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Sony chairman, ex-CEO Stringer to leave amid restructuring

Sony chairman and former CEO Howard Stringer, who has been at the company since 1997, will be leaving the company in June.

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Samsung locks up Sharp as long-time screen provider

Japan's Sharp has secured a US$110 million lifeline investment from Samsung Electronics, and agreed to become a major supplier of screens for the South Korean company's growing electronics empire.

Google Street View to map abandoned Fukushima town

A small Japanese town, abandoned because of radiation concerns after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011, is working with Google's map service to keep its memory alive.

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Sony to sell its stake in mobile game developer DeNA

Sony will sell off its holdings in mobile game firm DeNA for about US$440 million, the latest in a string of deals that could boost its bid for a profitable year.

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Canon develops CMOS sensor that captures video in low light

Camera manufacturer Canon has developed a large sensor chip for shooting full-frame video in extremely dim conditions.

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Toshiba demos 'Lytro chip,' converts phones to light-field cameras

The modules, which could be in phones next year, can accurately calculate depth and change focus points after photos are shot.

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SD cards for SeeQVault DRM standard coming from Toshiba

Toshiba, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic intend SeeQVault to control the use and copying of HD content stored on flash memory.

Sony's $499 Xperia Tablet Z arrives in second quarter

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z will go on sale globally in the second quarter, priced from $499 in the U.S.

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Japan gets a crash course in cybersecurity, from LOLcats to remote hacks and viruses

National TV anchors struggle through explanations of the Tor anonymity network, while newspapers run detailed graphics on remote hacking software and the national police warn against using obscure online tools known as Syberian Post Offices.

Sony trims PlayStation Vita price by one-third in Japan

Sony said Monday it will slash the price of its PlayStation Vita handheld game consoles by up to a third in Japan, weeks after it cut its sales target for the device following weak holiday sales.

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Buffalo sets February launch date for 'world's fastest' external PC hard drive

Buffalo Technology has set the end of this month as the launch date for its DriveStation DDR external hard disk enclosure, which uses a 1GB DRAM cache to achieve what Buffalo says is the world's fastest transfer speed.

Russian dashboard cameras reveal stunning video of explosive meteor

As jumbled news reports of what appeared to be a meteor shower over Russia trickled out of the country, some of the best views of what happened were from the dashboards of Russian cars.

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Research firm: Apple Japan's top phone maker in 2012

Apple sold more phones in Japan than any other manufacturer last year, rising above local manufacturers for the first time, according to a research firm.

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Panasonic improves color capture by digital cameras

Panasonic has developed a new way to drastically increase the color and light sensitivity of digital cameras including those used in smartphones.

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Rakuten, Japan's 'Amazon,' launches U.S. brand, the former Buy.com

Visitors to what used to be Buy.com will see changes on the front page this week—including a pronunciation guide for its new name.