FASTTAKES: Sharp, Apple, MM Research, STMicroelectronics

Staff writer
26 Apr 2010
Daily News

Four Japanese handset-makers – Sharp, Panasonic, Fujitsu and NEC – will standardize on a single software platform for next-generation cellphones for NTT DoCoMo, Nikkeireported Sunday.

Bidding in India’s 3G auctions reached almost $1.8b on Saturday, after 13 days.

Bidding in Delhi and Mumbai remains competitive, but bidding in some states wound up on Friday.

Legal officials in San Mateo County, California, are considering whether to file criminal charges over the sale of Apple’s next-gen iPhone to gadget blogsite Gizmodo, New York Times said.

The iPhone has captured 72% of Japan’s smartphone market in the past year, according to Tokyo-based MM Research Institute. Sales doubled in 2009 to 2.3m, the company said.

STMicroelectronics, Europe’s largest chipmaker, sharply after its ST-Ericsson JV said its first-quarter loss had widened from $125m to $154m, Bloomberg reported.

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