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SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan confirms merger talks with Line, shares jump

TOKYO – SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan, one of Japan’s top internet firms, confirmed it is in talks to merge with Line Corp, a $27 billion union that would bring the mess...

Platform News: Video streaming services and VOD

British broadcasters join up for new BritBox streaming service

LONDON – A streaming service created by British broadcasters ITV and the BBC and went live on Thursday, entering a market dominated by Netflix and Amazon with a £5.99 pound a...

Platform News: Microsoft-owned professional networking giant LinkedIn

Two plead guilty in conspiracy involving Uber, LinkedIn, others – US Justice Dept

WASHINGTON – Two hackers pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for a conspiracy to extract bounties from Uber Technologies Inc, LinkedIn and other corporations in exch...

Google’s search for sales in cloud, hardware clip Alphabet profit

Reuters – Google parent Alphabet Inc reported quarterly results on Monday that show costs continue to rise faster than revenue as the web search leader seeks to broaden its b...