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Microsoft launches mobile music in the UK

Microsoft has launched a mobile music download service in the UK that it claims is one of the first in the country to be network independent.

Sony still committed to handset JV

Sony is still committed to its mobile handset joint-venture with Sweden’s Ericsson and has no plans to divest its stake in Sony Ericsson, a Sony spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires today.

Ericsson could fund Sony Ericsson

Reuters reports that Ericsson said yesterday it was ready to inject money into struggling joint venture Sony Ericsson if needed.

Sony reports US1B annual loss

AP News notes that Sony reported a JPY98.9 billion (US$1 billion) loss for the fiscal year ended March, its first annual net loss in 14 years, and projected it would lose even more money this year amid a serious slump in the global electronics market.

Report: Sony plans PlayStation gaming phone

Japan’s Sony is planning to develop a mobile device based on its popular PlayStation platform that will combine mobile phone and portable gaming functionality, reports Reuters, citing Japan’s Nikkei business daily.

Ericsson sticks with Sony Ericsson

Ericsson has reaffirmed plans to continue its struggling joint handset venture with Japan’s Sony, reports Reuters.

New Sony e-book reader US100 cheaper than Kindle

Cellular News notes that Sony is determined to recapture consumers’ attention with an e-book reader that is smaller and US$100 cheaper than Amazon’s Kindle. Sony is expected today to announce that it will release the ‘Reader Pocket Edition’ by the end of August.

 

Ericsson CEO: Banks will support Sony Ericsson

Ericsson’s outgoing CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg has reaffirmed the Swedish vendor’s commitment to Sony Ericsson, its loss-making handset joint venture with Japan’s Sony.

Sony develops lithium iron phosphate battery

Sony has announced a new type of lithium ion rechargeable battery that combines high-power and long-life performance, using olivine-type lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material, notes Telecompaper.

Sony to up joint procurement with handset unit

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is to increase the number of components it procures jointly with Sony Ericsson in a bid to save money at its struggling handset unit, a joint-venture with Sweden’s Ericsson.