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Coinbase eyes Japan expansion after landing investment from Bank of Tokyo Coinbase one of the worlds largest bitcoin companies has set its sights on Japan after landing funding from a range of Japanese investors including Bank of Tokyo and afirm that helped Twitter enter the country. The U.S. company announced that it has partnered withBank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to support [its]long-term international expansion efforts in other words expand its services to Japan. Coinbase also…

Big data cant bring objectivity to a subjective world Simon Chandler Crunch Network Contributor Simon Chandler is a writer and journalist contributing articles on culture politics and technology. More posts by this contributor: Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think abouttechnology How to join the network It seems everyone is interested in big data these days. From social scientists to advertisers professionals from all walks of life are singing the…

Apple adds former Wall Street Journal editor to its China PR team It isnt uncommon to see Apple hire from the media to staff its PR roster and now the iPhone-maker has done so in Asia too. Wei Gu a long-timeChina reporter most recently with the Wall Street Journal has joined Appleto take up a PR Director role based out of its office in Shanghai China. Beijing-based Carolyn Wu leadsApples media relationsin China andWei will addsignificant experience to the team having spent more than 18…

Rocket Internets Jabong sold to Flipkart-owned rival Myntra for $70M Finally Rocket Internet has managed to sell Jabong its fashion e-commerce site in India after more than a year of speculation. Myntra the fashion portal which itself was acquiredbyFlipkart has stepped up and bought its rivalin a $70 million deal announced today. The deal is all in cash but it is not completed yet it is expected to close within Q3 2016. Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal and executive chairman Sachin Bansal…

Pokémon Gos lands Japanese mobile operator SoftBank as sponsored location There may be a debate about whether weve reached peak PokémonGo for gamers but the hit titleis just getting started with brands. Thats because Japanese mobile operator is the latest company to sign up to bea sponsored location inside the game. The deal is undisclosed but you can presume that SoftBank which is valued at around $80 billion is paying some pretty pennies for the chance to befeaturedas oneof the select…

Lights cameras Dreamforce Salesforcechairman and CEO Marc Benioff knows a thing or two about how to put on a good show and as usual he pulled out all the stopsthis week at Dreamforce his companys massive customer conference in San Francisco. He was boasting at the keynote that 175000 people registered online (and another 15 million were watching online). I can tell you most people I spoke to didnt think anywhere close to that number of people showed up but it was also hard to tell. The…

Hoping to beat rivals Google Play Music starts using your location & activity to recommend tunes Google today announced the launch of a new version of its Google Play Music service in an effortto better compete with rivals like Spotify and Apple Music in terms of personalization. Like the other top streaming services Google Play Music will now cater to its audiences unique tastes and interests in order to suggestsongs you want to hear as well as match you with the right music for your mood…

Xiaomi launches its own mobile payment service Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi has launchedits own mobile payment service today. You sensed it was coming. Not only doSamsung Apple and others offers such services but Xiaomi has outfitted its devices with fingerprint scanners and had a wallet app too making its foray into payments seem inevitable. The phone maker has tapped UnionPay the Visa-like payment firm that dominates China and said that its Mi Pay service launches with support for…

Amazon shatters earnings expectations Amazon shattered expectations when it reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.78 when Wall Street was forecasting $1.11. Amazon also beat revenue predictions posting $30.4 billion for the quarter when analysts were expecting $29.55 billion. The company saw a significant increase in sales and profit from the same period last year. Net sales were up 31% and net income was $857 million a large…