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Nikkei:
Japan's second-largest mobile carrier KDDI says it is investing about $800M for a 49% stake in online securities company Kabu.com   —  Japan's second-largest wireless provider hurries to diversify from smartphones  —  TOKYO — KDDI will invest in online brokerage Kabu.com Securities …
Feb 17, 2019, 8:45 PMIn context
Nikkei:
Sources say Google plans to unveil a lower-priced smartphone in 2019, and expect it to be cheaper than the iPhone XR, which starts at $749   —  Tech giant seeks to exploit Apple woes to drive hardware expansion  —  TAIPEI — Google plans to unveil its first lower-priced smartphone this year …
Feb 13, 2019, 10:10 PMIn context
Hisashi Iwato / Nikkei:
Japanese electronics maker NEC says it will acquire KMD, Denmark's largest IT business, for ~$1.22B in a deal expected to close at the end of February   —  Japanese company taps KMD's experience in servicing European public sector  —  TOKYO — Electronics maker NEC will acquire KMD Holding …
Dec 27, 2018, 8:35 PMIn context
Yoichiro Hiroi / Nikkei Asian Review:
Tencent partners with Line to offer payment services via WeChat Pay to small businesses in Japan, starting in 2019 with processing fees waived through July 2021   —  Tie-up targets Chinese tourists, but faces competition from Yahoo-Alibaba service  —  TOKYO — Tencent Holdings will team …
Nov 26, 2018, 10:00 PMIn context
Nikkei:
Alphabet to close its Schaft robotics unit and dissolve the project later this year, after seeking other options when a deal to sell it to SoftBank collapsed   —  Tokyo-born unit Schaft lost its way after departure of robot chief Andy Rubin  —  TOKYO — Alphabet, the holding company behind Google …
Nov 15, 2018, 7:35 AMIn context
Nikkei:
Origami, a Tokyo-based mobile payments company, raises ~$60M Series C from China Union Pay, others for developing and rolling out QR-code based payment services   —  $60m raised will go toward Chinese and Southeast Asian expansion  —  TOKYO — Mobile payment company Origami …
Sep 21, 2018, 10:50 AMIn context
Nikkei:
Renesas, Japan-based automotive chip company, is in late stage talks to acquire US-based wireless chip maker Integrated Device Technology, sources say for $6B+   —  Once-troubled Japanese chipmaker is on the hunt in US  —  TOKYO — Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics wants …
Sep 1, 2018, 8:45 PMIn context
Nikkei:
Sources: Google is preparing to launch its own smart speaker with a display for the holiday season; 3M units are planned for first batch   —  Taiwan suppliers told to prepare for hardware blitz to challenge Amazon  —  TAIPEI — Google is preparing to release a smart speaker equipped …
Aug 16, 2018, 10:35 PMIn context
Nikkei:
Sources: Japan trade commission is investigating allegations that pressure from Apple forced Yahoo Japan to pull back from its web-based game platform Game Plus   —  FTC looks into alleged pressure to quash Yahoo's Game Plus platform  —  TOKYO — Japan is investigating allegations that pressure …
Aug 15, 2018, 5:20 PMIn context
Nikkei:
Intel says its XMM 7560 modem chip with support for CDMA networks is now in trial and mass production, while its XMM 8060 5G offering will be available in 2019   —  Chipmaker aims to take the lead in 5G, beyond PCs and smartphones  —  TAIPEI — Intel has started production of modem chips …
Jun 15, 2018, 9:45 AMIn context

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