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  • Smartphones must include 'kill switch' under bill Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen. Mark Leno, D- San Francisco, passed the state Assembly 51-18 Thursday and will return to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

  • INSIGHT-Samsung's next reinvention challenge: itself Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, Aug 7- As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself- to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.

  • BlackBerry launched the service to manage rival devices on its BES system a year ago, as part of a move to help it sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, their workers use smartphones made by competitors.

  • Aug 1- Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business.

  • BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service.

  • Your USB device is more dangerous than you think Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

    "You cannot tell where the virus came from. It is almost like a magic trick," said one cybersecurity researcher of the USB vulnerability.

  • One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.

  • BOSTON, July 31- USB devices such as keyboards, thumb-drives and mice can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

  • *Sony warns will just break even on smartphones this FY. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, but said restructuring will help it turn a profit in its loss-making consumer electronics division for the first time in four years.

  • BOSTON, July 31- USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lower printer sales hurt Xerox's revenue Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    July 25- Xerox Corp reported a 2 percent fall in second-quarter revenue, hurt by lower demand in its printing business. Net income attributable to Xerox fell to $266 million, or 22 cents per share, for the quarter ended June 30, from $271 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell to $5.29 billion from $5.39 billion a year earlier.

  • 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.

  • *Q2 op profit 606 bln won vs 524 bln won analyst view. SEOUL, July 24- LG Electronics Inc signaled further improvement in its mobile business after record smartphone sales propelled the South Korean manufacturer to its highest quarterly profit in more than three years.

  • UPDATE 1-Apple revenue lags Street forecasts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, after selling 35.2 million iPhones in an increasingly competitive smartphone market. Shares in Apple held steady at $94.72 on Nasdaq after the news.

  • Apple revenue lags Street forecasts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- Apple Inc posted a worse-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, after selling 35.2 million iPhones into an increasingly competitive smartphone market.