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Sony to sell office buildings in Tokyo, New York

January 10, 2013 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. plans to sell its office buildings in Tokyo and New York to improve its financial standing, company sources said Thursday. Potential buyers for the buildings in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward and New York's Manhattan include an investment fund and a real estate company, the sources said.

Japanese firms exhibit high-end TVs at U.S. electronics show

January 9, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electronics firms are exhibiting high-end televisions with better profitability at the world's top electronics show which started in the United States on Tuesday, aiming to shore up their slumping operations amid fierce price competition especially for smaller models.

Panasonic update

January 9, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga said Tuesday his company has concluded business alliances with General Motors Co. and IBM Corp. as he outlined its strategy to turn itself around by focusing on services for major global enterprises.

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EU lawmakers seek to limit use of data by internet firms

January 9, 2013 8:53 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Internet companies such as Facebook and Google may have to get more permission to use information if European Union lawmakers give users more control over their personal data. EU lawmakers want to limit companies' ability to use and sell data, such as internet browsing habits, to advertising companies, especially when people are unaware their data is being used in such a way.

China censorship prompts rally and online protest

January 8, 2013 10:41 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Free-speech protesters in masks squared off against flag-waving communist loyalists in a southern Chinese city Tuesday as a dispute over censorship at a newspaper spilled into the broader population, with authorities shutting microblog accounts of supporters of the paper.

French government persuades Internet provider to stop blocking online ads amid debate

January 7, 2013 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's government says it has persuaded a leading Internet provider to stop blocking online advertisements - a controversial move that would have hit online search giants such as Google.The French minister for the Internet economy, Fleur Pellerin, met Monday with leading figures from the online industry 

Sharp to withdraw from solar power battery business in Italy

January 3, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. is considering pulling out of the solar power battery business in Italy to streamline its operations amid slumping demand in Europe, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

Nissan hopes for better Japan-China relations

January 3, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn expressed hope that the recent change in leadership in both Japan and China will bring about an improvement in strained bilateral economic relations and a recovery of auto sales in China.

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Foxconn invests $200M in U.S. camera maker

December 21, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer known as Foxconn, is buying an 8.88 percent stake in Woodman Labs Inc., the maker of the GoPro line of camcorders for surfing and other sports, for $200 million.

Yamaha to set up sales company in Myanmar

December 21, 2012 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yamaha Motor Co. will set up a company in Myanmar soon to sell its motorbikes there, president Hiroyuki Yanagi said Friday, amid expectations for the country's strong economic growth. "Myanmar is a country very friendly to Japan and we think it is a suitable place to promote Japanese brands," Yanagi said during an interview with Kyodo News.

Scientists may make definitive Higgs boson announcement in March

December 20, 2012 2:59 pm | by Robert Evans, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists at Europe's CERN research center said on Wednesday they may be able to definitively announce at a conference next March that they had discovered the elusive Higgs boson. But they dismissed suggestions circulating widely on blogs and even in some science journals that instead of just one type of the elementary particle they might have found a pair.

China tells U.S. it will improve intellectual property protection

December 20, 2012 12:13 pm | News | Comments

China told U.S. trade negotiators in Washington on Wednesday that Beijing would do more to protect intellectual property rights and combat piracy by promoting the use of legal software, China's commerce minister told reporters.

European Commission wades into global tech patents war

December 20, 2012 12:10 pm | by Ethan Bilby, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators are poised to accuse Samsung of breaking competition rules in filing patent lawsuits against rival Apple, in the EU's first formal challenge to the consumer electronic industry's patent wars. "We will issue a statement of objections very soon," the European Union's competition chief Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday, referring to the Commission's charge sheet.

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Telenor warns Europe falling behind U.S. in telecoms

December 20, 2012 12:08 pm | by Balazs Koranyi and Joachim Dagenborg, Reuters | News | Comments

Europe has fallen behind the United States in mobile telephone network development because its regulatory framework is fragmented and does not provide incentives for investment, the head of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor told Reuters.

Taiwanese exec guilty of LCD screen price fixing

December 19, 2012 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted a former executive at a Taiwanese company of participating in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy. The U.S. Department of Justice says Shiu Lung Leung could face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for his role in illegally fixing computer screen prices in the U.S.

Fingerprint Cards Wins Third Design Award in Japan

December 18, 2012 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fingerprint Cards has received its third design win for its swipe sensor technology from one of Japan’s leading and most innovative mobile phone manufacturers. The first model launch is scheduled for Q3 2013. Due to the competitive situation, the mobile phone manufacturer wants to remain anonymous...

Fuji Xerox expands cloud service to Australia, Singapore

December 18, 2012 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Xerox Co. launched Tuesday a cloud computing business communication support service in Australia and Singapore, the company said. The service, which was available only in Japan, facilitates online communications inside a company as well as interaction between different firms, according to Fuji Xerox.

Crippled North Korean probe could orbit for years

December 18, 2012 11:10 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be malfunctioning but could remain in orbit for several years, a leading expert in the United States said Tuesday.North Korea says the satellite is working. U.S. officials have said it is tumbling in orbit...

Apple sells 2M iPhone 5s in China in first 3 days

December 17, 2012 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple said Monday that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5s in China in their first three days of availability, setting a record for that market. The iPhone 5, which launched in China on Friday, will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December. The phone first went on sale on...

Panasonic starts solar panel production in Malaysia

December 13, 2012 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. started manufacturing solar panels Thursday at a newly built plant in Malaysia, boosting the global production capacity of its cutting-edge solar batteries to 900 megawatts per year from the current 600 megawatts.

Hitachi holds 1st board meeting in India

December 13, 2012 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hitachi Ltd. on Thursday held a board of directors' meeting in the Indian capital New Delhi, the first time it has held such a meeting outside Japan since the company's founding in 1910. All 13 company executives including Chairman Takashi Kawamura and President Hiroaki Nakanishi attended the meeting.

Regulatory body: Radiation spread projection full of errors

December 13, 2012 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulatory authority said Thursday it found errors in its radiation spread projections in the event of a severe accident for all the country's nuclear power plants after thoroughly reviewing its previous already mistake-plagued results.

Yamada Denki acquisition of Best Denki

December 13, 2012 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yamada Denki Co. said Thursday it has completed a deal to make smaller rival Best Denki Co. a subsidiary of the top home electronics retailer. Yamada Denki, previously the second-largest shareholder in Best Denki after Bic Camera Inc., spent approximately 12.12 billion yen to raise its stake in Best Denki to 51.2 percent...

Golf: Panasonic ends sponsorship deal with Ishikawa

December 13, 2012 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday that it will not renew its sponsorship contract with golfer Ryo Ishikawa when the deal expires next January. The company also said 2013 will be the last year of its sponsorship of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.

New material for stretchy electronics inspired by nature

December 12, 2012 12:13 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists in Switzerland have come up with a material mimicking the way tendons connect to bones, which could speed the development of stretchy, wearable electronic devices. The stretchable electronics industry is in its infancy but devices that are able to flex without breaking could revolutionize devices from smartphones and solar cells to medical implants.

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