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Bulgaria to seek Toshiba investment in building new reactor

December 12, 2013 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulgaria's state-owned energy company will negotiate with Japan's Toshiba Corp. for investment in building a new reactor at the country's only nuclear power plant, according to local media. Under a government-approved plan, Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD will ask the Japanese heavy machinery maker to provide up to 30 percent of the funding...

SKorea court: Apple didn't violate Samsung patents

December 12, 2013 12:23 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled...

Latin American nations increase usage of bank card and mobile payment in online commerce

December 11, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region. Because of the number of consumers who use mobile phones but have no relationship with a bank, mobile payments also have a great potential for growth.

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JR West unveils train cars equipped with "all possible safety steps"

December 11, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Japan Railway Co. on Monday unveiled train cars that it said incorporate "all possible safety steps," with lessons learned from past accidents. Each car is equipped with sensors to detect derailments and collisions, according to the train company. The train also features an emergency brake that activates automatically...

Sao Paulo Transit completes successful trials of 40-foot BYD pure-electric bus

December 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beginning in March of 2014 there will be two new faces on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In an effort to introduce non-polluting transportation solutions for the people of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Transit ( SPTrans ) has partnered with the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer...

Chinese-Brazilian satellite fails to enter orbit

December 9, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil failed to enter orbit after the rocket carrying it malfunctioned after launch on Monday, state media reported. The high-resolution remote-sensing Ziyuan I-03 satellite was launched aboard a Chinese Long March 4B rocket in northern Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Japan to set up initiative to help small firms enter ASEAN markets

December 6, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government will set up a public-private initiative to support small and medium-sized businesses expand into Association of Southeast Asian Nations markets, a Japan-ASEAN diplomatic source said Friday.The launch of the initiative, at a time Japan is seeking to counter China's growing presence in the ASEAN region...

China bars banks from handling bitcoins

December 5, 2013 10:28 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoins suffered a new setback after China's central bank said Thursday its banks and payment systems are barred from handling the virtual currency.The central bank said bitcoins did not qualify as a currency but private individuals still are allowed to trade them at their own risk.

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Venezuela cyber crackdown ensnares Web's Bitly

December 5, 2013 10:13 am | by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the bearers of the bad news — it's blocking websites people use to track exchange rates on the black market.

Daihatsu recalls 764,053 vehicles over transmission, sensor trouble

December 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include the Move, Tanto and Mira, manufactured between May 2006 and November 2010, the automaker said.

Team of int'l experts to advise on safety culture at TEPCO

December 4, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An international taskforce of nuclear experts will start meeting in January to advise Tokyo Electric Power Co. on safety issues, according to Barbara Judge, who has been called in by the Japanese utility to draw up a new culture and standards. Judge, former chairwoman of Britain's Atomic Energy Authority, is currently assembling a team of six experts...

SBA Communications buys Brazil wireless sites

December 4, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SBA Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to expand its presence in Brazil with the purchase of about 2,000 wireless sites from Oi SA, one of Brazil's largest telecommunications service providers, for about $645 million. The communications tower operator's president and CEO, said that the sites are concentrated...

Tokyo Motor Show ends with visitor numbers up

December 3, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday after drawing more visitors than the previous event. During the 10-day program, 902,800 people visited Tokyo Big Sight, up from around 840,000 in the previous show in 2011, to see 426 cars and two-wheelers displayed by 178 companies from 12 nations.

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China launches first moon rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

December 2, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth. A rocket carrying the rover aboard an unmanned Chang'e 3 spaceship successfully blasted off early Monday...

Indian craft leaves Earth's orbit on way to Mars

December 2, 2013 12:47 pm | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth's orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said.

NKorea resumes work at missile site

December 2, 2013 12:42 pm | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets. Commercial satellite imagery shows work has resumed after a months-long hiatus at Tonghae, on the country's northeast coast, on what looks like a rocket assembly building and a launch control center.  

Intensifying demand propels Southeast Asia’s smartphone sales volume

December 2, 2013 10:28 am | by GFK | News | Comments

The ongoing trend of upgrading from basic mobile phones to smartphones, particularly in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets has further deepened smartphone penetration in the region and driving robust sales of the popular gadget. In the first three quarters of this year, consumers...

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

NRA wary of conditional use of safety system at TEPCO nuclear plant

November 27, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Wednesday that it could be difficult for reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant to pass the safety screening process if Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it will only use a planned key safety system after securing local approval.

Chubu Electric to finish smart meter introduction ahead of schedule

November 26, 2013 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chubu Electric Power Co. on Tuesday unveiled a plan to complete introducing next-generation electricity meters to all households in the utility's service area some two years and three months ahead of its original schedule. Akihisa Mizuno, president of the Nagoya-based utility, said the company could slash costs for fiscal 2016...

Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

Tokyo Motor Show opens to public

November 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and self-driving vehicles. A total of 426 passenger and commercial cars as well as two-wheelers are on display at Tokyo Big Sight through Dec. 1.

TEPCO, Mitsubishi firms to build coal-fired power plants in Fukushima

November 25, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will build two cutting-edge coal-fired power generation facilities in Fukushima Prefecture, the home of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in conjunction with three Mitsubishi group firms, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Safety assessment process for TEPCO's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant begins

November 22, 2013 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear regulators on Thursday began a safety assessment process to decide whether two reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant are qualified to restart, nearly two months after the utility filed an application. The move is a sign of progress for TEPCO, which is eager to restart the seven-reactor...

S. Korea to buy 40 stealth fighter jets, 20 combat planes from 2018

November 22, 2013 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea will purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jets and an additional 20 combat planes from the United States starting in 2018, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. "The F-35A will be used as a strategic weapon to gain a competitive edge and defeat the enemy in the early stage of war..."

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