India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker XiaomiSun, 26 Apr 2015 10:49:49 GMT MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology [XTC.UL], a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market.
Orange boss sees end to French telecom price warSat, 25 Apr 2015 09:58:49 GMT PARIS (Reuters) - The chief executive of France's telecom leader Orange said on Saturday he believed the price war in the national telecoms sector was coming to a close.
Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phonesSat, 25 Apr 2015 04:13:56 GMT SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas.
Sony raises FY 2015 profit forecast to $2.5 billion: NikkeiSat, 25 Apr 2015 02:51:18 GMT TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen ($2.52 billion), or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday.
BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operationsFri, 24 Apr 2015 21:39:07 GMT (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters.
Xerox cuts 2015 profit forecast due to strong dollarFri, 24 Apr 2015 20:35:34 GMT (Reuters) - Xerox Corp cut its full-year profit forecast, blaming a strong dollar, and the company reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as its printer sales fell and costs rose.
Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiquesFri, 24 Apr 2015 19:31:46 GMT NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores.
EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sourcesFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:18:11 GMT BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from official complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
India's Paytm adds mobile marketplace app for e-merchantsFri, 24 Apr 2015 13:33:01 GMT NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Paytm, an Indian online payments platform backed by China's Alibaba, is pushing deeper into India's booming e-commerce industry with a zero-commission mobile app marketplace targeted at small and medium-sized firms, the mainstay of the country's economy.
Luxottica sees first pair of glasses with Intel chips in Feb/MarchFri, 24 Apr 2015 10:50:53 GMT MILAN (Reuters) - Italian eyewear group Luxottica expects the first pair of glasses born out of its partnership with U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp to be ready in February or March, co-Chief Executive Massimo Vian told shareholders on Friday.
Kate reinvents the job of princess Few mothers taking a new baby home would want a crowd of photographers snapping them from every angle at the hospital door, but Kate, future Queen of England, is likely to handle the bizarre situation like a consummate professional.
New royal baby: Destined to be a 'spare to the heir'? <p><img data-document-id="cms/api/amp/slideshow/AAbhVIe" data-reference="slideshow" /></p><p>LONDON (AP) — When Prince William and Kate announced they were expecting their first child in 2012, the appetite for royal baby news seemed insatiable. Three years on, interest surrounding the young royals' second child — a younger brother or sister to George — is notably more subdued. Part of it may be that the novelty of seeing "Kate and Wills" as parents has worn off. But it's also inevitable given the royal succession rule, in which the throne ...</p>
UK's young royals enjoy more measured media coverage: expert Weeks before the arrival of the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, People Magazine's Chief Foreign Correspondent tells AFP that media coverage of the new generation of royals is vastly different to that of their parents' generation.
Prince William goes on leave ahead of birth Britain's Prince William has gone on leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot after completing his training early, royal officials said Tuesday, days before the expected birth of his second child.
Fashion houses await birth of a tiny style heavyweight Whether wrapped in pink or blue, the new baby of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will have the power to influence trends across the globe as the latest addition to a powerful fashion dynasty.Whenever Kate or her baby Prince George wear items, they rapidly sell out, in a marketing phenomenon dubbed the "Kate effect" that is helped along by social media and online shopping trends.Kate's maternity wear and Prince George's baby clothes have proved particularly popular."They have global clout," said Geraldine Wharry, head of trend analysis firm Trend Atelier."Everyone is going to be waiting to see what the baby is going to wear and what she's going to look like post-pregnancy," she said.Social media allows fans to track down and share exactly the items that Kate is pictured wearing -- and it helps that she mixes expensive designer wear with more affordable high street brands.- Selling a fairy tale -Four years ago Susan Kelley set up WhatKateWore.com, a site that publishes links to online retailers where readers can buy exact clothes worn by Kate."It just exploded," Kelley said: the site can receive almost a million page views a month, largely from the English-speaking world but also from countries as varied as the Czech Republic and Libya."More than anything it stems from wanting to believe in a fairy tale," Kelley said -- that the middle-class Kate grew up to marry a prince. "It's not another terrorist attack, it's not something horrible... It's something that's fun."The handful of photos released of Prince George have been analysed on WhatPrinceGeorgeWore.com -- set to become WhatKatesKidsWore.com when the new baby arrives."If it's a girl the interest will be extraordinarily high," said Kelley. "There seems to be strong sentiment that as enjoyable as little boys are, a baby girl is even more fun".The British monarchy has been estimated as having a brand value £53.6 billion ($80 billion, 74.5 billion euros) by valuation consultancy Brand Finance.Though Prince George has yet to reach his second birthday, he can claim part of that influence.British brand Cath Kidston is considering re-issuing a soldier-print jumper he was pictured wearing "due to popular demand", a spokesperson said.George has helped inspire a "nautical theme" due to continue in childrenswear, according to Catherine Hudson, beauty and fashion editor of Prima Baby magazine."Kate has always dressed George in classic fashion pieces, so although we may see her trial some of these trends, I think she will mainly stick to traditional silhouettes - whether it is a boy or a girl - and, hopefully, continue supporting great British design," Hudson said."If it is a girl, I predict we might see some of her favourite fashion designers bring out a girlswear collection."- Sold out in minutes -Brands are keenly aware of the value of being associated with the family, some paying commission if WhatKateWore.com drives traffic to them, and the site has received more requests from advertisers than it has space to host.Particular hit items have been Kate's nude court shoes by LK Bennett, dresses by the ethical London brand Beulah, and a striped nautical top by ME+EM.Kate has even been credited with driving a trend of modesty in maternity wear. Items she wore from British brand Seraphine all sold out, and her patronage significantly boosted the little brand's rapid expansion, a spokeswoman told AFP.Online retailer ASOS said that a $63 polka dot dress she wore in March sold out in "minutes".A palace spokesman would not comment on how Kate chooses her clothes except to say that the Duchess does not have a style adviser -- something unusual for someone so prominently in the public eye.But there is clearly a strategy behind her choices and even an element of "fashion diplomacy".Kate wore a lacy dress by Canadian-born designer Erdem Moralioglu on a trip to Canada, and a silk dress by Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung for her trip to Singapore.In contrast, interest in the style of Prince William is nowhere near as keen as in that of his wife and son."People occasionally comment: who makes his suits? Why is he wearing that dreadful pair of trainers again?" Kelley said, adding that she had no plans to set up WhatWilliamWore.com."That would be going too far."
British royal baby's first A to Z From baby fashion to specially-minted coins, here is an A to Z on the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for their new addition to Britain's royal family.
Royal Baby Is To Be A Girl Named Alice According To Bookies The Duchess of Cambridge might be kicking back while she waits for the birth of her second child but bookmakers are busier than ever. Taking bets on everything from gender, name, weight and birthday. But as the due date looms there are a few trends emerging among what the public are gambling on. According to the bookies the next royal baby will be a blonde-haired girl named Alice, weighing between seven and eight pounds and arriving into the world on 25th April.
Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspect BALTIMORE — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.The chaotic scene Saturday night prompted the first public remarks from Freddie Gray's twin sister, who pleaded for peace at a news conference alongside the...