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Renesas has talked with Apple, others on chip unit sale: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp has talked with several companies, including Apple Inc, on a possible sale of its display chip design unit, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The source declined to comment further on the status of the talks. Renesas has been restructuring to focus on its business supplying semiconductors to the automotive sector and said on Wednesday it was considering a sale of Renesas SP Drivers, but declined to comment further.

Samsung dominates other top 10 conglomerates last year

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Earnings of the country's No. 1 conglomerate, Samsung Group, took up almost half of the total of the top 10 groups in 2013, the latest reminder of a deepening polarization of corporate performance in South Korea, data showed Wednesday. The combined operating income of 81 listed firms affiliated with the nation's top 10 conglomerates reached 79.77 trillion won (US$75.43 billion) last year, rising 7.5 percent or 5.54 trillion won from 74.23 trillion won a year earlier, according to the data compiled by financial service provider FnGuide Inc.

3D TV sales up 8.3 pct in 2013: data

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Worldwide sales of TVs with 3D features rose 8.3 percent on-year in 2013, data showed Wednesday, as the global display market picks up with the boom of Ultra HD (UHD) products. Shipments of 3D television totaled 44.97 million units last year, the data compiled by DisplaySearch showed, compared with the 41.51 million units posted in 2012. They also accounted for 20.6 percent of the global sales of flat TVs, going over the 20 percent mark for the first time. The figure marks a near 19-fold growth from 2.26 million units in 2010.

3D TV sales up 8.3 pct in 2013: data

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Worldwide sales of TVs with 3D features rose 8.3 percent on-year in 2013, data showed Wednesday, as the global display market picks up with the boom of Ultra HD (UHD) products. Shipments of 3D television totaled 44.97 million units last year, the data compiled by DisplaySearch showed, compared with the 41.51 million units posted in 2012. They also accounted for 20.6 percent of the global sales of flat TVs, going over the 20 percent mark for the first time. The figure marks a near 19-fold growth from 2.26 million units in 2010.

Samsung attorneys say patents contested by Apple were developed by Google engineers

SAN JOSE, Calif. - An attorney for Samsung on Tuesday denied the company had stolen technology from Apple, saying the South Korean tech giant's mobile devices contain Android software designed entirely by Google engineers. Samsung attorney Peter Quinn told jurors in his opening statement at the patent infringement trial that Apple is a great company but doesn't own everything, and its claims are unfounded. The finger-pointing took place in U.S. District Court in San Jose, where, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are accusing each other of stealing ideas from each other.

Apple again seeks decisive U.S. court ruling against Samsung

By Dan Levine SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - An Apple Inc attorney said the iPhone contains more than 200 inventions and the company deserves legal protection against Samsung, as the rivals returned to court on Tuesday for opening statements in their long-running patent battle.

Apple in talks to buy Renesas stake in chip design unit - Nikkei

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy Japan-based Renesas Electronics Corp's stake in a unit that designs liquid crystal display chips for iPhones for about 50 billion yen ($483 million), the Nikkei reported, without identifying a source. Renesas owns 55 percent stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its joint venture with Sharp Corp and Taiwan's Powerchip. Apple expects to complete the stake purchase by summer, the business daily reported on Tuesday.

Apple vs Samsung case to start before fresh jury

Jurors were selected Monday for a high-stakes patent battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung, setting the stage for attorneys to open fire regarding who copied innovations. The case concerns smartphone and tablet patents and is just the latest in a long-running feud between the two tech giants battling for supremacy in a multibillion-dollar market. Apple and Samsung lawyers will begin opening remarks Tuesday before of the freshly-chosen panel of 10 jurors and US District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the California city of San Jose.

New iPhone 6 screens to enter production as early as May: sources

By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this autumn, with a 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, supply chain sources said. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. Representatives for the three suppliers and for Apple declined to comment.

Samsung's curved 65-inch UHD receives positive reviews in Britain

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co.'s 65-inch curved Ultra HD (UHD) TVs earned favorable feedback from British reviewers, the company said Tuesday. The tech giant's flagship curved TV was selected as the "editor's choice" by London-based Trusted Reviews, Samsung said. The reviewer cited the model's unique feature of upscaling standard definition contents to fit the UHD screen.
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