The iPhone, it's safe to say, is big in Japan. Toward the end of last year, three out of every four smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones, according to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Tim Cook said during Apple's most recent earnings call that its phone sales in the country shot up 40 percent after it signed a deal with NTT Docomo.
SoftBank Corp. President Masayoshi Son, drumming up support for the idea of merging his Sprint Corp. with T-Mobile US Inc., said he can give U.S. Internet users a new option with lower prices and faster speeds.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is disputing U.S. allegations that he used chemical weapons against civilians, and said the Obama administration hasn’t proved he did, according to CBS News correspondent Charlie Rose.
Republican presidential candidates promised to deliver the leadership that Washington needs to overcome congressional gridlock as they pitched their plans for jobs and taxes and called for the removal of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a debate tonight at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Participating in the event, sponsored by Bloomberg News and the Washington Post, were former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; Texas Governor Rick Perry; former pizza magnate Herman Cain; Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman; Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker; Ron Paul, a Texas representative; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Moderators of the debate included PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, Bloomberg reporter
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, scolded on the international stage last year for the U.S. debt- limit impasse, returns to Group of 20 talks positioned to play his job’s traditional role of chief promoter of faster growth and more jobs.