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Samsung Joins the Smart Home Sensor Battle With Apple, Google

First came the PC, then the Internet, then the smartphone and tablet. Now, technology companies want to link them all to your front door, your bathroom light, or your furnace -- anything with an on-off switch, and some things that don’t yet have them -- using myriad sensors throughout your house.

Apple Could Lease IPhones to Help Spur Upgrades: Macquarie

Apple Inc. could take a page from the auto industry and lease iPhones, providing a lower-cost option for consumers and carriers that could boost the pace of phone upgrades, Macquarie Securities USA Inc. analyst Kevin Smithen wrote in a note Wednesday.

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The number of wireless subscribers in India, where carriers recently agreed to spend $18 billion to buy airwaves from the government

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Naspers CEO Defies China Slump to Leapfrog Netflix in Africa

Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown.

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Shaky Markets Complicate Jack Ma's Stock Plan

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai are planning to raise more than $2 billion through a margin loan pledged against the company’s stock, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Zeb Eckert has more on "First Up." (Source: Bloomberg)

Skype Founder: Market Rout Will Weed Out Weak Startups

The recent stock-market turmoil will probably help the technology industry by making startups with viable business ideas more visible while pushing aside those with weaker prospects, according to venture capitalist and Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom. Bloomberg's Emily Chang reports on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Alibaba Chairmen Said to Plan $2B Loan Against Stock

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai are planning to raise more than $2 billion through a margin loan pledged against the company’s stock, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Emily Chang reports on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

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