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*China's home appliance market forecast to be worth $105 bln by 2015- Euromonitor. HONG KONG, Aug 27- Chinese white goods makers like Haier Electronics Group Co Ltd are muscling in on their distributors and expanding into logistics and e-commerce in a bid to win the fierce battle for margins in the world's biggest home appliance market.
SEATTLE, Aug 25- Microsoft Corp takes on Google's Motorola Mobility unit this week in the second of two landmark trials between the companies that delve into hot disputes over the patents behind smartphone and Internet technology.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced on Friday that he would retire in 2014, 13 years after he took over the dominant personal computer software company and tried to steer it into growing markets like video games, portable music players, smartphones and tablets.
Aug 22- GameStop Corp, the world's largest video game products retailer, said it raised its full-year earnings forecast as it expects a ramp up in sales on strong pre-orders for upcoming game consoles from Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp.. GameStop's shares were up over 12 percent at $53.49 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Aug 22- GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video game products, raised its full-year earnings forecast, citing strong pre-orders for the upcoming game consoles from Microsoft and Sony. GameStop's shares were up about 14 percent in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
TOKYO, Aug 22- Japanese manufacturers' optimism improved to the highest level in three years, a Reuters poll showed, as a weak yen boosted earnings for exporters of textiles, chemicals, steel and other metals.
OTTAWA, Aug 21- The Canadian government is watching smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd carefully as it explores options including sale of the company but will not comment on its affairs, Industry Minister James Moore said on Wednesday.
HELSINKI/ NEW YORK, Aug 21- Nokia plans to unveil new, large-screen mobile handsets next month to revamp its Lumia smartphone lineup and challenge rival Samsung's dominance in increasingly popular phablet devices, sources said.
OSAKA, Japan, Aug 21- Panasonic Corp will expand its lithium-ion battery business, which last year added to a near-record net loss but is now contributing to a turnaround strategy targeting the auto sector, people familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Aug 21- Japan's corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world and getting companies to use more of their earnings to invest and hire is crucial to the economic renaissance promised by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
SINGAPORE/ TAIPEI, Aug 21- Now in his tenth year as CEO of HTC Corp, Peter Chou is lauded as the architect of the Taiwanese firm's award-winning smartphones.
Aug 15- Chip gear maker Applied Materials said it expects foundry customers to hold back spending in the current quarter as they switch to making smaller chips.
Aug 15- Applied Materials, which makes equipment used to manufacture chips, forecast quarterly results below market estimates after third-quarter results missed analysts' expectation as demand fell from the company's foundry customers.
Aug 15- Applied Materials reported lower quarterly revenue because of a fall in demand for its equipment used in manufacturing chips. Net income fell to $168 million, or 14 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $218 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier.
*Offer of $23 per share represents a 55 pct premium. Aug 15- Chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products Inc said it would buy Volterra Semiconductor Corp for about $605 million to strengthen its business that makes low-energy chips. Maxim's chips are used in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's high-end Galaxy smartphones such as S4 and Note 2..
Aug 15- Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's largest PC maker, booked a forecast-beating 23 percent jump in April-June net profit to deliver its second-best quarterly earnings, as its push into smartphones and tablets begins to bear fruit.
Aug 13- ExOne Co, which makes 3- D printers, reported second-quarter sales below analysts' estimates and forecast 2013 revenue at the lower end of its guidance, hurt by a weak Yen. For the second quarter, net loss narrowed to $1.1 million, or 8 cents per share, from $3.6 million.
*Icahn says Apple is "extremely undervalued". SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 13- Activist investor Carl Icahn said on Tuesday he has amassed a "large position" in Apple Inc and believes the stock could be worth as much as $700 a share if CEO Tim Cook pushed for a larger stock buyback. News of Icahn's interest in Apple pushed the stock up 4.75 percent to $489.57 on the Nasdaq.
BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Aug 14- Tencent Holdings, China's largest Internet company by revenue, is betting that one-upmanship between friends playing addictive mobile games will boost revenue from WeChat, a social messaging app used by over half of all Chinese smartphone users.
*Icahn says Apple is "extremely undervalued". SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 13- Activist investor Carl Icahn said on Tuesday he has built a "large position" in Apple Inc and had a "nice conversation" with CEO Tim Cook about a larger stock buyback, sending the company's shares to a near seven-month high.