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Social games maker Zynga expands lineup


It filed for an initial public offering of up to $1 billion in July. Difficult market conditions spurred by the weak economy have forced Zynga to delay the IPO, according to media reports.Pincus introduced several new games at the company’s headquarters such as “CastleVille” and “Hidden Chronicles,” in which players must find hidden objects.Zynga’s new franchise, “Zynga Casino,” includes its Poker game and a bingo game.Zynga has been increasingly challenged by other video game companies such as Electronic Arts, which are starting to attack its gaming turf on Facebook.


HP expands PC sales lead, Lenovo No. 2 -Gartner


Oct 12 (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co’s personal computer shipments grew 5.3 percent in the third quarter, while China’s Lenovo overtook Dell to become the world’s No. 2 PC maker for the first time, Gartner data showed.HP – which is scrambling to decide whether to sell, keep or spin off its PC division by the end of October – now commands a 17.7 percent share of an ailing global market, up marginally from 17.3 percent a year ago, the tech research house said.Wall Street analysts had speculated a premature announcement about the potential spinoff of its largest division would drive customers away.Lenovo, aided by a laptop-sales tie-up with Japan’s NEC and aggressive marketing, expanded its market share to 13.5 percent from 11.1 percent, eclipsing Dell’s 11.6 pecent.PC sales are sputtering as consumers turn increasingly to mobile devices from smartphones to tablets like Apple Inc’s iPad, while faltering economies pressure corporate spending on technology hardware.U.S. PC shipments edged up just 1.1 percent to 17.8 million units in the third quarter. While anemic, that marked the first time shipments had grown in three straight quarters. HP notably expanded its shipments by 15.1 percent in its home market.“Despite the potential spinoff of its PC business, HP executives’ efforts to give the appearance of ‘business as usual’ seemed to work,” Gartner wrote in its statement.Emerging markets – such as Lenovo’s backyard, China – remain however a rare bright spot in an otherwise gloomy outlook.“The PC industry has been performing below normal seasonality,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “As expected, back-to-school PC sales were disappointing in mature markets, confirming that the consumer PC market continues to be weak. The popularity of non-PC devices, including media tablets, such as the iPad and smartphones, took consumers’ spending away from PCs."As the PC market faced a slowdown, vendor consolidation has become a more apparent trend in the industry. Lenovo’s recent merger with NEC, and its acquisition of Medion, as well as HP’s announcement that it may spin off or sell its PC business, underlined this trend during the quarter.”


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Samsung expands sales ban requests against Apple


Since April, Apple and Samsung have been locked in an acrimonious legal battle in 10 countries involving smartphones and tablet computers as they jostle for the top spot in the fast-growing markets. Apple is also Samsung’s biggest customer, buying mainly chips and displays.Samsung’s latest salvo came after the South Korean electronics giant suffered a series of setbacks in its ongoing legal battles with Apple.Apple has scored preliminary injunctions against some Samsung products in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, and further seeks to block sales of Samsung models in the United States, the key smartphone battleground.Samsung saw its request for a sales ban against some Apple products rejected by a Dutch court on Friday.Samsung said on Monday that it had appealed the Australian court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.“We do respect Apple as our biggest client but we won’t stand idly by, letting them infringe on our interest,” Samsung Electronics CEO Choi Gee-sung was quoted as saying by a spokesperson last week.The president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, left for the United States on Sunday to attend Apple’s private memorial service for Steve Jobs, a spokeswoman for Samsung Group said.Local media speculated that Lee may have a separate meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook and discuss ways to resolve the intensifying legal row, but the spokeswoman denied the reports.


UPDATE 1-HP expands PC lead, Lenovo No. 2 for 1st time


Oct 12 (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co’s personal computer shipments grew 5.3 percent in the third quarter, while China’s Lenovo overtook Dell to become the world’s No. 2 PC maker for the first time, according to data from two influential research firms.HP – which is scrambling to decide whether to sell, keep or spin off its PC division by the end of October – now commands a 17.7 percent share of an ailing global market, up marginally from 17.3 percent a year ago, tech research house Gartner said.Rival firm IDC put HP’s market share at 18.1 percent. IDC also ranked HP, Lenopvo and Dell Nos. 1, 2 and 3.Wall Street analysts had speculated a premature announcement about the potential spinoff of HP’s largest division would drive customers away.Lenovo, aided by a laptop-sales tie-up with Japan’s NEC and aggressive marketing, expanded its market share to 13.5 percent from 11.1 percent, eclipsing Dell’s 11.6 pecent.PC sales are sputtering as consumers turn increasingly to mobile devices from smartphones to tablets like Apple Inc’s iPad, while faltering economies pressure corporate spending on technology hardware.But IDC foresaw a bounceback in 2012 as HP and other PC makers begin to crank out smaller “ultra-mobile” computers.“For the moment, PCs have taken a backseat to a range of other devices competing for shrinking consumer and business budgets,” said Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC.“While growth is expected to stay in mid-single digits in the fourth quarter, we should see faster growth in 2012 and beyond."U.S. PC shipments edged up just 1.1 percent to 17.8 million units in the third quarter, according to Gartner. While anemic, that marked the first time shipments had grown in three straight quarters. HP notably expanded its shipments by 15.1 percent in its home market, the firm said."Despite the potential spinoff of its PC business, HP executives’ efforts to give the appearance of ‘business as usual’ seemed to work,” Gartner wrote in its statement.Emerging markets – such as Lenovo’s backyard, China – remain however a rare bright spot in an otherwise gloomy outlook.“The PC industry has been performing below normal seasonality,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “As expected, back-to-school PC sales were disappointing in mature markets, confirming that the consumer PC market continues to be weak. The popularity of non-PC devices, including media tablets, such as the iPad and smartphones, took consumers’ spending away from PCs."As the PC market faced a slowdown, vendor consolidation has become a more apparent trend in the industry. Lenovo’s recent merger with NEC, and its acquisition of Medion, as well as HP’s announcement that it may spin off or sell its PC business, underlined this trend during the quarter.”