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SINGAPORE, Oct 16- London copper prices were little changed on Wednesday as the market waited to see if U.S. lawmakers could hammer out a last-minute fiscal deal before the U.S. government's authority to borrow lapses on Thursday. The latest word from Washington was that a deal between Senate leaders was not imminent, although lawmakers said agreement was close.
*Deal for stake would be worth more than $1 billion- Nikkei. TOKYO, Oct 16- SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a stake in U.S. wireless device distributor Brightstar Corp that media reported could be worth more than $1 billion and boost its bargaining power with hardware suppliers.
TOKYO/ HELSINKI, Oct 15- Japanese tech and telecoms group SoftBank Corp is to buy into Finnish mobile gaming company Supercell in a deal that values the three-year-old maker of hit game Clash of Clans at $3 billion.
*Vodafone tells government it will raise local unit stake. NEW DELHI, Oct 15- Vodafone Group Plc has told the Indian government it plans to invest more than $2 billion in the country, a victory for a policy change designed to boost foreign interest and thin out the crowd of a dozen players in the mobile phone market.
HANGZHOU, China, Oct 14- Alibaba Group's plans to revolutionise China's retail industry, investing $16 billion in logistics and support by 2020, will open up China's vast interior and bring access to hundreds of millions of potential new customers.
FRANKFURT, Oct 13- China's Huawei, one of the world's largest telecoms network infrastructure providers, is not planning any large takeovers because it would be unable to integrate them, Deputy Chairman Guo Ping was reported as saying in German paper Welt am Sonntag.
*Sony to remain focused on Europe, Japan markets. TOKYO, Oct 11- Kazuo Hirai's plan to restore Sony Corp to lasting profitability rests in large part on its smartphones leapfrogging rivals to become the world's third-biggest sellers after the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy series.
TOKYO, Oct 11- Sony Corp will move cautiously in tackling key overseas smartphone markets such as the United States and China as it strives to become the third-biggest smartphone maker in the world, CEO Kazuo Hirai told journalists on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Micron Technology posted a smaller-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter net profit on Thursday but the chipmaker's shares held steady on expectations memory chip supplies will be constrained following a recent fire at a competitor's factory.
*Indonesia usually supplies more than a quarter of world exports. More than half of global tin goes into solder used in electronics, to make circuit boards for products ranging from smartphones to tablets produced by firms such as Blackberry and LG Electronics.
But for BlackBerry, the embattled smartphone maker, Ottawa's decision may not make much difference as primarily North American companies appear to be interested in acquiring the parts of the company that would raise security concerns.
Wi-Lan, which has a string of patent lawsuits against smartphone makers, alleged in December last year that BlackBerry- then known as Research In Motion Ltd- had infringed a patent related to Bluetooth technologies.
SEOUL, Oct 9- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible- even unbreakable- screens.
SEOUL, Oct 9- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched a variant of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved display, moving a step closer to introducing wearable devices with flexible screens.
TAINAN, Taiwan, Oct 9- Top contract chip maker TSMC may have outsmarted rivals Samsung Electronics Co and Intel Corp in the race to build the tiniest and most powerful chips for smartphones and tablets by building big.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Intel Corp talked up new chips on Tuesday aimed at medical equipment, automobile entertainment systems and other devices far from its shrinking core market of personal computers.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Oct 7- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd expects to find a local partner, register a joint venture and start building the infrastructure to manufacture mobile phone handsets in Indonesia next year.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Oct 7- Foxconn Technology Group expects to find a local partner, register a joint venture and start building the infrastructure to manufacture mobile phone handsets in Indonesia next year. Last year, Indonesia said the company was planning to invest $5- 10 billion over five to 10 years and would produce about 3 million handsets a year.
TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan's HTC Corp slid into the red for the first time in the third quarter, adding to the case for the troubled smartphone maker to abandon its prized independence and reach out for a white knight soon.
SEOUL, Oct 4- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is on track to post its second consecutive year of record earnings as a rebound in its semiconductor business shields the South Korean tech giant from a slower smartphone market. The market further tightened following a fire in early September at a China plant owned by SK Hynix, the world's No.2 chipmaker.