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  • July 24- Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone features "gimmicks"- such as 3 D effects and object scanner- that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple Inc iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said.

  • Swatch denies Apple smartwatch collaboration Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:18 AM ET
    Swatch watches are displayed at the launch of the Scuba Libre collection in New York.

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch.

  • Samsung ‘slam’ video takes a second bite of Apple Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    Samsung releases video poking fun at the Apple users' apparent excitement over the iPhone 6's rumoured new screen size.

  • July 24- Shares of Facebook Inc hit a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world's No. 1 social network trounce analysts' expectations for quarterly profit and revenue.

  • Euro inches up from 8-month low on upbeat surveys Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. Those measures were proposed after a Malaysian Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, killing 298, possibly by a missile furnished by Russia.

  • Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 3 years: Analyst Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:38 AM ET
    The Apple logo is displayed at the Upper West Side Apple store in New York.

    Apple could be "obsolete" in three years, due to increasing competition in the technology sector, one analyst told CNBC.

  • *Q2 op profit 606 bln won vs 524 bln won analyst view. SEOUL, July 24- LG Electronics Inc signaled further improvement in its mobile business after record smartphone sales propelled the South Korean manufacturer to its highest quarterly profit in more than three years.

  • BEIJING, July 24- The mobile industry has long held that Samsung's broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets. Apple Inc's latest quarterly results showed sales of its high-end phones in China grew at nearly twice the pace analysts had expected.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. LONDON, July 24- The euro pulled off 8- month lows against the dollar on Thursday after the bloc's private sector expanded at its fastest rate in three months in July, and emerging equities hovered near 17- month highs after strong Chinese data.

  • European shares edge lower on mixed earnings, PMIs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 AM ET

    The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 slipped 0.2 percent in early trade to 1,372.80 points, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and the UK down 0.3 to 0.6 percent.

  • Nokia ups networks profit guidance; shares soar Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:40 AM ET

    Slimmed-down technology firm Nokia on Thursday upped its full-year profit guidance at its core Networks unit.

  • Apple could be 'obsolete' in 2-3 years: Pro     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    Pedro De Noronha, managing partner at Noster Capital, discusses the "make believe" valuations of technology stocks such as Netflix, adding that Apple could be "obsolete" in two to three years.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hit record high. The HSBC flash PMI for China came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, and Australia notched another six-year peak.

  • SK Hynix's chip sales slow, posts dip in Q2 profit Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:51 AM ET
    A view of the main gate of the Hynix semiconductor plant in Icheon, South Korea.

    SK Hynix said shipment growth would slow in the third quarter as it posted its first drop in quarterly profit in two years.

  • LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:38 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— LG Electronics Inc. reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit Thursday and gave an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ended a streak of losses. Like other South Korean exporters, LG Electronics said the strength of the country's currency, the won, eroded its oversea profits.

  • Can Facebook sustain its bumper earnings? Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:25 AM ET

    Social media giant Facebook reported bumper earnings growth on Wednesday, but some analysts have called into question how long the party will last.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.

  • FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 23- Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. SYDNEY, July 24- Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent.