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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Every Mobile World Congress in the past four years has featured an announcement about one of these operating systems. This year is no different, as handset makers, carriers and chipmakers try to break the stranglehold that Google Inc and Apple Inc have on the software that runs the world's mobile phones.

  • BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 23- China's Huawei Technologies believes it can take advantage of recent changes in how operators in the United States sell phones to get a foothold in the all-important market, an executive with its consumer division said on Sunday.

  • SEOUL, Feb 24- LG Electronics Inc aims to broaden its range of smartphones so sales this year grow at double the rate of the market, as the South Korean company seeks to retake the position of world's third-biggest maker.

  • 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.