Rakuten to buy U.S. eBook company OverDrive for $415 million

Rakuten Inc (4755.T) plans to buy U.S. eBook company OverDrive Inc for around 50 billion yen ($415 million), the Nikkei business daily reported, the latest in a spate of overseas acquisitions by the Japanese online retailer.

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Chinese social networking service Momo files for IPO

China's Momo Inc, a mobile-based social networking platform, filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $300 million in an initial public offering of its American Depositary Shares (ADS).

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Facebook wins EU approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid

Facebook (FB.O), the world's most popular social network, gained European Union clearance on Friday for its proposed $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry.

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Rakuten in talks to buy U.S. rebate firm Ebates; shares slide

Japan's largest e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc (4755.T) said it was in talks to buy U.S. rebate site operator Ebates, a deal reportedly worth $950 million and the latest in a long line of overseas acquisitions.

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Mobile messaging service Line Corp to get 500 million users on board by end of 2014

Tokyo-based mobile messaging app Line Corp could reach its goal of 500 million instant messaging users by the end of this year even as it thinks about a possible IPO, Bloomberg reported.

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Japanese Internet services firm Rakuten opens first European R&D facility in Paris

Tokyo, Japan-based Internet services company Rakuten Inc opened its first European research and development (R&D) facility in Paris, France, which is called the Rakuten Institute of Technology.

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Japan's Rakuten purchases Viber for $900 million

Rakuten said it will purchase messaging application Viber for $900 million, marking the latest and largest acquisition of the biggest internet company in Japan, TechCrunch reported.

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