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Taiwan Rejects China’s Spreadtrum Local Office Application

bloomberg.com — Taiwan rejected Spreadtrum Communications Inc.'s application to open a local office, citing a ban on Chinese chip research and concern the company could poach staff. "Taiwan law doesn't allow mainland chip design houses to conduct R&D here," said Emile Chang, executive secretary of the economic ministry's investment commission.

China Mobile Replaces Chairman Xi With Senior Telecom Regulator

bloomberg.com — China Mobile Ltd. named Shang Bing its new chairman on Monday, appointing a vice minister from the industry's regulatory body to helm the world's largest wireless carrier. Shang, a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology vice minister, replaces Xi Guohua, the company said in a statement posted on its website.

China Chipmakers Plague Intel, Qualcomm in ARM-Aided Share Grab

bloomberg.com — Two Chinese companies scarcely known outside their home country have amassed almost one-third of the market for tablet chips in less than a half-decade -- creating headaches for top semiconductor makers led by Intel Corp. Rockchip Electronics Co. and Allwinner Technology Co.
Aug 21, 2015

Flexibility trumps Technology *Investors Say HTC Ain’t Worth Squat bloom.bg/1JtLWZ2 *China Chips Plague QCOM bloom.bg/1gZwEhE

Aug 20, 2015

Not heard of Rockchip/Allwinner? They're the ones giving Intel, Qualcomm a run for their money in China bloom.bg/1gZwEhE via @tculpan

Investors Say HTC Ain’t Worth Squat

bloomberg.com — HTC has tried a lot of things to reverse its tumbling smartphone market share: Since last year, the Taiwanese company has replaced its marketing chief, begun selling GoPro-like action cameras and developing virtual-reality headgear, bet more heavily on its high-end but poor-selling line of phones called the One, and booted Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou in favor of Chairwoman Cher Wang.

Lenovo Becomes Biggest China Phone Brand to ‘Make in India’

bloomberg.com — Lenovo Group Ltd. has commenced making smartphones in India, becoming the latest Chinese company to have its mobile devices made there after the local government raised import tariffs to attract investment in manufacturing.

HTC to Cut Staff by 15% in Bid to Turn Around Ailing Phone Maker

bloomberg.com — HTC Corp. will cut staff by 15 percent after a plunge in its share price rendered its brand, factories and buildings worthless. Total reduction in costs will slice 35 percent off operating expenses as part of a restructuring that will create new business units, the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company said in a statement today.
Aug 13, 2015

RT @tculpan: It really does suck when so many friends face the ax HTC to Cut Staff by 15% bloom.bg/1IJS8J3 @business

Aug 13, 2015

It really does suck when so many friends face the ax HTC to Cut Staff by 15% bloom.bg/1IJS8J3 @business

Hon Hai Boosts Second-Quarter Profit on Lower Production Costs

bloomberg.com — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. profit rose for the third straight quarter as the Apple Inc. supplier was able to cut production costs, offsetting slowing demand for smartphones. Second-quarter net income climbed 27 percent to NT$25.7 billion ($798 million), the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Lenovo stock slumps

iol.co.za — Hong Kong - Lenovo Group fell to a two-year low in Hong Kong trading after posting first-quarter sales that trailed analyst estimates, highlighting China's slowing economic growth. The shares dropped 9.1 percent to close at HK$7.70, the lowest since September 2013. The stock is down 25 percent this year, the third-worst performance on the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

Lenovo Profit Beats Estimates on Cost Cuts for Servers, Phones

bloomberg.com — Lenovo Group Ltd. profit beat analysts' estimates after the world's largest PC maker cut costs at server and handset businesses it acquired last year. Net income for the fiscal first quarter ended June fell 51 percent $105 million, Lenovo said in a statement, compared with the $71.7 million average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

China Just Gave Apple’s Biggest Suppliers a Welcome Surprise

bloomberg.com — Apple Inc. suppliers Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and Pegatron Corp. will benefit from a surprise devaluation in China's currency because both pay a major share of their workforces in yuan and sell in U.S. dollars.
Aug 11, 2015

China Just Gave Apple’s Biggest Suppliers a Welcome Surprise bloom.bg/1Pi58Ih via @business

Aug 11, 2015

RT @tculpan: China Just Gave Apple’s Biggest Suppliers a Welcome Surprise bloom.bg/1Pi58Ih via @business

Aug 11, 2015

RT @tculpan: China Just Gave Apple’s Biggest Suppliers a Welcome Surprise bloom.bg/1Pi58Ih via @business

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Aug 25, 2015

RT @haslindatv: JUST IN: China Cuts Interest Rates, Reserve Requirement Ratios #China #ChinaMeltdown #finance #markets

Aug 25, 2015

At #infocus smartphone launch they asked me to stop taking pics next to an Apple iPhone 6 Plus You can see why.. pic.twitter.com/yoIfpXnRTy

Aug 25, 2015

@WeiDuCNA @qz Well, China did ply the market with free drinks...

Aug 25, 2015

@SKisContent when's the last time Apple posted a loss and cut staff 15% to save costs..

Aug 25, 2015

BREAKING: The lights are out on TSMC Solar. "TSMC believes that its solar business is no longer economically sustainable."

Aug 24, 2015

@benthompson Set up a new newsletter Fill it entirely with paid content Watch readership drop Tell clients: This is what you paid for

Aug 24, 2015

@benthompson Damn, he fails the very first test in PR: know your audience. So, what was the response to your "offer"


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