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Angry investors demand Bitcoin answers from MtGox

TOKYO, JAPAN: Bitcoin investors voiced their anger after the first creditors' meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation and left a trail of unanswered questions.

24 Jul 2014 09:07


Japan's Line messaging app worth $9.8bn ahead of listing

TOKYO, JAPAN: A smartphone messaging app set up in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster has applied to list on the Tokyo stock exchange, in an offering that could be worth more than $9.8bn.

16 Jul 2014 10:25


Redefining direct sales to reach Generation C

RIXEYVILLE, US: The direct sales industry has changed very little over the last few decades, incorporating new technologies as they have developed, rather than evolving their business practices to capitalise further on existing markets.

By Henry Buell 20 Jun 2014 14:53


Sony counting on high-definition television for rescue

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony's Chief Executive, Kazuo Hirai pledged to drag the embattled electronics company out of a painful restructuring in the current fiscal year using its high-definition technology as a possible saviour for its money-losing TV unit.

23 May 2014 09:16


No clear winner in Samsung-Apple court battle in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Japanese court ruled that Samsung could seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, with both sides claiming victory in the legal skirmish over the design of their smartphones.

19 May 2014 11:08


Sony to close e-reading store in Europe, Australia

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony is to close its e-book Reader Store in Europe and Australia following a similar move in North America as part of a plan for the electronics company to tranform itself.

9 May 2014 08:34


MtGox bust, placed under administration

TOKYO, JAPAN - Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox was has been placed in administration by a Japanese court, with an order for bankruptcy expected to be issued soon, its administrator and chief executive said.

17 Apr 2014 07:01


Pentawards 2014 opens for packaging designs

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 2014 Pentawards have opened for international packaging design entries, with an early bird registration price of €150 to 25 April, with entries closing on 23 May 2014.

15 Apr 2014 12:20


Sony issues battery-fire warning for Vaio laptops

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony has warned customers to stop using its new Vaio Fit 11A laptops because of an overheating battery problem that poses a fire risk. The company may recall the models.

14 Apr 2014 09:22


Toshiba sues South Korean rival for corporate spying

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Toshiba has slapped South Korean rival SK Hynix with a lawsuit seeking damages claiming that it received sensitive trade secrets from a Japanese engineer.

17 Mar 2014 07:24


MtGox faced 150,000 attacks per second says report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Bitcoin exchange MtGox faced a huge hacker offensive last month, coming under some 150,000 denial-of-service attacks per second for several days ahead of its spectacular failure, a report said over the weekend.

11 Mar 2014 06:36


Japan eyes Bitcoin regulations, taxes

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan may slap regulations on Bitcoin including taxing transactions, a report said on Wednesday, 5 March, as the global digital currency suffered another alleged theft that cast doubt on its reliability.

6 Mar 2014 08:33


Loss-saddled Sony to sell its Tokyo buildings

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony will sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to improve its bottom line.

3 Mar 2014 06:02


Japan probing bitcoin exchange after huge reported theft

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese authorities were on Wednesday, 26 February, probing the troubled MtGox bitcoin exchange after claims of a multi-million dollar theft from its digital vaults, as US prosecutors reportedly served a subpoena on the company.

27 Feb 2014 11:06


Bitcoin website vanishes amid huge theft claim

TOKYO, JAPAN: The website of Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange MtGox went down amid reports of a theft worth hundreds of millions of dollars of the virtual currency. The reports have dealt a blow to the currency's credibility.

26 Feb 2014 07:44


Collar that's smarter than the wearer

TOKYO, JAPAN: A high-technology collar attachment that will allow pet owners to monitor their dogs at a distance, checking how much they sleep and how many calories they are burning, has been unveiled in Japan.

14 Feb 2014 09:39


Sony cuts 5,000 jobs, exits PC business after US$1bn loss

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony warned it would record a US$1.08bn annual loss and cut 5,000 jobs while exiting the stagnant PC market this year as the once-mighty electronics company struggles to reinvent itself in the digital age.

7 Feb 2014 09:21


Panasonic, Sharp point to better times ahead

TOKYO, JAPAN - Japan's Panasonic and Sharp on Tuesday, 4 February, pointed to better times ahead as earnings improved thanks to an overhaul of their businesses and the yen's decline, but the recovery was held back by weak sales of consumer gadgets.

5 Feb 2014 06:32


Canon misses profit forecast on poor camera sales

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Canon said that it missed its full-year profit target because of a slump in demand for its digital cameras as consumers increasingly turn to smartphones to take pictures.

30 Jan 2014 07:45


2013 Digital Asia Festival Awards: Winners

BEIJING, CHINA: The winners of the 2013 Digital Asia Festival Awards, honouring the best in Asia Pacific's digital marketing, have been announced.

18 Nov 2013 15:05


Japan's SoftBank net profit up 84%

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's SoftBank said on Thursday, 31 October, its net profit rose 84.1% year-on-year to US$4.0bn in the six months to September, boosted by strong demand for iPhones and other smartphones.

1 Nov 2013 08:10


comScore releases the 2013 Japan Digital Future in Focus report

TOKYO, JAPAN: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released the 2013 Japan Digital Future in Focus report.

15 Oct 2013 09:06


Olympus pays investors US$2.6m over accounting scandal

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese camera company Olympus agreed to pay US$2.6m to settle a US investor claim stemming from a huge accounting scandal that hammered its shares.

1 Oct 2013 07:38


Panasonic to abandon consumer smartphones

TOKYO JAPAN: Japanese electronics company Panasonic says it will abandon research into new smartphones for retail consumers at home as it struggles to make inroads in a sector dominated by Apple and Samsung.

27 Sep 2013 10:58


Spikes Asia announces 2013 winners

SINGAPORE: The hotly anticipated Spikes Asia Awards Ceremony has taken place at the Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Over 1,000 delegates attended to be the first to hear this year's winners and celebrate the best of creativity in communications from across Asia Pacific.

19 Sep 2013 05:49


Game consoles remain despite smartphones

TOKYO, JAPAN: Games on tablets and smartphones are better, faster and more varied than ever, but the excitement surrounding the upcoming PlayStation 4 -- expected to attract big crowds at this week's Tokyo Game Show -- proves consoles are here to stay, say observers.

18 Sep 2013 07:37


Sony plans first foreign-led PlayStation launch

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony said on Monday, 9 September, it would sell its new PlayStation 4 games console in Japan next year after its US launch, the first time its declining home market has taken second place.

10 Sep 2013 10:39


Adultery website shines spotlight on Hong Kong marriages

HONG KONG, CHINA: The founder of a dating service promoting adultery is setting his sights on China's cheating hearts after a controversial launch in Hong Kong.

27 Aug 2013 06:30


AirAsia Japan rebranded 'Vanilla Air'

TOKYO, JAPAN: Budget carrier AirAsia Japan is being rebranded as Vanilla Air, the airline announced on Tuesday (20 August), with its president saying that vanilla is "loved by everyone in the world".

21 Aug 2013 13:02


Sony rejects entertainment unit spin-off proposal

TOKYO: Sony on Tuesday, 6 august 2013, said it has rejected a US hedge fund's proposal to spin off part of its profitable entertainment arm, marking the latest failed bid by an overseas investor to stoke change at a major Japanese firm.

6 Aug 2013 10:02

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