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  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Jan 12- Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialised, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The discussions, at a private dinner when Zuckerberg visited Beijing in...

  • UPDATE 1-SanDisk cuts revenue forecast, shares fall Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Jan 12- SanDisk Corp said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to be lower than it had forecast, citing weaker-than-expected sales of retail products and NAND storage chips. SanDisk, which is increasingly using its chips to build and sell solid-state drives directly to companies and consumers, had already warned of supply constraints for the quarter.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. government to weigh in on whether the justices should hear a closely watched copyright dispute between Google Inc and Oracle Corp over software used to design Google's Android smartphone operating system. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming Google had improperly incorporated parts of its Java...

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- Canon Inc and other Japanese electronics companies want to bring production of some goods back home, reversing a years-old trend of overseas manufacturing as a rapid decline in the value of the yen makes local goods more competitive. Sharp Corp is also looking at lifting the ratio of LCD televisions and refrigerators made in Japan to counter the...

  • SEOUL, Jan 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said its fourth-quarter profit likely fell 37.4 percent, confirming expectations for its first year of profit decline since 2011 as it struggles to retain its crown as global smartphone leader. The South Korean tech giant lost market share for three consecutive quarters up to July-September, and analysts...

  • SEOUL, Jan 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said its fourth-quarter profit likely fell 37.4 percent, confirming its first year of annual profit decline since 2011 as it struggles to retain its crown as global smartphone leader. The South Korean tech giant lost market share for three consecutive quarters up to July-September, and analysts say the trend...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Sony Corp Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai on Monday praised employees and partners of the company's Hollywood movie studio for standing up to "extortionist efforts" of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment in November. "Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are lifelines of Sony and our entertainment business," Hirai said...

  • TOKYO, Jan 6- Sony Corp's sales of PlayStation 4 video game consoles exceeded 18.5 million units as of Jan. 4, up from 13.5 million at the end of October, showing solid holiday demand and a bright spot for a company recovering from a massive cyber-attack. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said last month that holiday sales in Europe were so strong that it...

  • Facebook acquires voice recognition firm Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 5- Facebook Inc acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and Internet- connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones. The 18- month old company, based in Palo Alto, California, makes software that can understand spoken words as well as written...

  • SEOUL, Jan 6- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched a lineup of high-tech premium TVs on Tuesday, calling on its original mainstay devices to help avert a second consecutive year of profit decline. The world's biggest smartphone maker likely ended 2014 with its global handset market share reduced by Chinese upstarts such as Xiaomi Inc. With its...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...