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  • BEIJING, Jan 16- China's Xiaomi Inc, the world's third-biggest smartphone maker, will invest in Indian start-ups and overseas media content, Hugo Barra, vice president of the company's global division, said in an interview on Friday. India is already the largest market for us outside of mainland China, "Barra said. The privately held company has risen to become the...

  • *Ibiden, Shinko Electric fall on Intel's weaker-than-expected forecast. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. nearing a one-month low of...

  • SAYS EXPORTS OF SOFTWARE, COMMUNICATIONS HARDWARE AND DEVICES, INCLUDING MOBILE PHONES, COMPUTERS AND TELEVISIONS, WILL NOT NEED A LICENSE.

  • China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with new phone Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:18 AM ET

    BEIJING— Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The new Xiaomi could add to competition for Apple Inc. in China, a market CEO Tim Cook has said is expected to become its biggest. Xiaomi "is a respected brand that already has an Apple- like following" in China, said analyst Brian Blair, who tracks mobile device makers at...

  • *Books record net profit, revenue in 2014 on Apple strength. TAIPEI, Jan 15- Apple Inc chip supplier TSMC reported record net profit on Thursday and said the proliferation of low-priced, chip-hungry smartphones in China could see the company expand production in the world's biggest handset market. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, whose chips company...

  • Dwindling growth options push Samsung Elec to M&A Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    SEOUL, Jan 15- With a bid for Blackberry Ltd, South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics may be signalling that it has run out of internal options to reverse its sliding profits and protect its shrinking lead in the global smartphone market. Earnings from its mobile division, once a reliable cash cow, shrank rapidly last year, outsold by Apple Inc's iPhones in the...

  • BEIJING, Jan 15- China's Xiaomi Inc staked its claim to Apple Inc's crown on Thursday as the world's third-biggest smartphone maker and most valuable tech start-up unveiled the flagship Mi Note, its challenger to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. Chief Executive Lei Jun introduced the Mi Note in Beijing with a breakdown of the large-screen phone's technical features,...

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas— GameStop's shares are rising in premarket trading Wednesday as the company said that video game demand was strong during the holiday period. GameStop Corp. said that the increase was driven by a 94.4 percent rise in PS4 and Xbox One software, including titles like Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V and...

  • Samsung starts sales of $90 Tizen smartphone in India Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. started selling a $90 smartphone in India on Wednesday that runs on the company's Tizen software, its first major break from Google's Android operating system in the mobile phone market. The Samsung Z1 went on sale for 5,700 rupees, one of the cheapest phones that Samsung has launched. The Z1 smartphone was unveiled in...

  • SEOUL/ NEW DELHI, Jan 14- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched the first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a major development in the tech giant's aim to build a software ecosystem to rival Google Inc's Android. The Z1 device went on sale in India in Wednesday for 5,700 rupees each, targeting first-time smartphone buyers, the...

  • SEOUL/ NEW DEHLI, Jan 14- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a major development in the tech giant's ambition to build a software ecosystem to rival Android. The Z1 went on sale in India for 5,700 rupees each, targeting users looking for their first smartphone, the world's No.1...

  • China shares inch up, bolstered by banking stocks Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:56 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 14- China stocks edged higher at midday on Wednesday, with strong gains for banking shares outweighing falls for manufacturing counters. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 0.2 percent, to 24,271.10 points. "Bank shares are still relatively undervalued and have the potential to continue rising so they are likely to further rebound," said Tian...

  • Jan 13- GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video game products, said December same-store store sales rose 4.4 percent, driven by higher demand for games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4.. GameStop said it now estimated same-store sales to fall 1-2.5 percent in the fourth quarter ending January.

  • GameStop's December same-store sales up 4.4 pct Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    Jan 13- Video game retailer GameStop Corp said December comparable store sales rose 4.4 percent, driven by higher demand for games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4.. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products rose about 10 percent to $36 in extended trading. New software sales grew 5.8 percent during the...

  • UPDATE 2-SanDisk's memory chip sales weak, shares fall Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    Jan 12- SanDisk Corp said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to be lower than its forecast, citing weaker-than-expected sales of retail products and flash memory storage chips. SanDisk's warning also spooked investors in rival Micron Technology, whose stock was down 5 percent. Analysts said SanDisk's weak revenue forecast was partly due to a glut in the...

  • SanDisk cuts revenue forecast, shares fall Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    SanDisk said it expects revenue to be lower than it had forecast, citing weaker-than-expected sales of retail products and NAND storage chips.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Jan 12- Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialised, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The discussions, at a private dinner when Zuckerberg visited Beijing in...

  • UPDATE 1-SanDisk cuts revenue forecast, shares fall Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Jan 12- SanDisk Corp said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to be lower than it had forecast, citing weaker-than-expected sales of retail products and NAND storage chips. SanDisk, which is increasingly using its chips to build and sell solid-state drives directly to companies and consumers, had already warned of supply constraints for the quarter.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. government to weigh in on whether the justices should hear a closely watched copyright dispute between Google Inc and Oracle Corp over software used to design Google's Android smartphone operating system. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming Google had improperly incorporated parts of its Java...

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- Canon Inc and other Japanese electronics companies want to bring production of some goods back home, reversing a years-old trend of overseas manufacturing as a rapid decline in the value of the yen makes local goods more competitive. Sharp Corp is also looking at lifting the ratio of LCD televisions and refrigerators made in Japan to counter the...