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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 25- Google Inc launched an initiative on Wednesday to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet company's reach into workplaces. Google said it is partnering with more than two dozen companies including Blackberry Ltd, Citrix Systems Inc, Box Inc..

  • What's different with the new feature, called Opera Max with App Pass, is that it is no longer confined solely to Opera browser users. Instead, App Pass works with any browser or mobile app that an Android phone user may choose to use. European and Asian operator Telenor will be the first partner with Opera and launch Opera Max with App Pass, testing it in some of the...

  • JAKARTA/ WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world's last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off. "The United States shares these concerns, and strongly supports ensuring that...

  • TOKYO, Feb 23- Japan Inc sees no need for an aggressive pursuit of a 2 percent inflation goal or additional monetary easing, a Reuters poll showed- a stance that supports the central bank's recent softer tone on achieving its consumer price target in the near future. Analysts, however, expect the Bank of Japan to embark on more stimulus later this year, topping up its...

  • Feb 20- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Google Inc of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers that use its Android operating system to make the search engine company's own applications the default option. Consumers claimed that Google required companies such as Samsung Electronics Co to favor Google apps such as YouTube...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan Display Inc is considering building a plant to supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc, which may shoulder much of the 200 billion yen investment, Japanese media said on Friday. Japan Display, formed in a government-backed deal in 2012 from the ailing display units of Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, has endured a rocky spell since its...

  • UPDATE 1-InterDigital loses another round in patent fight Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    InterDigital had sued phone maker Nokia and ZTE Corp over patents used in the phones. Since the suit was filed, Nokia's handset business was purchased by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft was pleased with the decision, said spokesman David Cuddy.

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Sony Corp aims to boost operating profit 25- fold within three years by growing its camera sensors and PlayStation units, its chief executive said, outlining a strategy that could see the company exit the cut-throat TV and smartphone sectors. Sony would instead focus its spending on more profitable businesses such as camera sensors, videogames...

  • ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties- months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter- shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business. As anticipated by ZTE, a key term in the settlement dissolved Qualcomm's cross-licensing...

  • Feb 13- Chip maker Freescale Semiconductor has hired investment bankers to explore a possible sale, the New York Post reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Samsung Electronics may consider buying Freescale, which makes chips used in automobiles, consumer products, telecommunications infrastructure and...

  • *Baidu Q4 revenue 14.05 bln yuan vs. 14.12 bln estimate. BEIJING/ BENGALURU, Feb 12- Baidu Inc's shift to smartphones has come at a cost: the Chinese internet firm forecast lower-than-expected revenue growth for the first quarter as its share from less profitable mobile browsing grows at the expense of PC searches. Baidu shares fell more than 9 percent in...

  • *Probe follows record fine against Qualcomm in China. SEOUL, Feb 12- South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is investigating Qualcomm Inc, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday, adding to antitrust woes for the U.S. chipmaker following a record fine it agreed to pay in China. Qualcomm, the Fair Trade Commission and Samsung Electronics declined to...

  • Feb 11- Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes semiconductor equipment and made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand from foundry customers. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue,...

  • Feb 11- Semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand for logic chips. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue, declined 2.6...

  • *Russia's Yota signs first big distribution deal in China. FRANKFURT, Feb 11- Russia's Yota Devices, the maker of a dual-screen smartphone which has so far proved a flop with consumers, has reached its first mass market distribution deal with an agreement to sell phones in China through state-backed Potevio Co.. The YotaPhone has enjoyed the high-profile...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The New York Times Co, J.C. Penney Corp and CBS Corp lost a round on Tuesday in a patent fight with Helferich Patent Licensing LLC, which had accused them of infringing on patents for looking at websites on mobile telephones. Between mid-2010 and March 2012, Helferich filed complaints against the New York Times, J.C. Penney Corp, G4 Media LLC, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The New York Times Co, J.C. Penney Corp and CBS Corp lost a round Tuesday in a patent fight with Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC, which had accused them of infringing on patents for looking at websites on mobile telephones. Between mid-2010 and March 2012, Helferich filed complaints against the New York Times, J.C. Penney Corp, G4 Media LLC, the...

  • BlackBerry names new chief security officer Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    TORONTO, Feb 10- BlackBerry Ltd named David Kleidermacher as its chief security officer on Tuesday, moving to further bolster the smartphone maker's credentials with security-conscious clients, including big players in the defense, automotive and healthcare sectors. Green Hills' technologies power systems as diverse as medical devices and aircraft made...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 10- Facebook has tied up with India's Reliance Communications to provide basic internet services on mobile phones for free, making India the first country in Asia to get Facebook's Internet.org service. The service is run by Internet.org, the non-profit organisation whose backers also include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Qualcomm and Opera Software,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Feb 10- Even after agreeing to pay a record near- $1 billion fine in China for antitrust violations, U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc faces big challenges in its most important market. As low-cost, low-margin Chinese smartphone manufacturers such as Xiaomi Inc and Huawei Technologies push into other developing markets, they are driving down...