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  • *Baidu will continue aggressive investment strategy in 2014. SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Feb 27- Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc is poised to make more acquisitions this year to entice smartphone users to tap into its services, a strategy that will put it on a collision course with bigger rivals like Tencent Holdings Ltd..

  • Boeing's tamper-proof phone is aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure, according to Boeing and filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

  • Boeing offering 'black phone' for secure communications Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    The Boeing Black Smartphone is based on Google Inc's Android operating system and built into a black, tamper-proof handset capable of accessing multiple cell networks instead of a single network like a normal cellphone, according to Boeing and filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

  • Smartphone wars shift from gadgetry to price Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    BARCELONA, Feb 26- The mobile phone industry is now looking to the fast-growing demand for smartphones priced at $100 or below as the market for fancier high-end devices has become saturated, but not all handset makers are able or willing to trade down.

  • Global smartphone growth to fall sharply in 2014 - IDC Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26- Growth in global smartphone shipments will fall sharply this year and keep slowing through 2018, with average prices dropping significantly as demand shifts to China and other developing countries, according to market research firm IDC.

  • UPDATE 1-Sony to shutter 20 retail stores in the U.S. Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    Feb 26- Sony Corp's electronic unit said on Wednesday it is closing 20 retail stores in the United States and cutting 1,000 jobs, as the TV and game console maker tries to stem losses and regain market share. Sony has a total of 31 retail stores in the U.S.

  • Sony to shutter 20 retail stores in the U.S. Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    Feb 26- Sony Corp's electronic unit said on Wednesday it is closing 20 retail stores in the United States and cutting 1,000 jobs, as the TV and game console maker tries to stem losses and regain market share.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would give mobile-phone users the right to "unlock" their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, although Senate action was uncertain. It is not known whether the Senate will consider the bill.

  • U.S. House passes bill on mobile phone 'unlocking' Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would give mobile phone users the right to "unlock" their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, although Senate action was uncertain.

  • Feb 25- Chipmaker Avago Technologies Limited said it expects current-quarter sales to decline 3-6 percent from the first quarter as it lost revenue from a smartphone maker, which analysts said could be Apple Inc.

  • Chipmaker Avago forecasts sequential revenue decline Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    Feb 25- Chipmaker Avago Technologies Limited said it expects second-quarter sales to decline 3-6 percent from the first quarter as it lost revenue from a smartphone manufacturer. Avago's customers include Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd..

  • BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 24- Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.

  • Feb 24- U.S. solar installer SolarCity Corp said it expects to install fewer panels in the first quarter, sending its shares down 6 percent after the bell. SolarCity said in October that it would acquire Zep Solar, a maker of mounting systems for residential solar panels, for about $158 million in stock. SolarCity shares were at $75.25 after market close on Monday.

  • *Blackphone unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The latest contender is the Blackphone, which runs on a customised version of Google's Android software and encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats was launched in the Spanish Pavilion at the annual Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona on Monday.

  • *Offer of $9.73 per TriQuint share at 5.4 pct premium to Friday close. Feb 24- Chipmaker RF Micro Devices Inc will buy peer TriQuint Semiconductor Inc for about $1.6 billion to capture a larger share of the market for chips supplied to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd..

  • Chipmaker RF Micro to buy TriQuint for $1.6 billion Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Radio frequency chipmakers RF Micro Devices will buy peer TriQuint Semiconductor for about $1.6 billion in an all-stock deal to create a company that could better compete in selling chips to mobile-handset makers.

  • Mobile privacy sells in post-Snowden world Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    *Deutsche Telekom prepares to launch encryption app. The latest contender is the Blackphone, an Android software-based mobile which encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats and will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

  • Feb 24- Radio frequency chipmakers RF Micro Devices Inc will buy peer TriQuint Semiconductor Inc for about $1.6 billion in an all-stock deal to create a company that could better compete in selling chips to mobile-handset makers. TriQuint's shares jumped 29 percent in premarket trading to $11.9, above the implied offer price of $9.73.

  • BARCELONA, Feb 24- Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it will make a partial return to the smartphone market with two high-cost models, marketed at business customers as counterparts to its hard-wearing Toughbook laptops and Toughpad tablets.