Japan

Amazon Instant launches in Japan

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-launches-online-video-service-660546 Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in…

Apple’s blanket bloatware ban as strong as ever

Apple is nowhere near relaxing its strict rules for carrier partners, according to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. Negotiations to bring the the iPhone to Japan’s largest cellular network operator have hit an impasse since Apple won’t back down on a rule against pre-installing software on devices.

The Morning Lowdown 09-29-11

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Download a Free App, Raise Money to Help Japan

You can buy software or donate directly to help Japanese disaster relief efforts, but Japanese startup Lunascape has announced a way to help without even spending any of your own money. Just download one of the company’s iOS applications, and it’ll donate ¥50 ($0.63 U.S.).

How You Can Help Japan on Your Mac or iOS Device

The situation in Japan isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. Luckily, the number of ways you can help is increasing, and some of those relief efforts are available quickly and easily through your Mac or iOS device, so failure to act isn’t an option.

The Morning Lowdown 03-15-11

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The Morning Lowdown 03-14-11

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Amateur Videos of Japan Earthquake Show Devastation, Relief

Amateur footage out of Japan show burning buildings, shaking shelves and damaged roads in the aftermath of the massive earthquake. A number of online platforms have been aggregating citizen media reports about the natural disaster, offering a unique alternative to the clips shown on TV.

iOS App Provides Coverage of Japanese Earthquake

If, like us, you’re shocked about the massive earthquake that occurred overnight in Japan, and you want to keep abreast of what’s going on in the wake of the disaster, Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has a free English-language app for iOS devices that provides live coverage.

The Morning Lowdown 02.15.2011

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Dentsu Buys Digital Shop Firstborn

Japanese ad giant Dentsu, which has been trying to find digital agencies to acquire for over the past year, has finally found a follow-up to…

More Than Just Google TV At Stake For Sony

Whether the steep discounts of Sony (NYSE: SNE) Internet TV over the weekend was a savvy ploy or a sign of weakness is subject to interpreta…

Another Asian Partner Abandons Yahoo

NHN, which dominates the search market in South Korea and has been relying on Yahoo to power search ads on its Naver search engine for six y…

Asia Now World's Largest Producer of Tweets

Twitter users in Asia accounted for 37 percent of Tweets in a recent day analyzed by the French firm Semiocast. While the U.S. is still Twitter’s single biggest country, with 25 percent of messages, Japan is now No. 2 and South Korea and Indonesia’s numbers are growing.

Nokia Cuts 220 R&D Employees In Japan

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is laying off 220 research and development employees in Japan, representing 1 percent of the division globally. Nokia said…

Twitter Goes to Japan

Twitter yesterday launched a mobile version of its popular micromessaging service in Japan, making it the first country to get its own…

Mobile Ad Network Toda!Cell Raises $1 Million

Israeli smartphone ad network Toda!Cell has raised $1 million in its first round of funding led by Israeli VC AfterDox which describes itsel…

Better Place Goes to Japan

Electric car charging network developer Better Place made another step toward global domination, announcing late yesterday that it’s joining a government pilot…

GPlus Media Acquires News Site JapanToday.com

Pacific Rim-focused holding company IA Global has announced that GPlus Media (in which it has a 25 percent stake) has acquired JapanToday.co…

Japan’s GDH Launches Digital Media Fund

In Japan, GDH Capital, a member of the GDH Group, has launched a $5.5 million investment fund to develop content across a range of media, in…

Japan May Ease TV Copy Protection Rules

In Japan, the government plans to ask broadcasters and makers of home appliances to ease a copy protection rule for digital TV broadcasts to…

Softbank-iPod Phone Rumor: Not Happening

We mentioned a Nikkei story this weekend about a possible Apple iPod phone tie-up with Softbank. It is being denied now by Softbank…oh wel…

Index Launches U.S. New Media Rights Fund

Index Corp, the big Japanese mobile content provider, has tied up with fellow-Japanese media rights firm Sojitz to launch a $2.2 million New…

AllAbout IPO Soars 727% in Japan

AllAbout, the Japanese human-compiled portal (the Japanese version of About.com) has debuted strong on the stock market: its shares soar 727…

Ruckus Brings Warner Home Video to Campuses

A series of stories in Asahi Shimbun, about the broadband content and movies market in Japan:
— TV broadcasters heading online for future g…

Japan’s Big Broadcaster To Stream Online

(sub. req.): Nippon Television Network, one of Japan’s big five TV broadcasters, is launching a new service to distribute TV programs online…

DVR Download Service Trialed In Japan

Toshiba and two other comapnies in Japan have started trials of a DVD content distribution service, “Hikari de DVD,” that delivers video to…

Index Corp Buys Into French Soccer Club

Continuing on the Net-Sports connection, Japanese mobile content giant Index Corp has bought French professional soccer club Grenoble Foot 3…

Tech Firms Try to Get Into Japan Baseball

An interesting story about how Net firms in Japan are trying to buy out baseball teams…for example, Net services company Livedoor hopes to…

Yahoo Japan Buy All About

Yahoo Japan Corp plans to take a 41.3% stake in All About, for 2.3 billion yen (US$20.9 million), with an eye toward a tie-up in Internet ad…