Posts Tagged: Japan


DeNA Groovy

DeNA loses its groove, shuts down music streaming service

It appears that DeNA’s (TYO:2432) music streaming app has hit a Spotify of trouble. Sorry, I mean a spot of trouble. DeNA has announce...

  • March 4, 2014
  • at 2:01 pm
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Why Microsoft’s Xbox One doesn’t stand a chance in Japan

The Microsoft’s Xbox One will be launching in Japan later this year, and I’ve got to say, things are not looking very optimistic for...

  • March 3, 2014
  • at 4:04 pm
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Japanese news curation app Kamelio gets $490,000 funding from Global Brain

Tokyo-based Shiroyagi Corporation recently launched a news curation app called Kamelio. Just last week the startup announced that it has rai...

  • March 3, 2014
  • at 12:00 pm
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Hulu ends global ambitions, sells off Japan video site

Hulu ends global ambitions, sells off Japan video site

US-based video streaming service Hulu launched in Japan back in 2011, bringing hot movies and TV shows from the US, Japan, and beyond to sub...

  • February 28, 2014
  • at 11:22 am
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Line wants to steal you away from Skype with new phone calls service

Right in the thick of chat app madness, Japan’s Line messenger has announced it will roll out a new feature to further boost its alrea...

  • February 26, 2014
  • at 3:10 pm
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How Japan’s Terra Motors wants to plug developing nations into e-bikes

Japan-based electric motorbike startup Terra Motors has been a pretty busy company over the past year, with branches opened in Vietnam, the ...

  • February 24, 2014
  • at 12:45 pm
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Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten strengthens its presence in Europe with new R&D center in Paris

Rakuten, the Japanese tech firm best-known for e-commerce, has announced it will develop a new center for research and development in Paris....

  • February 19, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm
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After leaving Zynga, this founder ditched the gaming business for online shopping

With millions of dollars in the bank, most people would already be satisfied with life. But serial entrepreneur Shintaro Yamada wanted more ...

  • February 19, 2014
  • at 10:35 am
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Kamcord records 2 billion mobile game videos as it launches Chinese, Japanese, and Korean versions

We’ve had our eye on Kamcord, the maker of a mobile game recording SDK for iOS and Android, ever since it received funding from Chi...

  • February 18, 2014
  • at 7:00 am
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Mt Gox alleges theft and hacking in Bitcoin heist, considers re-starting trading

Mt Gox alleges theft and hacking in huge Bitcoin heist, considers re-starting trading

After filing for bankruptcy protection at the end of last week, the embattled Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has posted a statement to its site ex...

  • March 3, 2014
  • at 5:57 pm
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How one game saved ‘Japan’s Facebook’ from the brink

How one game brought ‘Japan’s Facebook’ back from the brink of disaster

Mixi, once Japan’s largest social network, is back from the dead. In September 2006, Mixi was the first so-called web 2.0 startup ever to ...

  • March 3, 2014
  • at 1:03 pm
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Bitcoin in the shitter

Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange ends week of turmoil, files for bankruptcy

Exactly one week after shutting down under mysterious circumstances, causing a huge drop in Bitcoin prices, the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox Bitcoin ...

  • February 28, 2014
  • at 7:27 pm
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Now you can create your own sticker sets on Line, and earn money from them too

Popular Japanese messaging app recently announced it will introduce a new feature that lets users create and sell their own virtual stickers...

  • February 26, 2014
  • at 5:01 pm
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Japanese telco rumored to be chatting up Line, seeking stake in popular messaging app

The messaging app landgrab is on. Less than a week after Facebook bought out WhatsApp, and shortly after Rakuten acquired Viber, a report in...

  • February 25, 2014
  • at 11:36 am
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Japan and South Korea spend the most money per capita on apps

Japan and South Korea led growth in money spent on mobile apps last year, according to the latest joint report from mobile analytics firm A...

  • February 19, 2014
  • at 9:00 pm
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Image recognition startup ViSenze gets $3.5 million from Rakuten Ventures and other new investors

Visuals are now at the forefront of the Internet, with Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr becoming popular sites to consume content. Yet searc...

  • February 19, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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Japan’s Smart Education raises $5.4 million to take kids e-learning apps global

Japan’s Smart Education raises $5.4 million to take kids e-learning apps global

Tokyo-based Smart Education, a developer of educational mobile apps for kids, announced yesterday that it has raised 550 million yen ($5.4 m...

  • February 18, 2014
  • at 7:00 pm
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After Rakuten acquisition, Viber reveals it has 100 million active users

After Rakuten acquisition, Viber reveals it has 100 million active users

Earlier today, the popular messaging app Viber revealed it has been acquired by Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce titan. The $900 million dea...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 7:50 pm
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