Posts Tagged: Japan



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
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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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With 350 million registered users, Line looks at mobile commerce for future growth

Generating over $330 million in revenue last year, Line has shown the world how a messaging app can earn boatloads of money. During a visit ...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 9:30 am
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Expand to Asia’s biggest tech markets with Market Expansion Tracks

We at Tech in Asia receive many emails requesting introductions to possible partners across Asia and it is tough to answer them all one by o...

  • February 13, 2014
  • at 8:00 pm
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Line adds a new theme store

Line gets colorful, adds new theme store in updated Android app

Messaging app Line has updated to v4.0 on Android, but it hasn’t resulted in a much-needed visual update for the old-looking app. Inst...

  • February 7, 2014
  • at 5:02 pm
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Sony sells VAIO PC business

It’s official: Sony ditches Vaio, will spin off TV business

Weeks after rumors concerning the fate of Sony’s Vaio PC arm began to circulate, the Japanese electronics company today officially an...

  • February 6, 2014
  • at 4:11 pm
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SmartNews reader app in Japan

SmartNews app challenges Flipboard in Japan with over 2 million active users

There are tons of mobile news reader apps out there, though Flipboard gets most of the attention. To stand out in the crowd, an app needs to...

  • February 5, 2014
  • at 7:25 pm
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Get unlimited use of chat app Line with Singapore telco’s new prepaid plan

Singapore residents can now send messages and stickers from popular chat app Line to their friends at 40 cents a day or S$6 ($4.70) for 30 d...

  • February 4, 2014
  • at 5:25 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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Viber was the enigma of the mobile messaging wars. Why did Rakuten buy it for $900 million?

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce firm, will purchase Viber, the Cyprus-based mobile messaging star...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 3:34 pm
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Indonesia’s marketplace Bukalapak welcomes new investors Aucfan and 500 Startups

Bukalapak will use the new funds to “further enhance its marketplace platform, by streamlining user experience in online transaction, enha...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 2:00 am
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Japan-based Cinnamon gets $1.5M in funding just in time for a major product pivot

Cinnamon, the Japanese startup that pitched its photo app Seconds at last year’s Startup Asia Singapore, yesterday announced it received $...

  • February 11, 2014
  • at 6:11 pm
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Brave Frontier developer Gumi gets second investment in 2 months for regional expansion

Less than two months after closing a $19 million funding round, Tokyo-based mobile game developer Gumi has just accepted an undisclosed su...

  • February 6, 2014
  • at 6:15 pm
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Line messaging app racks up $338 million in revenue in 2013

The company behind the messaging app Line has today revealed some financial figures for Q4 (October and December) and the whole of 2013. Acc...

  • February 6, 2014
  • at 11:10 am
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DeNA Q3 2013 revenue profit

Struggling against new gaming challengers, DeNA sees revenues and profits plunge

The team at DeNA must be wearing out the minus buttons on their calculators. The mobile social gaming company posted its Q3 financial report...

  • February 5, 2014
  • at 3:40 pm
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Having struggled through a tough year, Gumi bounces back stronger

"We are going to be the number one mobile game company. We are going to create the best self-developed games." says Gumi CEO Hironao Kunimit...

  • February 4, 2014
  • at 9:08 am
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