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By Michael Gold and Faith Hung. TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan's HTC Corp slid into the red for the first time in the third quarter, with sales hit hard by fierce competition in the smartphone market, supply chain constraints and internal turmoil. HTC lacks the scale of bigger rivals Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and its troubles this year have only multiplied.
SEOUL, Oct 4- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated its July-September earnings rose 25 percent to a record $9.4 billion as a strong recovery in memory chip prices helped counter a slowdown in the South Korean company's smartphone business.
SEOUL, Oct 4- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated its July-September operating profit rose 25 percent to a record 10.1 trillion won as a strong recovery in memory chip sales countered weakening earnings growth at its mobile devices business.
*Q3 operating profit seen up 24 pct to $9.3 bln. SEOUL, Oct 4- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is on track to post a record $9.3 billion quarterly profit as a rebound in its semiconductor business shields the South Korean tech giant from a slower smartphone market.
A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that private equity group Cerberus Capital Management LP was considering an offer for BlackBerry, which put itself on the block in August after bleeding market share to other smartphone makers.
*China's home appliance market expected reach $105 bln in next two years. HONG KONG, Sept 30- Investment company KKR& Co LP said it had agreed to buy a 10- percent stake in Qingdao Haier Co Ltd, gaining exposure to China's home appliances market with its biggest investment in the country to date.
LONDON, Oct 1- Britain's The Times newspaper said on Tuesday it would no longer make its mobile app available on a Blackberry because few people used it, in another sign that rival smartphone makers are trumping its technology.
TORONTO, Sept 27- BlackBerry Ltd reported a quarterly loss of nearly $1 billion on Friday, in line with a warning it gave last week, just days after the smartphone maker accepted its largest shareholder's tentative $4.7 billion bid to take it private.
However, a person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to publicly discuss financial details of the deal, said Carlyle would invest $500 million in Beats Electronics, valuing it at over $1 billion. Beats Electronics also said it agreed to buy back the minority stake held by Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp in the company.
However, concern among traders in Europe and the United States that a speculative indium bubble could be forming on the Kunming Fanya Metal Exchange may cap spot prices outside China- at least until commodity houses see a sustained improvement in demand from makers of screens for phones, TVs and computers.
Sept 26- Ebay Inc will buy payment gateway Braintree for about $800 million to strengthen its PayPal unit's presence on mobile devices and take out a rapidly growing rival. The deal gives Ebay access to Braintree's Venmo, an app that lets consumers make payments on smartphones and tablets, an area in which EBay wants to be more involved.
TORONTO/ NEW YORK, Sept 25- Shares in BlackBerry Ltd fell more than 6 percent on Wednesday on doubts about a $4.7 billion bid to take the smartphone maker private, and after a big U.S. carrier said it would stop stocking BlackBerry smartphones in its stores.
*Wal-Mart shares down after report it will curtail orders. NEW YORK, Sept 25- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday and the S&P 500 put in a fifth day of losses, its longest losing streak since the end of 2012, on jitters funding for the federal government would run out and after a drop in shares of Wal-Mart Stores.
NEW YORK, Sept 25- T-Mobile US Inc, the No. 4 U.S. wireless service provider, plans to stop carrying BlackBerry Ltd smartphones in its stores and instead ship the devices directly, according to an executive for the company.
NEW YORK/ HELSINKI, Sept 25- Nokia is discussing internally whether to approach French rival Alcatel-Lucent about a tie-up, part of the Finnish company's review of how it can grow after the planned sale of its handset business to Microsoft Corp, several people close to the matter said.
MOSCOW, Sept 25- Russian home electronics and white goods retailer M.video is confident that consumers will continue to spend rather than save, despite a sharp economic slowdown. Across Europe, retailers are struggling as government efforts to bring down national debts reduces disposable incomes.
TAIPEI, Sept 25- Taiwan's export orders in August came in well below expectations, with those from China stalling but U.S. ones up nearly 10 percent on continued demand in the electronics sector.
*Applied shares rise 9 pct, Tokyo Electron jumps 13 pct. Sept 25- Applied Materials Inc agreed to buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal worth more than $10 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.
SEOUL, Sept 25- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will introduce a smartphone with a curved display in October, as the world's top handset maker seeks to set the pace of hardware innovation and maintain its supremacy in a fiercely competitive business.
*Applied Materials shareholders to hold 68 pct of company. Sept 24- Applied Materials Inc will buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal valued at more than $7 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.