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To thrive in a mobile-device market increasingly dominated by software specialists like Apple, Google and Microsoft, which acquired Nokia's phone business last month, Samsung is aiming to become a software power in its own right. By Emma Thomasson and Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - Traditional stores can take on e-commerce and keep their major role by reinventing themselves faster to best combine shopping in stores and online, top retailers said on Tuesday. Despite the challenge from players like Amazon, 68 percent of retailers say stores remain the most important channel for shoppers and one in three plan to expand their footprint, according to a survey by the Australian Centre of Retail Studies released at a conference in the French capital. ... NEW YORK (AP) - Google is introducing a new, cheap laptop based on its Chrome operating system. By Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nest Labs has a new gadget to sell and it's another little-noticed, pedestrian home device: smoke detectors. The Silicon Valley startup that elevated the lowly thermostat with attention-grabbing designs is now launching a $129 "Nest Protect," a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that speaks and responds to hand gestures. Nest - co-founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers - has embedded its sleek gadget with a female voice that warns users when smoke and carbon monoxide levels get dangerously high. ...