Friday Apr 4
Rakuten halts whale meat sales
The move -- which also includes a ban on dolphin meat sales -- comes as Japan said Thursday it was cancelling this year's hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century to abide by the decision of the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice this week.
Small Business Trends
Skype Competitor Viber, Bought by Rakuten, Will Become Face-to-Face eCommerce
The hot new thing in tech at the moment is mobile phone IM platforms. Facebook bought WhatsApp , and Skype is boasting 300 million users worldwide.
Asia News Network
Petaling Jaya: Online shopping starts to gain more traction in M'sia
If you are a shopaholic and hate going to busy malls, then online shopping would be an ideal choice.
Rakuten's big shopping plans for Singapore
Japan's largest online retail store has big plans for the local version of its online shopping site - also named Rakuten - that it launched in January, according to its CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani.
Yahoo Japan to buy mobile provider eAccess
Search engine Yahoo Japan Corp. said it will buy mobile provider eAccess Ltd. from parent SoftBank Corp. to become a carrier in its own right, as its dominance in Japan comes under siege from rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. and Rakuten Inc. The Yen324 billion deal by Japan's biggest Internet portal also represents a realignment of assets within ... (more)
International Business Times
Instagram, Pinterest Online War, Who's Winning?
Pinterest, the image curation Web site will soon open its doors for advertisers online.
Pinterest investor and Buy.com owner Rakuten slammed for selling ivory and whale on Japanese site
As Rakuten attempts to become a worldwide player in e-commerce, an environmental group is calling on it to stop selling and advertising whale meat and ivory on its Japanese website.
Mail & Guardian
E-firm profits from slaughter of rare species
Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce company that owns Play.com and Kobo, is the world's biggest online retailer of elephant ivory and whale meat.
Japan retailer Rakuten slammed over ivory and whale meat products
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is the world's largest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products, an environmental campaign group said Tuesday, saying that running the advertisements was akin to arming poachers.