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iPod touch 4 LCD Display and Front Panel Assembly Video.

SmartPhoneMedic recently published a video on YouTube which compares the LCD display and front panel assembly of the unannounced iPod touch 4 with iPhone 4 and iPod touch 3rd gen. The new iPod touch 4 appears to be larger than the previous version and also has a hole on the front panel which indicates that it will certainly feature a front-facing camera. Sourced from touchreviews.

Philips to Sell LCD TV Business to TPV.
Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics plans to sell its LCD TV business in the Chinese market to Admiral Holdings Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed TPV Technology Limited, according to an announcement issued by TPV on Thursday. The two companies reached a letter of intention on the same day, under which TPV will be allowed to use the Philips brand for its TV products for 5 years. At the same time, the sales and distribution business of Philips TV in China including both its inventories and employees will be transferred to TPV, the First Financial Daily reports. Read more at crinordic.

Sprout Social Debuts Social Media Management Platform For Businesses.
The startup’s platform allows businesses to connect to customers and monitor key metrics and the overall competitive landscape using social media tools. The Sprout Social platform integrates with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, LinkedIn and Foursquare and includes lead generation, business intelligence, offer and promotion distribution services, as well as brand monitoring and analytics. Read more at techcrunch.

LG Display maintains plans for advanced panel production in China.
Although LGD is still waiting for approval from the China government for its plant project, the company indicated that it plans to invest US$4 billion to set up an 8.5G plant in Guangzhou, China for 32-, 47- and 55-inch TV panel production. Monthly capacity is designed at 120,000 substrates with mass production scheduled in the first quarter of 2012, the company added. Read the full article at digitimes.

Wintek signs patent licensing agreement with Seiko Epson.
Wintek has announced the signing of a patent cross licensing agreement with Japan-based Seiko Epson for LCD manufacturing.The agreement was signed on August 26, taking retroactive effect as of January 1, 2010, according to Wintek. Wintek noted that the licensing is mainly for the remaining patents of Seiko Epson for TFT and STN manufacturing. Seiko Epson in 2009 sold its TFT-LCD panel plant to Sony's small- to medium-size subsidiary, Sony Mobile Display (SMD). Sourced from digitmes.

New accounting rules in Taiwan to generate software/hardware demand valued at NT$70 billion.
As all of Taiwan-listed companies will be required to use IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for accounting beginning 2013, they have to modify their existing accounting systems or introduce IFRS anew, which is expected to generate demand for IT software/hardware and consulting services with a market potential estimated at NT$70 billion (US$2.19 billion), according to the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Read more at digitimes.

Tight capacity keeps smartphone touch panel pricing high.
Although 3.5-inch capacitive touch panels have already been out for 3-4 years, prices of 3.5-inch applications for smartphones remain high at US$12-13 due to tight supply, according to market sources. The prices for 3.5-inch capacitive touch panels for smartphones in 2009 were US$11-12, lower than current prices, the sources noted. Sourced from digitimes.

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