Video:  Samsung Electronics to Buy Back $2 Billion in Shares

Samsung Electronics to Buy Back $2 Billion in Shares

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South Korea's Samsung Electronics on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits. The world's largest smartphone maker will buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares to stabilise its share price and boost value for shareholders, it said in a regulatory filing, its second-largest buyback ever.

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Video:  IPad Had First Full Year of Decline in 2014

IPad Had First Full Year of Decline in 2014

The tablet market may be in even worse shape than we thought. When the dust has settled, 2014 is expected to be the first full year iPad shipments have declined each quarter. That's according to a new report from research firm IDC. The drop in sales is part of a larger trend that IDC describes as a "massive deceleration" in the worldwide tablet market.

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Microsoft Drops AT&T Lumia 635 Smartphone to $39 -- Off Contract

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Target's Best Black Friday Deals

Target's offering some pretty sweet deals on cameras, tablets and TVs this Black Friday. Mashable rounded up the most dramatic discounts to help save you money in the depths of your turkey coma. You can save a whopping $600 on a high-end Nikon SLR camera, and capture the holiday season with stunning high-resolution photos. Or hum along to Jingle Bell Rock with new Able Planet headphones, reduced by $100. Scared of getting trampled by a horde of discount shoppers? Fret not.

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Video:  Sony to Cut TV, Smartphone Lineup; Sees Growth in PlayStation, Image Sensors

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Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple and Samsung Electronics in consumer electronics, Sony said on Tuesday its goal for TV and smartphones is to turn a profit, even if sales slide as much as 30 percent.

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