Japan

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

US judge orders Apple to ease App Store rules

A federal judge in the US has struck down some of Apple’s App Store rules, forcing the company to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems in a partial w...

Platform News: T-mobile

Softbank agrees strategic share swap pact with Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom has struck a share-swap deal with Softbank Group to increase its stake in US unit T-Mobile and sold its Dutch unit in a major restructuring that strengthens the Ge...

Apple App Store

Apple offers small concession in easing App Store rules for Netflix, others

Apple Inc further loosened App Store rules, allowing some content companies like Netflix Inc to provide links to their websites so customers can sign up for paid accounts.

Google Cloud

Banks take steps to reduce potential cloud computing risks, Google survey

Banks are taking steps to mitigate risks from their increasing use of external cloud computing services, a survey by Harris Poll and Google Cloud has said.

Platform Industry News: TikTok smartphone app video streaming

TikTok tells employees to return to office for three days a week

Popular short-video app TikTok has told its employees that some will be offered the option to work remotely for up to two days a week after they return to office, according to an i...

nintendo

Nintendo to launch $349.99 Switch with upgraded display

Japan’s Nintendo will launch a new model of its Switch video game console with an upgraded display on Oct. 8, priced at $349.99, it said.

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

Google has unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Platform News: Japan's PayPay

SoftBank’s PayPay surges ahead in Japan’s digital payments race

For six decades, shoppers at Mikawaya, a rice dealer in eastern Tokyo, paid in cash – until sales staff from payments app PayPay swept through the low-lying district, persuad...

Platform News: KKR investments

KKR-backed KnowBe4 valued at over $3.5 billion in strong Nasdaq debut

Cybersecurity vendor KnowBe4 Inc has joined a string of technology-focused companies that saw strong market debuts in the US this year, after its shares opened nearly 25% above the...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank Vision Fund seen posting record earnings on Coupang

SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund is widely seen reporting record earnings on the 12th of May after portfolio companies listed during the quarter, mostly driven by gain on ...

Line App

Japan government halts use of message app Line for sensitive information

The Japanese government has decided to temporarily halt its use of messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp’s Z Holdings, to handle sensitive information, Chief Cabinet Sec...

South Korea, Japan, Manga Publishing

South Korean tech firms shake up Japan’s storied manga industry

Two South Korean platforms are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s manga industry, a plot twist that has expanded the comics’ ...

Platform News: Clubhouse audio and social media app

Invite-only chat app Clubhouse booms in Japan

Clubhouse is growing so rapidly in Japan, it now ranks first among free apps on Apple’s App Store in a test of its international viability following its latest funding round.

Platform Economy: Stripe US FinTech powers e-commerce

Hiring rapidly, US FinTech Stripe plots Asia expansion

US digital payments player Stripe intends to expand throughout Asia, including in Southeast Asia, Japan, China and India, after boosting its employees in the area by 40 percent to ...

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