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SKorea clears Google after 2-year Android probe

July 18, 2013 10:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's fair trade commission said Thursday a two-year investigation found that Google making its search service the default in Android-powered smartphones did not limit competition in the online search market. Kwon Chul-hyun, a director at the commission, said the regulator found no evidence that Google Inc. unfairly used its power...

EU says Google not doing enough in antitrust case

July 17, 2013 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition chief says Google isn't doing enough to overcome concerns that it's stifling competition, and ordered the Internet giant to come up with new ideas. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has been investigating for three years whether Google is abusing its 90 percent market share in Internet searches...

China's online population rises to 519 million

July 17, 2013 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20 percent rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the Web from smartphones and other wireless devices, an industry group reported Wednesday. The end-of-June figures from the China Internet Network Information Center represent a 10 percent rise...

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Isola to expand quick-turn manufacturing capabilities in Suzhou, China

July 16, 2013 11:38 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group has announced the site expansion of its Suzhou, China manufacturing facility. The substantial upgrade includes two additional hot oil presses, semi-automatic layup lines and an additional cleanroom. The new investments will enable faster time-to-market for printed circuit board fabricators...

Terra to launch electric scooter synchronizing with smartphone

July 10, 2013 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

Sharp to sell "talking" home appliances in Japan

July 9, 2013 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it will launch "talking" electronic appliances in Japan next month that are capable of informing users of operational status and reminding them to do daily chores. Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items...

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors

July 8, 2013 12:23 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.

Chinese plane crash victims were student leaders

July 8, 2013 9:49 am | by DIDI TANG & GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two 16-year-old girls killed in the San Francisco plane crash were close friends and top students who were on Asiana Flight 214 for the same reason: to get a taste of American education and possibly brighten their futures. Wang Linjia showed talent in physics and calligraphy; Ye Mengyuan was a champion gymnast who excelled in literature...

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Toshiba to expand semiconductor plant in central Japan

July 3, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it will expand its semiconductor manufacturing plant in central Japan to meet growing demand for memory chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Expansion work at the Yokkaichi facility in Mie Prefecture will start in late August for scheduled completion in summer next year, the company said.

Japan's sole operating reactors allowed to be online until Sept

July 3, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Wednesday to allow Japan's only two reactors currently online to continue operating even after new safety requirements for atomic plants are introduced next Monday, as it sees no serious problems with them at the moment.

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

July 2, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch" as rumors suggest it may be developing a smart wristwatch. A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application was made June 3 and made public June 27.

Markets shrug off weak Chinese manufacturing news

July 1, 2013 10:21 am | by CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global stocks mostly rose Monday as long-awaited signs of improvement in Japan's economy helped investors shrug off a weakening in China's manufacturing sector. The Bank of Japan's closely-watched quarterly "tankan" survey for June showed that the index for major manufacturers rose to positive 4 points from negative 8 in March.

Japan's power-saving period begins ahead of summer

July 1, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-requested three-month period of electricity saving began Monday in large parts of Japan ahead of the high demand season, the fifth of its kind since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis left most of the nation's nuclear reactors offline.

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Sharp to sell high-end "4K" LCD TVs in North America

July 1, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. will sell high-end liquid crystal display televisions equipped with "4K" technology in North America from September, company officials said Thursday. It will be the first time for the struggling Japanese electronics maker to launch overseas a 4K TV that delivers image quality four times finer than the current high-definition resolutions.

Chinese firm accused of stealing US software

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest wind turbine company and three people are accused of trade secrets from a U.S. software company. An indictment handed up in Wisconsin alleges Sinovel Wind Group and the three individuals stole proprietary wind turbine software technology, cheating the American company out of more than $800 million.

Smartphone sales in Thailand gather pace

June 27, 2013 3:12 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

Take-up of smartphones in the still developing market of Thailand has been surging in recent times; more than doubling in sales from being just one in every five handsets less two years ago to more than two in five or 42 percent of overall volume sales in the last 12 months.

Korean sites still down after war anniversary hack

June 26, 2013 10:34 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several North and South Korean websites that went offline on a war anniversary remained shut down Wednesday, a day after what Seoul partly blamed on a hacking attack. The shutdown appeared to be less severe than one in March, and some government and private sector sites were operating again.

Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab

June 26, 2013 10:27 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade.

SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest

June 26, 2013 10:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services.

SKorea says several gov't, private websites hacked

June 25, 2013 10:41 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea said multiple government and private sector websites were hacked on Tuesday's anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and Seoul issued a cyberattack alert warning officials and citizens to take security measures. Government websites, including the one for the presidential Blue House, and some media servers were attacked...

Websites in 2 Koreas shut down on war anniversary

June 25, 2013 10:28 am | by Elizabeth Shim & Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours Tuesday on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul said its sites were hacked, while it was unclear what knocked out those north of the border.

Snowden's HK exit shows Chinese anger over spying

June 24, 2013 11:23 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officially, admitted leaker Edward Snowden was able to leave Hong Kong because U.S. authorities made a mistake in their arrest request, but the semiautonomous Chinese city also indicated displeasure over Snowden's revelation that the former British colony had been a target of American hacking.

China astronauts float water blob in kids' lecture

June 20, 2013 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Astronauts struck floating martial arts poses, twirled gyroscopes and manipulated wobbling globes of water during a lecture Thursday from China's orbiting space station that's part of efforts to popularize the space program among young people.

France threatens Google with privacy fines

June 20, 2013 11:03 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON & THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

France is giving Google three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users — or be fined. Other European countries aren't far behind. Now it's up to Google to decide whether the relatively small fines are enough of an incentive to rethink its privacy rules — the Internet giant risks a €300,000 euro ($402,180) penalty in France.

SKorean nuclear operator raided in cable probe

June 20, 2013 10:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's sole nuclear power plant operator said Thursday that investigators raided its offices, a sign that a probe into faulty nuclear plant cables is widening. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. spokesman Lee Yoon-doing said prosecutors seized documents and computer hard drives from at least four of the company's offices.

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