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NPB: Baseball Remembers 3/11
Three years ago, the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region. Millions were impacted, thousands perished, and hundreds of thousands remain displaced by the quake and tsunami.
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Sat Mar 08, 2014
"Social Media Doesn't Sleep": How This Local Shop Cranked Sales From $63K To $7 Million
"We sold our house, got a loan, and slept on air mattresses for a year in rented spare rooms," Harbour recalls.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Tokyo Philharmonic to Perform with Students from Fukushima and NYC to ...
Rakuten, Inc., hereinafter referred to as Rakuten , will support the TOMODACHI Project , a U.S.-Japan music exchange program for Fukushima university students and New York special music school students.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Rakuten CEO Aims for 2 Billion Users With Viber Message App Deal
Hiroshi Mikitani, chief executive officer of the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc. , aims to expand to 2 billion users with his acquisition of messaging service Viber Media Inc. Growth for Viber's free messaging and Internet calling app is already accelerating.
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Billionaire Son Matching Facebook Ends Japan Risk Drop
A four-week decline in SoftBank Corp. 's bond risk is ending on concern billionaire founder Masayoshi Son will take on more debt to follow Facebook Inc. and Rakuten Inc.'s investments in mobile-messaging services.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
The Washington Post
Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Heightens Allure of Tango to Kik: Tech
Facebook Inc.'s purchase of WhatsApp Inc. for $19 billion is heightening the allure of other fledgling businesses, some of them little known in the U.S., that specialize in letting users send messages.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
The Washington Post
SoftBank Said to Seek Stake in Naver's Line Messaging Unit
SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea's Naver Corp., people with knowledge of the matter said.
Russian Zuckerberg gets boost from Facebook ceo's Wwhatsapp deal
After Facebook Inc. announced last week that it's buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a competing messaging application backed by Pavel Durov, creator of Russia's largest social network, saw the number of people signing up to use the service quadruple.
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten
"The launch is a natural transition of the company's acquisition by Rakuten in September 2013, and marks the first step in Rakuten's move to bring together Viki's global content, language and community-first DNA to expand the scope of Rakuten's $16 billion digital content and e-commerce business."
WhatsApp, bought by Facebok for $19B, one of several popular Asian communication apps
Facebook's announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps.
Orange hasn't given up competing for the future of messaging
Orange is hoping it can compete more effectively with over-the-top messaging vendors thanks to an upgraded version of its Libon service that lets uses chat with anyone who has a device with an HTML browser.
Wed Feb 19, 2014
ViSenze Announces US$3.5 Million Series A Funding
Series A round of financing led by Rakuten Ventures , with participation from new investors Walden International and UOB Venture Management .
Tue Feb 18, 2014
The Motley Fool
Why Rakuten Bought Viber
Japanese Internet company Rakuten , a 10,000-person e-commerce giant with a $20 billion market capitalization , announced last week it will buy Viber for $900 million, in a deal that would add 300 million users to Rakuten's user base.
Rakuten Opens Its First European R&D Center In Paris
Rakuten, the Japan-based Internet services company, opened its first European research and development center in Paris today .
Upsetting the app cart: Asian messaging services challenge mobile order
Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google Inc, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and telecoms carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.
The Times of Israel
Viber deal may pave the way for Israeli tech to Japan
Business deals between Japanese multinationals and Israeli tech start-ups have been few and far between.
Mobile Minutes: The new drive-thru, app spending, Rakuten buys Viber, Facebook referral traffic
Ordering fast food by mobile app is the new drive-through Soon, the next time you want to Live Mas you might be ordering your Doritos Locos Tacos from your smartphone.
Mon Feb 17, 2014
Rakuten Feels Viber's Messaging Vibe
Viber is not like Skype or WhatsApp in terms of popularity, but Rakuten felt it could be a platform on which it could build monetizable services.
Sun Feb 16, 2014
Nikkei rebounds in choppy trade; Rakuten slides
The benchmark Nikkei fell as much as 0.7 percent to 14,214.60, its lowest since Feb. 6, following the GDP data, before short-covering helped it erase losses to last trade up 0.3 percent at 14,349.32.
Asian Stocks Outside Japan Advance After China's Lending Data
Asian stocks outside Japan gained, with a regional gauge heading for an almost three-week high, after a report showing China 's new credit increased to a record in January.