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Toshiba sues Hynix for damages over NAND flash technology leak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit against SK Hynix Inc seeking damages over the suspected leak of its flagship NAND flash memory chip technology to the South Korean rival. The suit, filed with the Tokyo district court, follows the arrest by Tokyo police of a former engineer at a Toshiba-affiliated chipmaker who was suspected of improperly providing technical data to SK Hynix. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Dominic Lau)

Gov't to check laws to prevent technology leaks

The Japanese government said Friday it will investigate potential flaws in the country's legislation concerning leaks of domestic technology following the revelation that a former engineer illegally gave Toshiba Corp.'s flash memory research data to a South Korean company. "It is often said that Japan's legislation intended to prevent leaks lags behind other countries...If necessary, I think there could be a revision of related laws," economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari told a press conference.

Japan engineer arrested over corporate espionage

Japanese police have arrested an engineer who allegedly leaked Toshiba trade secrets to South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix, reports said Thursday. Yoshitaka Sugita, 52, was taken into custody over allegations that he copied sensitive research data for Toshiba's NAND-type flash memory and handed it to the rival firm, major Japanese media including public broadcaster NHK reported.

Canadian makers of 'world's lowest cost tablet' aim for a $20 device

TORONTO - The Canadian makers of the "world's lowest cost tablet," the UbiSlate 7Ci, think $37.99 still isn't cheap enough. They figure there's still room to knock about 50 per cent off its price and make tablet ownership possible for anyone and everyone. "This idea is to bridge the digital divide, it's really that simple, the idea is to overcome the affordability barrier," says Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli during an interview at his Toronto-area office, one of five the company has in Canada, England, Germany and India.

South By Southwest: Secrets, surveillance, IBM's Watson helps chefs cook

AUSTIN, Texas - FOMO —or the fear of missing out— is a common complaint at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas each year. It's here, after all, that "Girls" creator Lena Dunham spoke on Monday at the same time that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a teleconferenced talk. All the while, 7-11 trucks handed out free pizza in exchange for a tweet, and IBM showed off the capabilities of cognitive computing in a language anyone could understand: food. Here's a sampling of what you missed if you weren't able to make the annual geek pilgrimage:

Not a trivial pursuit: Iceland startup Plain Vanilla finds success with quiz app

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favour of California's Silicon Valley. The company, Plain Vanilla, on Thursday launches the Android version of QuizUp, which already has 10 million users who have played more than 1 billion matches on their iPhones and iPads.

Not a trivial pursuit: Iceland startup Plain Vanilla finds success with quiz app

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favour of California's Silicon Valley. The company, Plain Vanilla, on Thursday launches the Android version of QuizUp, which already has 10 million users who have played more than 1 billion matches on their iPhones and iPads.

Pixelworks' shares soar after it reveals Apple as major customer

(Reuters) - Shares of Pixelworks Inc <PXLW.O>, which makes chips for digital display, rose 54 percent a day after the company revealed that Apple Inc <AAPL.O> is among its largest customers. The iPhone maker contributed more than 10 percent of revenue in 2013, Pixelworks said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

Logitech lifts guidance, outlines share buyback

By Silke Koltrowitz ZURICH (Reuters) - Computer accessories maker Logitech <LOGN.S> <LOGI.O> raised its guidance for the fiscal year starting in April on Thursday, sending its shares up more than 6 percent. It signaled its focus on accessories for tablets and smartphones was starting to pay off and said it would launch a share buyback programme worth $250 million, expected to be completed in three years.

Taiwan's TSMC making chips for new iPhone

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co has started producing chips for Apple's next iPhone, a report said Wednesday, as speculation swirls that the US firm could be offloading rival Samsung as a supplier. The world's leading contract microchip maker last month started producing the A8 chip, which is tipped to power the expected iPhone 6, the Commercial Times reported. The report, which cited supply chain sources, said TSMC had won most of the manufacturing orders for logic and power management integrated chips for the new handset.
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