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Sep 13, 2011

Succession questions swirl around Cisco’s Chambers

Sept 13 (Reuters) – When John Chambers takes to the stage
on Tuesday, many will be wondering if it is the last time the
chief executive leads Cisco Systems Inc’s (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) annual
financial analyst conference.

After more than 16 years at the helm of the world’s largest
network equipment maker, there is discussion both inside and
outside Cisco that it is a matter of when — and not if –
Chambers will cede the CEO job.

Sep 9, 2011

Apple wins German court ruling on Samsung tablets

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – A German court upheld an injunction sought by Apple Inc barring Samsung from selling its Galaxy 10.1 tablets in Germany, marking a victory for the U.S. company in its battle across the globe with its South Korean rival.

However retailers such as German consumer electronics chain Media Markt will still be able to sell the device, if they are getting rid of existing stock or obtaining new supplies from the South Korean group’s parent Samsung International.

Sep 1, 2011

With no U.S. “Plan B”, stark choices face D.Telekom

BERLIN (Reuters) – The U.S. block on Deutsche Telekom’s $39 billion sale of its U.S. unit throws CEO Rene Obermann’s strategy into disarray and may force him to throw money at a business he thought he was rid of.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday that it was suing to prevent AT&T Inc’s purchase of T-Mobile USA caught Obermann and his management team by surprise. Company officials say they have no “Plan B”, beyond fighting to keep the deal on track.

Sep 1, 2011

With no U.S. “Plan B,” stark choices face Deutsche Telekom

BERLIN (Reuters) – The U.S. block on Deutsche Telekom’s $39 billion (24 billion pounds) sale of its U.S. unit throws CEO Rene Obermann’s strategy into disarray and may force him to throw money at a business he thought he was rid of.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday that it was suing to prevent AT&T Inc’s purchase of T-Mobile USA caught Obermann and his management team by surprise. Company officials say they have no “Plan B,” beyond fighting to keep the deal on track.

Sep 1, 2011

With no “Plan B,” stark choices face D.Telekom

BERLIN (Reuters) – The U.S. block on Deutsche Telekom’s $39 billion sale of its U.S. unit throws CEO Rene Obermann’s strategy into disarray and may force him to throw money at a business he thought he was rid of.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday that it was suing to prevent AT&T Inc’s purchase of T-Mobile USA caught Obermann and his management team by surprise. Company officials say they have no “Plan B,” beyond fighting to keep the deal on track.

Aug 31, 2011

Sony tablets fail to impress on price, hardware

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Sony’s hopes of dominating consumer electronics once again with its new tablets suffered a crushing blow on Wednesday from analysts and gadget reviewers whose first impressions were overwhelmingly bad.

Among their concerns were a high price and features that suggested Sony Corp would remain an also-ran rather than a leader in the tablet market. Two versions of Sony’s main tablet cost $499 (307.04 pounds) and $599, the same price as two lower-end Apple iPad models.

Aug 31, 2011

Mobile’s US headache returns with AT&T deal blow

LONDON/BERLIN, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom’s
(DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) hopes of ending its chequered U.S. adventure with a
speedy $39 billion sale to AT&T (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) were dashed on Wednesday
when the U.S. government sued to block the deal.
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The German telecoms company for years was looking for a way
out of its T-Mobile USA business that had long ago ceased to be
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Aug 31, 2011

Sony’s tablets may be a tough sell with price tag

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) took the wraps off its long-awaited tablets on Wednesday with price tags that could hurt the company’s chances to compete for the No. 2 spot in the tablet market.

Sony’s basic model of its main tablet costs $499, the same as Apple’s iPad.

Aug 31, 2011

Sony joins crowded tablet market with 2 devices

NEW YORK/BERLIN, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) took
the wraps off a new tablet that functions as a universal
remote, and another one that folds like a clamshell, hoping to
distinguish its devices from scores of others already on the
market.

The Japanese company is coming late to the game with its
first tablet due to hit store shelves in September. Its release
is more than a year and a half since Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
released the iPad and almost a year since Samsung (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
came out with its first GalaxyTab (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Aug 24, 2011

Q+A: German court hears Samsung/Apple design spat

By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) – A German court will decide on Thursday whether Samsung can sell its latest iPad rival in Germany after an preliminary injunction requested by Apple barred the South Korean company from selling its new Galaxy tablets in Europe’s biggest economy earlier this month.

The two companies are locked in patent fights across the globe — in Europe, the United States and Asia.