2011 following the bankruptcy of Nortel Network Corp.. The consortium last year also sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on...

  • Mexico to auction high speed mobile spectrum in 2015 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 22- Mexico said on Monday it planned to auction high-speed mobile phone spectrum in 2015 for the first time in five years as the government seeks to ramp up competition in a sector long dominated by tycoon Carlos Slim. Mexico's government completed a major telecommunications reform in 2014 designed to loosen the hold Slim's America Movil has...

  • Skullcandy plants its flag in headphone wars Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Headphone-maker Skullcandy has had a big year, and its CEO has a plan to keep the good times rolling through the holidays and beyond.

  • WATRERLOO, Ontario, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,"...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers. An uptick in last-minute shopping trips on the all-important weekend before Christmas is likely to benefit consumer electronics chains like Best Buy and home improvement retailers...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- A judge on Thursday said she would require consumers suing Google over its Android smartphone operating system to submit more factual details in order for an antitrust lawsuit to proceed, at a time when the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure. The lawsuit filed earlier this year says Google Inc requires Android...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing in San Jose, California, federal court is over the lawsuit filed by two smartphone consumers who say...

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. "The conversation about BlackBerry has changed in the last year," Chief Executive John Chen said as he launched the Classic at Manhattan's...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic device on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Waterloo, Ontario- based mobile technology said the new device, which bears a striking similarity to its once-bestselling Bold and Curve...

  • Hard to be bullish with Russia  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    The sharp decline in the Russian ruble has led to the public's faith in the ruble evaporating, says Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, who thinks the public seem "bearish".

  • Why T-Mobile is offering data rollover: CEO Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET
    John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile at Code Mobile.

    T-Mobile's plan to allow customers to roll over unused data attacks an infuriating aspect of wireless plans, CEO John Legere said.