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  • *New-look Sony's clearest statement of intent so far. TOKYO, June 30- Japan's Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker, pulling back from consumer goods like TVs that dragged it into losses. In Sony's first new share issue in 26 years, the firm said on Tuesday it...

  • Sprint rolls out all-included rate plan Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 30- Sprint Corp said on Tuesday it will offer an $80 a month cellular phone plan, including both service and smartphone device fees, hoping to draw users who dislike complex price plans and hidden costs. The "All-in" plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones such as the iPhone 6 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, chief marketing...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- Google will add audio and visual alerts to warn drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google's navigation system, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced on Monday. The agency also asked four other companies- Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL's MapQuest- to join similar map partnerships using the agency's data to pinpoint the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music...

  • MELBOURNE, June 26- London copper was on track for its first weekly climb since mid-May on Friday, buoyed by early signs that Chinese stimulus measures may be feeding into fragile support for the market, curbing the impact of a seasonal slowdown in demand. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper traded flat at 41,960 yuan a tonne. *Canada's Teck Resources Ltd said it will...

  • June 25- Micron Technology Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, hurt by a fall in prices and lower demand for its chips used in personal computers, sending its shares down 7.8 percent in after-market trading. Morgan Stanley analysts said last week a sharp rebound they expected in Micron's earnings was delayed at least until the...

  • Taiwan stocks up; tech, Hon Hai family companies rise Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 9:50 PM ET

    TAIPEI, June 25- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday, boosted by a strong showing by the island's key tech sector and companies related to world's No.1 contract electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.. Flat panel maker Innolux Corp and fellow contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, both of which are partially owned by Hon Hai or its...

  • Rocksteady Studios proved with 2009' s "Batman: Arkham Asylum" that a video game inspired by superhero mythology could be an impeccably cerebral affair, not just another name association money grab. In Rocksteady's final take on the Caped Crusader, "Batman: Arkham Knight", the developer has again expanded its virtual Gotham, injected a playable Batmobile and...

  • Attack gave China hackers access to US systems Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    Cyber security hacking

    Chinese intruders executed attack that gave them "administrator privileges" into networks at the Office of Personnel Management. The NYTimes reports.

  • NEW YORK, June 19- Texas Instruments Inc could be gearing up to make the next big deal in what has already been a record-breaking year for semiconductor M&A, industry bankers and analysts said. The Dallas, Texas- based chipmaker, which has a market capitalization of $56 billion, has so far stayed on the sidelines as peers Intel Corp, Avago Technologies Ltd and NXP...

  • *53 pct of firms would see profit plans hurt at 130 yen to dlr. TOKYO, June 19- One-third of Japanese firms say their profit plans for this business year would be hurt at current yen levels around 120 to 125 to the dollar, and that increases to a majority of companies if the currency weakens further to 130, a Reuters poll showed. A week earlier the yen had slid to a 13- year...

  • TOKYO, June 19- Japan's once-mighty electronics makers have lost billions of dollars from TVs but Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp won't quit, saying retreating from the world's living rooms would close the door to more promising businesses. Consumer electronics account for a shrinking portion of income after restructuring focused Sony on gaming and image...

  • HELSINKI, June 16- Nokia said on Tuesday that South Korea's LG Electronics has agreed a deal to use the Finnish company's smartphone patent license but royalty payments will be settled in a lengthy arbitration process. Nokia sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft last year, leaving it focused on its telecoms network equipment business while...

  • Japan Inc faces stormy AGMs in governance shake-up Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 15- Japan's normally sleepy shareholder meetings are set for a shake-up this year as a new corporate governance code encourages disgruntled investors to speak out and forces companies to take demands for better returns more seriously. "The weight of any opposition vote is now heavier," said Nomura Securities analyst Kengo Nishiyama, who...

  • TORONTO, June 11- BlackBerry is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google Inc.' s Android software for the first time, an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter. The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario- based company, which had shunned...

  • MUMBAI, June 11- Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple's iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world's No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players. India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones,...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 10- One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor. Suniva Inc, a Georgia- based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as...

  • *Core orders +3.8 pct m/m vs forecast -2.0 pct. TOKYO, June 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose in April at the fastest pace in four months, in a sign companies are turning more optimistic about business investment as domestic demand strengthens. "Capital expenditure is headed in the right direction, reflecting an improvement in domestic demand,"...

  • The Information Technology Industry Council and the Software and Information Industry Association, representing tech giants, including Apple Inc, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, IBM and Microsoft Corp, fired the latest salvo in what is shaping up to be a long fight over government access into smart phones and other digital devices. White House spokesman Josh...

  • *Sony struggling to keep up with sensor demand- exec. TOKYO, June 9- Sony Corp aims to diversify its client base for image sensors beyond top customer Apple Inc, even as it expects orders from the iPhone maker to help lift sales about 20 percent this fiscal year, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Tomoyuki Suzuki, head of Sony's device solutions business which...