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Yahoo Japan and Line Corp confirm merger agreement

Yahoo Japan and Line Corp confirm merger agreement SoftBank Corp announced today that it has reached an agreement to merge with Z Holdings (the SoftBank subsidiary formerly known as Yahoo Japan) and Line Corp, in a move they hope will better position them against competitors. The merger, which was first reported by […]

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 starts shipping

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 starts shipping Earlier this year, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the second generation of its HoloLens augmented reality visor. Today, the $3,500 HoloLens 2 is going on sale in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand, the same […]

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Japanese instant-credit provider Paidy raises $143 million from investors including PayPal Ventures

Japanese instant-credit provider Paidy raises 3 million from investors including PayPal Ventures Paidy, a Japanese financial tech startup that provides instant credit to consumers in Japan, announced today that it has raised a total of $143 million in new financing. This includes a $83 million Series C extension from investors including PayPal […]

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WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman

WeWork confirms an up to billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman Confirming earlier reports, The We Company and SoftBank Group agreed to a new capital infusion which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders. […]

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Japan will participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program

Japan will participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA’s Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, […]

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Autify raises $2.5M seed round for its no-code software testing platform

Autify raises .5M seed round for its no-code software testing platform Autify, a platform that makes testing web application as easy as clicking a few buttons, has raised a $2.5 million seed round from Global Brain, Salesforce Ventures, Archetype Ventures and several angels. The company, which recently graduated from the Alchemist accelerator […]

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Waymo and Renault to explore autonomous mobility route in Paris region

Waymo and Renault to explore autonomous mobility route in Paris region Waymo and Renault are working with the Paris region to explore the possibility of establishing an autonomous transportation route between Charles De Gaulle airport and La Défense, a neighbourhood just outside of Paris city limits that plays host to a large […]

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AI Medical Service raises $42.9 Series B for AI-based software that checks endoscopy scans for signs of cancer

AI Medical Service raises .9 Series B for AI-based software that checks endoscopy scans for signs of cancer AI Medical Service, a Tokyo-based company developing AI-based software to help detect gastric cancer, announced today that it has raised a $42.9 million Series B. Investors include Globis Capital Partners, World Innovation Lab and […]

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SmartNews’ head of product on how the news discovery app wants to free readers from filter bubbles

SmartNews’ head of product on how the news discovery app wants to free readers from filter bubbles Since launching in the United States five years ago, SmartNews, the news aggregation app that recently hit unicorn status, has quietly built a reputation for presenting reliable information from a wide range of publishers. The […]

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Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix

Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix Cloudian, a company that enables businesses to store and manage massive amounts of data, announced today the launch of Edgematrix, a new unit focused on edge analytics for large data sets. Edgematrix, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cloudian, will first be […]

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