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BlackBerry’s BBM Chat Software to Come Preloaded on Some LG Phones

Struggling phone maker BlackBerry said on Wednesday that its BBM instant messaging software will soon come preloaded on a phone from Korea’s LG Electronics. BlackBerry, which recently made BBM freely available for iOS and Android, said that the software will also come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite phone in various markets around the world.

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LG Profit Falls, TV Business Weighs

LG Electronics Inc.’s first-quarter net profit slumped 91 percent from a year earlier, weighed down by the lackluster performance of its television business, but the company predicted a better second quarter with the global rollout of its latest smartphone.

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LG to Expand Retail Stores

LG Electronics Inc. is expanding the number of its retail stores in emerging markets as it seeks to increase market share in smartphones and gain a stronger global presence in consumer electronics.

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Smartphone Math Doesn’t Add Up

For every winner, there has to be a loser. Smartphone sales have defied gravity in recent years, but there’s no defying simple math.

What LG Will Do With webOS

First TVs. Then refrigerators and signage.
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Big Blue Is Still the Big Dog of Patents

IBM dominates the patent race for the 20th consecutive year.
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EU Fines Seven for TV-, Monitor-Tubes Cartels

Electronics giants Philips Electronics N.V ., Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and Panasonic Corp. are among seven companies fined €1.47 billion ($1.92 billion) by European regulators Wednesday for operating cartels in television- and computer-monitor tubes over two decades.

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LG Profit Jumps, but Hopes for Turnaround Dim

LG Electronics Inc. on Wednesday posted a 47 percent increase in its second-quarter net profit powered by stronger profitability in its flat-screen television and home appliance operations, though the result was still short of analysts’ expectations as sales at LG’s handset business languished.

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Microsoft, LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android, Chrome OS

Microsoft and LG Electronics said on Thursday that they have signed a patent agreement covering LG devices running Android and Chrome OS. It’s the latest in a string of such deals that Microsoft has signed, though it has also sued both Motorola Mobility and Barnes & Noble over Android-based devices.

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Google Says LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sony Planning Google TVs

Google Inc., seeking to reboot its flagging efforts in television, said consumers will soon have a broader choice of TV sets using its software — with lower prices also a likely outcome.

iPhone Headed to South Korea in November