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Samsung readies dual-mode 4G TDD/FDD LTE phones for China

Samsung Electronics is positioning itself to be one of the first handset vendors to tap into China’s upcoming market for 4G services by introducing new Galaxy S4 phones capable of operating on both FDD and TDD LTE networks. The South Korean company will bring FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini phones to China once the country officially launches commercial 4G services, the company said on Thursday. Currently, most Western nations are deploying 4G networks using FDD LTE technology. But in China, the government has been heavily promoting the use of TDD LTE networks. The country’s largest carrier, China Mobile, with 740 million customers, has been building trial networks with the 4G standard.Local officials have said China will issue the 4G commercial licenses later this year. Research firm IDC expects that could be as soon as September. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and Samsung reigns as the country’s top vendor with a 19 percent share, according to IDC. The research firm’s forecasts show that in 2014, a quarter of all smartphones shipped to China will be designed for 4G networks. By 2017, that figure will reach 50 percent Samsung’s dual mode phones will allow users to seamlessly roam over different LTE networks, the company said. The handset maker plans to launch other TDD-LTE devices in other markets in the third quarter.

Outside of China, TDD LTE networks are seeing growing adoption in certain nations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. 

In Australia, local carrier Optus will launch the FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode phones in a few weeks.

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Samsung Caught Boosting Galaxy S4 Gaming Benchmarks

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Something odd is going on with benchmark testing and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. After reports of strange results, the team at Anandtech took a closer look at the data returned by two Exynos 5 Octa-based international versions of the Galaxy S4, with a PowerVR SGX GPU. The GPU in these models is capable of running at 533MHz, but the evidence shows Samsung may only allow such speeds while running particular benchmarking apps.

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Microsoft, Google not doing enough on phone thefts, says San Francisco district attorney

San Francisco’s district attorney says he’s optimistic that Apple and Samsung are making progress on a system that would render stolen smartphones unusable, but the same isn’t true of Microsoft and Google.

On Thursday representatives of Apple and Samsung visited George Gascón at his office in San Francisco to demonstrate their work.

The four major players in the smartphone industry have come under pressure from the law enforcement community, led by Gascón and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, to do something about the increasing number of smartphone thefts across the U.S. The thefts often involve force and violence and in many cases phone users are threatened with guns or knives. On at least one occasion, a phone user was killed for their iPhone.

Apple’s response has been an activation lock that requires a user ID and password to reset or reactivate a phone that has been locked, disabled or wiped. Samsung is installing “Lojack for Mobile Devices” on new models of its Galaxy S4.

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Echoes Of The Samsung Galaxy Marketing In Nokia's Lumia Campaign

By Ewan Spence, Contributor

Nokia’s Windows Phone adventure continued this week with the launch of the Lumia 1020, a smartphone with the focus squarely on imaging. Along with selling the 41 megapixel equipped phone, Nokia will also be looking for the Lumia 1020 to sell the rest of the Lumia range of handsets through a mix of brand recognition and consistent hardware… just as rival Samsung is leveraging the Galaxy S4 family name. …read more

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming to Sprint and T-Mobile Next Week

Sprint and T-Mobile customers won’t have to wait long for Samsung’s Galaxy S4, as both carriers have announced that the new Android smartphone will be available starting next week.

Sprint will begin selling its version of Samsung’s latest flagship on April 27th, with pre-orders being accepted starting tomorrow. The 16GB model of the Galaxy S4 will be sold for $249.99 on contract, and new Sprint subscribers who switch their service from another provider will get an additional $100 credit.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/17/samsung-galaxy-s4-coming-to-sprint-and-t-mobile-next-week

Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming to AT&T April 30th

UPDATE: AT&T has begun accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 on its official website with shipments expected to begin on Tuesday, April 30th. New or existing subscribers can pick up the 16GB S4 for $199.99 with a 2-year contract or for $449.99 on a 1-year contract. Those who want to shed the commitment all together can pick up the unsubsidized version for $639.99.

If you’re waiting patiently for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, any news of an official launch date would be awfully nice. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release day straight from the mouth of Samsung. But if a leaked document provided to Engadget is legit, the next Samsung flagship smartphone is coming to AT&T by the end of the month.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/16/samsung-galaxy-s4-may-arrive-at-att-first-on-april-26

ARM-based chips to improve network performance and keep power use in check

Chipmaker LSI is hoping to improve networking performance and flexibility with its ARM-based Axxia 4500 processor family, announced Monday.

ARM-based processors are best known for powering smartphones and tablets. But the British company’s technology will also be used in next-generation switches and routers for enterprises and data centers, if LSI is successful.

The Axxia 4500 processor family are based on up to four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and use ARM‘s new CoreLink CCN-504 interconnect, which can prioritize time-sensitive traffic and offers up to one terabit of usable system bandwidth per second, according to ARM. The Cortex-A15 is ARM‘s most powerful processor to date, and is used in products like the Nexus 10 tablet from Google and Samsung Electronics and the Galaxy S4.

LSI‘s Axxia processors have been based on PowerPC processors in the past, but the move to ARM will bring better performance while keeping power consumption in check, according to LSI.

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Is Samsung About to Get Samsunged?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Pop quiz. Name this company:

A vertically integrated South Korean conglomerate with an extensive supplier relationship with Apple has ambitious hopes in the smartphone market. The company will aggressively imitate the products of rivals in the pursuit of success, and also further integrate additional key components, such as investing more heavily in its own mobile processors.

Time’s up
Pencil’s down. The correct answer? LG Electronics.

That’s right; LG is in the process of doing to Samsung what Samsung did to Apple. LG has just unveiled a new “Value Pack” of software upgrades for its Optimus G Pro, and some of the features that the company is adding are straight out of Samsung’s playbook.

LG‘s Smart Video pauses videos when the user looks away, an obvious carbon copy of Samsung’s Smart Pause. There’s also the Dual Camera feature, which simultaneously takes pictures using both sensors, and is exactly like Samsung’s Dual Shot. This is all for a device that already looks identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 (except without the stylus).

Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs. Optimus G Pro (right). Sources: Samsung and LG.

The Optimus G Pro was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, so it technically predates the Galaxy S4 that it also resembles. The 5.5-inch phablet isn’t expected to launch in the U.S. until May, though, which comes after the Galaxy S4.

The bad news for Samsung is that there’s little stopping LG from successfully using its own strategy against it. One of the benefits of enormous marketing budgets, however, is that Samsung has been able to build its Galaxy brand.

Another big marketing spender
While smaller rivals like HTC simply can’t keep up with Samsung’s marketing budget (even if HTC offers higher-quality products), larger competitors such as LG have more of a chance. Last year, LG spent $1.1 billion on advertising. When you add in other below-the-line marketing expenses like promotions ($652 million) and commissions ($1.6 billion), we’re talking about more than $3.3 billion in marketing.

That’s more than the $1 billion that Apple spent in fiscal 2012 (but less than Samsung) on advertising ,and Apple doesn’t really use below-the-line marketing as much. The Mac maker doesn’t typically offer very many promotions, and most of its sales are conducted through its online store or retail stores, where sales reps aren’t compensated with commissions.

Android loyalty isn’t Samsung loyalty
Android consumers have shown their fickleness before. It seems like just yesterday that HTC was the Android champion, but that was 2010. Even for users loyal to the platform, they’re normally not loyal to the OEM brand. It’s quite conceivable that another Android vendor could supplant Samsung in exactly the same way that Samsung displaced HTC.

Source: IDC.

Maybe it won’t be LG; maybe it’ll be Chinese vendors like ZTE or Huawei, both of which showed up on the global top-five radar last year. This may be more likely, since

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/13/is-samsung-about-to-get-samsunged/

How to Install the New S Translator from the GS4 onto Your Samsung Galaxy S3

If you watched Samsung’s Unpacked 2013 live last month, where they announced the new Galaxy S4, you probably sat through this awkward skit: This was Samsung’s way of introducing their new translation software, dubbed S Translator. In the skit, the backbacking American traveler in Shanghai typed his question in English, and the phone spoke it aloud in Chinese. The other man replied in Chinese, and the app translated the message back into English. Live conversation translation aside, the app can read English back in 9 different languages, and you can even speak in English and have it live… more

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Apple Stock Could Use a Phablet Boost

By Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Apple may be ready to concede that size matters in the smartphone world.

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes that bigger iPhones are one the way.

Now, before we get ahead of ourselves — dreaming of larger smarpthones and even fabled phablets — let’s frame this note appropriately. White has been known to dream big and wake up empty.

White turned heads last April when he slapped a price target of $1,001 on the stock. Two months later he suggested that the ballyhooed Apple HDTVs could hit the market in time for the 2012 holiday season. Neither vision materialized. A year later, Apple stock is trading at less than half of his price target. Anyone asking Santa for an iTV last year had to settle for an iPad Mini and a bag of coal.

However, he may be on to something this time.

White is trekking through Asia, visiting Chinese and Taiwanese suppliers that Apple and other consumer tech giants rely on for prototypes and eventual production runs. If a source in Apple’s supply chain is pointing to two — and possibly even three — different screen sizes for this summer’s inevitable iPhone 5S rollout, it’s a better wager than an analyst at home engaging in wishful thinking.

Go big or go home
The market initially applauded Apple’s decision to bump up the size of the iPhone 5. Going from 3.5-inch screens to 4-inch screens gave the stock a boost. Apple shares peaked the day that the iPhone 5 hit the market.

However, with Samsung and HTC embracing larger standards at 5 and 4.7 inches, respectively — and Google‘s Android continuing to run away with the market — Apple can’t ignore the call for wireless devices with larger screens.

The iPad recognized the market demand for smaller tablets by rolling out the wildly successful iPad Mini. Now it’s time to realize that the even the bigger iPhone 5 may not be big enough.

Analysts have been disappointed to see iPhone buyers flock to the older iPhone 4 and 4S models, but wireless customers aren’t going that route because they want smaller screens. They’re merely being won over by the notion of saving $100 or $200 on their phones.

BlackBerry‘s Z10 is off to a slow start this year, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the smartphone pioneer suffer another sequential dip in subscribers this quarter. Nokia flooded the market with Lumia phones, and even Microsoft‘s marketing muscle to push the Windows Phone-fueled devices failed to slow Android’s momentum.

Against this backdrop we have Samsung’s 5-inch Galaxy S4 coming out later this month, and there’s plenty of chatter of Samsung introducing devices with 5.5-inch and 6.3-inch screens later this year. This would naturally be phablet territory, and Samsung has already fared well there with the Galaxy Note line. If Apple is going to go bigger than the iPhone’s 4-inch screen — and if it is introducing …read more

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Microsoft's Raising the Bar on Smartphones

By Chris Neiger, The Motley Fool

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The latest word on the street was that Microsoft will issue an update to its Windows Phone software later this year that brings 1080p compatibility and support for new quad-core processors. 

The Verge first reported on the possible changes, along with the rumor that Microsoft will introduce a 5-inch displays or greater, which would push the Windows Phone OS into the phablet realm. Surprisingly, the current version of Windows Phone only supports 720p HD and doesn’t work with high-end quad-core processors.

Adding these two enhancements would be a big plus for handset makers selling phones with the Windows Phone OS. Apple‘s iPhone and many Android phones are compatible with quad-core processors, which is where the future of smartphone processors is going. Qualcomm and NVIDIA are two of the biggest names in the quad-core processor game, and both companies recently announced the latest versions of their high-end processors over the past few months. 

The shift to quad-core means that smartphones can work on more tasks at once, making apps and calculations much faster. Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 has the company’s own Exynos 5 Octa processor, and is sold as a quad-core phone in some locations and 8-core in others.  Qualcomm is the only chip maker licensed to provide processors for Windows Phones, and with the company continually building faster quad-core processors, Windows Phones need to catch up.

Adding quad-core capability may help Windows Phones compete against rival smartphone software from Apple  (iOS) and Google  (Android). The most important play for Windows Phone OS, though, is to try to take the third spot away from BlackBerry . Here’s a breakdown of the current OS market share in the United States:

Source: Kantar Worldpanel. 

Obviously Apple and Android dominate the OS market, but Windows Phone and BlackBerry seem to be on a back-and-forth path to take the No. 3 spot. Updates to Windows Phone would certainly make it a stronger competitor, but it’s still unclear if it will rise up and beat the BlackBerry OS. BB10 hasn’t been on the market as long as Windows Phone has, so investors will need to wait a little longer to see how it all plays out. 

Better late than never
It’s good to see Microsoft updating its OS to keep up with the fast-paced changes of the mobile environment, but I can’t help but feel that the OS is just playing catch-up with iOS and Android. With an upcoming release of Windows “Blue” coming later this year or in 2014, maybe Microsoft will launch an OS that truly is ahead, or at least on par, with high-end smartphones. But until then, the company is making a step in the right direction, even if it’s been slow to make it.

It’s been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who’ve watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is …read more

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More Evidence That Samsung Cares More About Marketing Than About Product Innovation

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Much of Samsung’s rise to the top of the global smartphone market can be tied directly to the size of its marketing budget. The South Korean company has pulled out all the stops when it comes to building its Galaxy brand. Its U.S. marketing budget jumped more than five times last year, surpassing the ad spending of primary rival Apple .

Even as Samsung is now the No. 1 smartphone vendor, many onlookers wonder where its priorities lie. The company has seemed content to dramatically increase its advertising campaigns, while many question its interest in building higher-quality products. Even its high-end flagship devices remain encased in plastic; many rivals in the market segment have begun to place a higher emphasis on build quality.

Here’s more evidence that Samsung cares more about marketing than it does about product innovation.

Money is where the heart is
Resource allocation can tell investors a lot about what a company values. At the same time, that spending is expected to yield tangible results in the form of innovative features. Samsung unveiled a slew of new features in the Galaxy S4, such as Air Gesture and Smart Scroll, but early reviewers considered most of them novelties.

Looking at how much Apple and Samsung each spent on advertising and marketing compared with research and development paints a clear picture.

Sources: Apple 10-K and Samsung Investor Relations. Fiscal year ending September shown for Apple. Samsung figures translated from South Korean won at current exchange rates.

Samsung put more money into its global marketing and promotional campaigns than it did into R&D last year, while Apple spent more than three times as much on R&D as it did advertising. In absolute dollars, Samsung vastly outspent its rival from Cupertino in R&D, but Samsung also has countless other divisions that it needs to sustain.

Last week, a Samsung spokesman told Reuters, “We’ll keep boosting our R&D spending, while marketing will be executed flexibly according to market conditions.”

Apple is also generally known to spend rather efficiently when it comes to R&D, which comprised just 2.2% of fiscal 2012 revenue. Samsung’s R&D spending for 2012 amounted to 5.7% of sales.

Just because marketing works doesn’t mean it’s more important than innovation.

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Not Even Facebook Can Save This Smartphone Maker

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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It’s been a rough couple of years for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. Once upon a time, it was the cream of the Android crop. Nowadays, South Korean rival Samsung has supplanted the company, primarily with advantages in distribution and marketing. With marketing being one of its biggest weaknesses, the company has realized that the whole “Quietly Brilliant” motto wasn’t working so well, promising to take a louder approach going forward.

HTC is also partnering with Facebook to launch the HTC First, which will be the first device to feature Facebook Home. Pairing up with the social network will certainly appeal to avid Facebookers looking to get their hands on the first real Facebook Phone, but ultimately the First is a mid-range device that won’t be able to turn the tables. That job is up to the HTC One.

Unfortunately for HTC, suppliers no longer consider it a “tier-one” smartphone maker, so it has been having trouble getting all the ingredients it needs. Cameras, in particular, are bottlenecking production, and HTC was forced to delay the global launch of its One device. The One delays have contributed to HTC posting its lowest profits on record.

HTC‘s bottom line in the first quarter was just $2.8 million. Revenue was down 37% to $1.4 billion, below even the low end of its guidance. In February, HTC guided to first-quarter sales of $1.7 billion to $2 billion.

A recent Chipworks teardown showed that HTC is sourcing cameras from STMicroelectronics and OmniVision . STMicroelectronics is providing the primary rear camera, which is a 4-megapixel shooter that HTC is hoping will dispel the megapixel myth in the smartphone camera wars. OmniVision is supplying the front-facing 2-megapixel sensor.

The primary sensor is the first backside-illuminated sensor that Chipworks has seen from STMicroelectronics, a technology in which OmniVision used to enjoy first-mover advantage. That’s notable because OmniVIsion offers a sensor with identical specs, yet STM was still able to score the design win. However, it’s also possible that HTC is dual sourcing (Chipworks only tore down one unit), but that implied commoditization isn’t necessarily a good thing, either. It’s not clear which of these companies is the supply chain culprit that’s holding back the One.

Everything is quite literally riding on the One. The flagship launches domestically this month, barely beating Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to market. Still, Samsung’s same advantages will still apply. For example, the Galaxy S4 will be available on all four major U.S. carriers, while HTC said the One won’t reach Verizon Wireless (the biggest of the four). AllThingsD reports that the One will indeed make its way to Big Red‘s network eventually, so perhaps HTC was playing coy.

For HTC, the One will make or break the company in 2013.

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Another Analyst Gets Even More Bullish on Qualcomm

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Following a bullish note on Qualcomm from Susquehanna analyst Chris Caso, the mobile chip giant is getting another analyst vote of approval today. This time, we’re talking about Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley boosting his estimates on Qualcomm’s prospects.

The analyst is reiterating a “buy” rating on the company while adding a couple bucks to his price target, bringing it to $85. Walkley believes that Qualcomm’s core businesses are holding up admirably to recent assaults from Broadcom , Intel, and NVIDIA . In fact, he’s even raising his market share estimates.

In February, Broadcom announced a new LTE baseband chip to target the discrete modem market, supporting next-generation technologies like LTE Advanced carrier aggregation. There is even speculation that Broadcom is looking to expand its relationship with Apple beyond Wi-Fi combo chips, and that the company was hoping to score another iPhone spot.

That same month, NVIDIA reached a major competitive milestone with its Tegra 4i. Previously code-named “Grey,” the Tegra 4i is NVIDIA‘s first applications processor with an integrated LTE modem. Qualcomm’s focus on integration has been a key driver of its smartphone market share gains, and NVIDIA wants a piece of that success.

Even though rivals are sampling competing chips this year, Canaccord believes that Qualcomm’s third-generation chipsets still boast considerable advantages to the first-generation silicon of other companies, particularly in areas like global and support and TD inclusion. LTE frequency fragmentation is also a tough nut to crack for newer entrants.

Like Caso, Walkley also sees Qualcomm benefiting greatly from Samsung’s new Galaxy S4. While only about a third of Galaxy S III variants were LTE enabled, the analyst estimates that two-thirds of Galaxy S4 variants will feature LTE connectivity. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors also seem to be in more Galaxy S4 variants this year instead of Samsung’s own Exynos. Add in the fact that Galaxy S4 units should come in at about 100 million over the next year, up from approximately 65 million Galaxy S III units to date, and you get a recipe for some healthy revenue upside.

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Will Best Buy Get the Last Laugh on Apple?

By Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Outside of Samsung itself, the biggest winner in the upcoming release of the revolutionary Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks may be Best Buy .

The struggling consumer-electronics chain will be housing Samsung Experience Shops inside its superstores, giving the South Korean consumer electronics giant a way to show off its latest phones, tablets, and laptops

AllThingsD‘s Ina Fried checked out one of the six test stores.

This isn’t merely display space at a prominent location within the store. The 450-square feet “store within a store” is staffed by a dedicated Samsung consultant to oversee the operations.

As Samsung gets cooler — and Apple sheds some of its swagger — Best Buy has positioned itself as a beneficiary.

BB&T Capital Markets analyst Anthony Chukumba made the argument in January, raising his rating and price target on Best Buy on the theory that folks will flock back to the superstore chain now that there’s less reason to hit up a dedicated Apple store.

It makes sense in theory, especially now that Samsung has another hit on its hands. You obviously can’t buy an S4 at Apple, and the coolness equation is pretty simple. Apple is way cooler than Best Buy, but Best Buy is also way cooler than the stand-alone wireless carrier stores.

The challenge, naturally, is if consumers still crave the in-store experience. Wireless carriers make it all too easy to order online and have smartphones shipped at the same in-store prices. However, waiting for the FedEx truck isn’t always an option for impatient owners after a smartphone gets smashed to bits. There are also plenty of early adopters who enjoy the release date ritual of lining up with other early adopters.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will Samsung promote these locations? Will they remain popular after the initial S4 buzz passes? Will customers balk after realizing that the S4 costs $50 more than the iPhone 5?

More importantly, will this be too successful? Apple and Mr. Softy have been able to open their stand-alone stores because of brand recognition; but isn’t it a matter of time before Samsung follows suit? If enough shoppers are flocking to Best Buy for the sake of the Samsung mini-store, it won’t be long before Samsung begins hitting up mall landlords to find selling space.

If Samsung times it just right, it can wait until J.C. Penney cans Ron Johnson, the guy who helped Apple introduce its still popular chain before flopping badly in his makeover at the department store chain.

This is about to get interesting.

The brick-and-mortar versus e-commerce battle wages on, with Best Buy caught in the middle. After what might have been its most tumultuous year in history, there are now even more unanswered questions about the future for the big-box electronics retailer. How will new leadership perform? Will old leadership take the company private? Will a smaller store format work out for both the company and its brave …read more

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Market Minute: Time Warner Enters Streaming Movie Business

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There’s a big new player in online movies, and Best Buy is expanding its connection with a major phone maker.

Time Warner (TWX) is jumping into the business of streaming online video, focusing on its vast library of classic movie and TV shows. A subscription will cost $10 a month – about two dollars more than Netflix (NFLX) charges. Still, Time Warner could present a challenge to Netflix, Amazon (AMZN) and others.

Rival entertainment giant Walt Disney (DIS) is closing down its video game-making unit, LucasArts. Disney paid $4 billion in December to buy the parent company, Lucasfilm.

Best Buy (BBY) is planning to set aside prime space in its stores dedicated to mobile phones, cameras and other products made by Samsung. Samsung, which will soon roll out its Galaxy S4 phone, does not have its own retail stores. Best Buy is also planning to sell the Apple (AAPL) iPad3 at a 30 percent discount.

Facebook (FB) is expected to unveil a deal with smartphone maker HTC that will feature the social network site as a possible homepage on the Android phones. The aim is to prompt users to spend more time on Facebook, which will result in higher ad revenue.

The chief product officer at Lululemon (LULU) is taking the fall for the see-through yoga pants fiasco that forced the company to issue a major recall: Sheree Waterson is leaving the company. As you may recall, the material became too sheer when the wearer bent over. The recall is expected to cost the company as much as $67 million dollars.

And the KFC unit of Yum Brands (YUM) will soon allow customers to pre-pay for food by using a mobile wallet when they call in an order. The program will start in the U.K. and soon expand to the U.S. McDonald’s (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) already offer similar programs.

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