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Jul 28, 2014

Japan Display, Sharp race to win China smartphone display deals

Japan Display Inc. and Sharp Corp. are in a fierce battle to land liquid crystal display panel contracts from Chinese smartphone makers. Since some of the Chinese makers are starting to offer high-quality handsets, the two rivals want to boost their profiles in the ...

| Jul 28, 2014

Nikkei climbs past 15,500 threshold

The Nikkei 225 average kept rising Monday to end above 15,500 for the first time in about six months, helped by purchases reflecting hopes for strong earnings reports from major Japanese firms. The Nikkei closed 71.53 points higher at 15,529.40, its best finish since ...

Jul 28, 2014

As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia

The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil — Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to ...

Jul 28, 2014

BofA sees China hand in Belgian Treasury binge

China is driving a jump in Belgian holdings of Treasuries and is a key reason for a plunge in yields even as the Federal Reserve trims its stimulus to support growth, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The CHART OF THE DAY tracks ...

Jul 27, 2014

Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that Nissan North America Inc. is recalling certain lines of its Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder ...

Russia sues McDonald's over 'too many calories'

Jul 26, 2014

Russia sues McDonald's over 'too many calories'

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking ...

Murdoch creates 'Sky Europe' pay TV giant in deal with BSkyB

Jul 26, 2014

Murdoch creates 'Sky Europe' pay TV giant in deal with BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire 21st Century Fox has struck a mega deal with British satellite television group BSkyB to form a pan-European pay-TV giant, the two companies announced Friday. BSkyB, 39 percent-owned by 21st Century Fox, said it has agreed to buy Fox’s 100 ...

Jul 25, 2014

Yamaha releases app that 'translates' engine sounds

by Masaaki Kameda

First came the dog-interpretation gadget, Bowlingual. Now a Japanese company is offering humans a way to understand another nonhuman species: engines. Major motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. released on Wednesday the Rev Translator app, which supposedly translates engine sounds into Japanese. The company is ...