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  • 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.

  • 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.