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April 19th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

The hidden front in the smartphone war

You used to be able to define the success of an electronics company by the quality of its product. But in the smartphone wars, it's not just about how good the camera is or how much memory a phone has - the quality of a company's patent portfolio matters just as much.

It's a fight being waged in the courtroom as much as in stores. And it's resulted in the strange scenario where if you shun a Windows Phone in favor of buying an Android device... you could still be putting money in Microsoft's pocket!

Confused? Kristie Lu Stout explains.

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Filed under: Gadgets • General • Technology
April 19th, 2012
06:25 AM ET

Shedding Light on Scandal

China is renewing its commitment to "thoroughly investigate" the death of a British businessman.

The Neil Heywood case has unfolded like something out of a movie... with allegations of illegal money transfers, betrayal and foul play. But it is very real and has cost a powerful Chinese politician his career.

Bo Xilai was once a rising star of the Communist Party. Now his wife. Gu Kailai, is being held as a suspect in Heywood's death. Bo himself is under investigation for "serious discipline violations."

Our Beijing Bureau Chief sheds light on the deepening scandal.

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Filed under: China • General