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Lenovo in talks for joint venture, possibly to shore up smartphone business

Lenovo is in preliminary negotiations to start a joint venture with an unspecified party, the company said on Tuesday, setting off speculation that the company could be looking to bolster its expanding smartphone business.

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Japanese Internet icon, free from prison, starts app design firm

A Japanese entrepreneur who founded one of the country's largest web portals and was a national celebrity before being jailed for securities fraud is now free and has launched a firm to develop smartphone apps.

Hitachi adds Amazon Web Services to cloud lineup in Japan

Hitachi said Monday it will officially support Amazon Web Services as part of its cloud solution offerings, a victory for Amazon over rival Microsoft Azure.

NHK haptic demonstration

Japanese TV network shows off feelable haptic TV

Japan's public television broadcaster, NHK, is working on technology that will allow people to watch TV with their fingers.

Original Sony Aibo on display

Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame

An exhibition in Osaka, central Japan, has assembled a hall of fame for Japanese tech products, with hits including Sony's Walkman and Aibo, an original Tranformer toy, and Paro the baby seal robot on display.

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Sony and Lego research into new toys

Sony and Lego join forces to blur the lines between blocks and video games

Sony and Lego are working together on creating a new generation of products that bridge the gap between toys and video games.

Microsoft boosts Japan Azure offering, adds data centers in two regions

Microsoft will boost its Azure cloud offering in Japan, adding two domestic data centers to speed response times and improve reliability in the face of natural disasters.

Adobe continues social push, acquires mobile app agency

Adobe has acquired Thumb Labs, a small mobile app agency, as part of its broader push to give its new cloud-enabled software offerings a more social flavor.

Sony to stream PlayStation games to non-consoles as part of turnaround

Sony will leverage its streaming technology to bring PlayStation games to devices other than dedicated consoles as part of its ongoing turnaround, but said gaming profits will still suffer and lowered sales targets for its smartphones and cameras.

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Toshiba 64-gigabit NAND flash with 19 nanometer process

Toshiba shrinks 64Gbit flash chips, but still lags Samsung

Toshiba said it will soon begin mass producing a new type of 64Gbit NAND flash that is the smallest and fastest in its class, though it still lags rival Samsung Electronics in the development of an even denser flash technology.

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Yahoo Japan says 22 million user IDs may have been stolen

Yahoo Japan, the country's largest Web portal, said up to 22 million user IDs may have been leaked during a hack that was discovered last week.

Samsung launches $800,000 app contest for Galaxy S4

Samsung will host a US$800,000 contest for developers that build apps for the Galaxy S4 using the company's peer-to-peer software interface.

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Solar flare from May 12

Japan warns solar flares could harm GPS, satellites, power lines

A Japanese government institute has warned that satellite transmissions, GPS readings, and power lines could be affected over the next two weeks if a recent spate of solar flares continues.

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Ailing Sharp sacks chief, vows turnaround on robots, LCDs

Japan's Sharp booked another huge loss on Tuesday, and unveiled its latest turnaround plan, which includes relying on partnerships with Samsung Electronics and Foxconn Technology Group for business, sacking top management, and expanding into new fields such as robotics.

Sony 'digital paper' reader

Sony preps super-thin, flexible e-ink tablet for universities

Sony will soon launch a flexible e-reader device that is less than 7mm thick and weighs 358 grams, targeted for use in university classrooms.

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