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  • From Qualcomm and Intel to MediaTek, Marvell and Broadcom, the suppliers of the crucial components that power smartphone applications and drive high-speed wireless connections are scrambling to capitalize on opportunities taking shape as Chinese brands and telecoms carriers such as China Mobile gear up for 4 G LTE, or Long-Term Evolution.

  • P&G's smart toothbrush keeps tabs on tooth care Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 5:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 20- Procter& Gamble Co is bringing the dentist into the bathroom with the world's first smartphone-connected toothbrush, a device that gives personalised advice to help people improve their brushing. "The app provides real-time guidance," Michael Cohen-Dumani, global associate director for Oral-B, told Reuters.

  • BlackBerry CEO assails T-Mobile US promo Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Chen

    BlackBerry CEO John Chen criticized T-Mobile, calling ill-conceived a promotion that encourages customers using BlackBerrys to upgrade to iPhones.

  • In a Twitter posting on Sunday, Legere said T-Mobile would continue to support BlackBerry smartphones and he assured BlackBerry users they do not have to give up their devices or "loyalty.

  • TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen fired a salvo at T-Mobile US Inc on Tuesday, calling ill-conceived a promotion run by the company that encourages customers using BlackBerry smartphones to upgrade to iPhones.

  • TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry shares rose more than 6 percent in early trading on Tuesday after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smartphone maker and technology company.

  • *Third Point not on top Sony shareholder list at Dec. 31. *Third Point called for spin off of Sony entertainment arm. Third Point, which said last year it had bought up a 7 percent stake in Sony and pressured the Japanese company to spin off its entertainment business, held 1.64 percent of Sony shares registered in its own name as of end-September.

  • TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan Display, the world's biggest maker of screens for tablets and smartphones, gained approval from the Tokyo stock exchange for a listing of around $3.8 billion as the company taps one of Asia's best performing equity markets in the past year.

  • BEIJING, Feb 13- The explosive growth of smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, has come to a halt as unit shipments declined for the first time in more than two years, data firm IDC said on Thursday.

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year.

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, seeking to woo customers ahead of a rival offering from market leader Samsung Electronics later this month.

  • *Expects second-qtr adj EPS $0.25- $0.29/ shr vs est $0.27. Feb 12- Applied Materials Inc, the biggest maker of equipment used to make semiconductors, reported a 39 percent jump in first-quarter revenue as higher demand from manufacturers of flash memory chips helped to offset weak sales to makers of logic chips.

  • Sony in talks to expand deal with Apple: Report Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Sony is in talks with Apple to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported.

  • Feb 12- Sony Corp is in talks with Apple Inc to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported. Apple could be looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the front, which currently uses parts from suppliers in the United States and elsewhere, the business daily said.

  • BERLIN/ DUESSELDORF, Feb 11- German retailer Metro AG reined in full-year profit expectations on Tuesday after a dip in first-quarter earnings, largely due to lower real-estate income and the strong euro.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 10- EU regulators will rule on antitrust cases against Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility in April, the European Commission said on Monday as it seeks to end the so-called patent wars between smartphone makers.

  • Taiwan's MediaTek Inc, the leading chip supplier for Chinese smartphones, is barreling into the U.S. market with a new major global branding campaign and setting up shop in San Diego, California, home to Qualcomm.

  • Feb 6- Outerwall Inc raised its share buyback program by $500 million to about $650 million, and named a Warner Bros Home Entertainment executive to run its Redbox video-rental business. Outerwall shares rose 10 percent in extended trading after the company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by cost cuts.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 6- Activision Blizzard Inc reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter income on strong sales of its "Call of Duty" titles during the holidays, helping drive its stock to a five-year high despite a middling first-quarter outlook.

  • Feb 6- Outerwall Inc raised its share buyback program by $500 million to about $650 million, and named a Warner Bros Home Entertainment executive to run its Redbox video-rental business. Outerwall shares rose 10 percent in extended trading after the company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by cost cuts.