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Pinterest has closed $200 million in fresh capital at a $2.5 billion valuation

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According to Kara Swisher at All Things D, Pinterest has closed a $200 million funding round at an astonishing $2.5 billion dollar valuation. In short, Pinterest sold 8% of itself for several hundred million. Valiant Capital Partners lead the round, which was particiapted in by its previous investors, including FirstMark and...
Pinterest has closed $200 million in fresh capital at a $2.5 billion valuation
Funding daily: Pin a few millions to your Pinterest board
Japanese retailer Rakuten botches Kobo Touch launch, leaving opportunity for Amazon's Kindle

Rakuten-Owned Buy.com CEO Neel Grover, COO Greg Giraudi Step Down [Memo]

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A changing of the guard at Buy.com, which was bought by Japan’s Rakuten in May 2010. Long-serving executives CEO/president Neel Grover and COO Greg Giraudi are stepping down from their roles, effective September 1. Grover had been instrumental behind the sale of the e-commerce site to the Japanese giant for...
Rakuten-Owned Buy.com CEO Neel Grover, COO Greg Giraudi Step Down [Memo]

Rakuten's Play.com is closing its retail business following the end of a key UK tax break

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Online retailer Play.com has announced plans to shut down the core part of its business, selling DVDs, CDs and other goods, and instead focus solely on its online consumer marketplace from March 2013. The announcement, reported by the BBC earlier today, will mean that 147 staff from the company’s Jersey...
Rakuten's Play.com is closing its retail business following the end of a key UK tax break
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Going East For Money, Pinterest Refuses To 'Bow At The Alter Of Amazon Or Google' (AMZN, GOOG)

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It is significant that Pinterest, one of the US's hottest startups, just raised a huge amount of money from a Japanese ecommerce company – and not Amazon or Google. As a part of the deal Pinterest reached an non-exclusive deal with Rakuten to be the default "wish-list" provider for its...
Going East For Money, Pinterest Refuses To 'Bow At The Alter Of Amazon Or Google' (AMZN, GOOG)
Amazon brings Kindle Store to Japan, puts Paperwhite and Kindle Fire up for pre-order

An Investor Just Emailed Us To Ask If He Should Pull The Trigger On Pinterest At A $1.5 Billion Valuation (AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, FB)

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Pinterest, the fast-growing social media site where users can collect and share images, is not done raising money at a $1.5 billion valuation, we've learned from sources. A couple weeks ago, news broke that Pinterest had raised ~$50 million from Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten at a $1.5 billion valuation But we've learned...
An Investor Just Emailed Us To Ask If He Should Pull The Trigger On Pinterest At A $1.5 Billion Valuation (AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, FB)

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten booked $2.56 billion in revenue in the first half of 2012

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Japan-based but global ecommerce juggernaut Rakuten reported its financial results for the first 6 months of the fiscal and calendar year this morning, revealing that its revenues exceeded ¥200,5 million (roughly $2.56 billion), up almost 13 percent compared to the same period last year. Rakuten reported an operating profit of...
Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten booked $2.56 billion in revenue in the first half of 2012
Kobo Touch e-reader is the most popular product on Rakuten in Japan

Rakuten re-introduces Kobo Android app in Japan after four month rebuild

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Rakuten has boosted the Kobo brand in its native Japan after it re-introduced the Kobo for Android app in the country, four months after shutting it down to rebuilt it. E-commerce juggernaut Rakuten bought the Canadian business in November 2011 for $315 million, as part of its strategy to increase...
Rakuten re-introduces Kobo Android app in Japan after four month rebuild

Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

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Kobo's starting its post-CES 2013 (the year doesn't really start until after the Consumer Electronic Show, right?) with a little bit of sales-inspired back patting. Apparently the company managed to bring 4 million folks on-board to its e-reading ways over the past six months, bumping up its registered user...
Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten buys Spanish video-on-demand firm Wuaki.tv

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Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce juggernaut that is often referred to as the Eastern version of Amazon, this morning announced that is has acquired Spain’s version of Netflix: streaming and video-on-demand company Wuaki.tv. The deal marks Rakuten’s fourth European acquisition in just two years and its first entry into the Spanish...
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten buys Spanish video-on-demand firm Wuaki.tv

VIDEO: Japan's Rakuten has global ambitions

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The chief executive of the Japanese online retailer Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, has told the BBC he wants to challenge global rivals like Amazon....
VIDEO: Japan's Rakuten has global ambitions

Apple jumps 10 places to No.1 Consumer Brand in Japan, displacing Google

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Apple is usually at the top of customer satisfaction surveys in the U.S., taking home its seventh consecutive J.D Power and Associates award for smartphones earlier this month. The same can’t be said for the company among consumers in all countries abroad, but for the first time Apple has ranked...
Apple jumps 10 places to No.1 Consumer Brand in Japan, displacing Google
How Rakuten, the Amazon.com of Japan, plans to make a name for itself in the US
Kobo Glo And Mini Hit Store Shelves In Canada And The UK, Kobo Arc Tablet To Follow In November
Singapore Fashion Retailer Inverted Edge Takes $1.2M Funding

After Pinterest, Japan's Rakuten Makes Another U.S. E-Commerce Investment -- This Time in Daily Grommet

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Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant which recently made a $50 million investment in Pinterest, is making another online retail bet on Daily Grommet. Rakuten will be the lead investor in Series B round for the Lexington, Mass.-based online marketplace whose motto is “fresh finds, true stories.” The site features...
After Pinterest, Japan's Rakuten Makes Another U.S. E-Commerce Investment -- This Time in Daily Grommet

Taiwan's iCook.tw lands deal to bring Rakuten promotions to its recipe-sharing social network

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Three months after iCook.tw, a social network for sharing recipes, landed funding from Japanese VC CyberAgent Ventures, the Taiwanese startup has agreed to a partnership with another giant from Japan, e-commerce player Rakuten. The deal — reported by E27 – will see iCook introduce a dedicated Rakuten Taiwan channel to its...
Taiwan's iCook.tw lands deal to bring Rakuten promotions to its recipe-sharing social network

A Quarter Of Japanese eCommerce Giant Rakuten's $5B/Year Revenue Is Mobile, And It's Growing 3-400% Y/Y

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Today, at Y Combinator’s Startup School at Stanford University, Rakuten Founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani took the stage to talk about the company’s culture, acquisitions and its crazy growth over the last year. Rakuten, for those unfamiliar, is a Japanese eCommerce company based in Tokyo, which operates a number of...
A Quarter Of Japanese eCommerce Giant Rakuten's $5B/Year Revenue Is Mobile, And It's Growing 3-400% Y/Y

Rakuten to launch data-only LTE mobile service in Japan from October 1

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Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with local Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service in Japan that will go live from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled plans its own data-only...
Rakuten to launch data-only LTE mobile service in Japan from October 1

Anyone got a catchy title for a creepy iPhone hand case?

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This case comes from Japanese retailer Rakuten via Reddit user epsd101, but it isn’t quite as elegant as that one of a kind leather creation we showed you earlier. Unlike the one-off leather iPad case, this creepy iPhone 4S case is available to purchase for 4,762 yen ($58 USD), although...
Anyone got a catchy title for a creepy iPhone hand case?

Japan finally embraces e-reader revolution

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Japan's leading online retailer Rakuten is hoping to see off Amazon's Kindle and corner the world's second-largest publishing marketFor a nation of technology-loving avid readers, Japan has been slow to join the digital publishing revolution. While consumers in the US and Europe increasingly turn to e-readers, many Japanese have stubbornly...
Japan finally embraces e-reader revolution

Japan's Recruit Co. Acquires Indeed.com To Extend Jobs Reach From US To Asia

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Amid all the recent brouhaha over why Craigslist has failed to improve for so long (in part leading to frustrated developers building things) the entire classifieds market continues to chug along in its various guises. One of those is the more formal recruitment industry – and today Recruit Co. Ltd,...
Japan's Recruit Co. Acquires Indeed.com To Extend Jobs Reach From US To Asia

Kobo’s Vox E-Reader Finally Gets Full Access To Google Play

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The headline would make more sense if it read “Android Market Access,” as opposed to “Google Play Access,” but that wouldn’t be technically correct thanks to the Android Market’s rebranding. In any event, Kobo’s Android-powered Vox eReader - the company’s answer to the B&N Nook or Amazon Kindle – is today announcing...
Kobo’s Vox E-Reader Finally Gets Full Access To Google Play

Apple finally opens iBookstore for business in Japan

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Apple launched the iBookstore in Japan today with "hundreds of thousands" of books and manga now available for purchase. Japan is a huge market for Apple, but previously the local iBookstore offered nothing but public-domain works, the vast majority of which were in English. While the country's fragmented publishing...
Apple finally opens iBookstore for business in Japan

Kobo's Glo and Mini readers on their way to Japan as the Touch gets a discount

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Looks like Kobo's leveraging some of that Rakuten-infused love. The e-reader maker announced today that it'll be bringing its new pair of devoted readers to Japan over the next couple of months, courtesy of its parent company. The e-literati in that country can pre-order the new Kobo Glo now...
Kobo's Glo and Mini readers on their way to Japan as the Touch gets a discount

Pinterest reportedly in talks to raise new round of funding with a $2.5b valuation

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The popular online bookmarking and scrapbooking service Pinterest is reportedly in talks with investors to raise a new round of funding. According to The Wall Street Journal, sources have told it that the potential round has the company valued at between $2 billion and $2.5 billion. Pinterest has raised $138...
Pinterest reportedly in talks to raise new round of funding with a $2.5b valuation
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