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  1. Vivendi Split Could Have Little Impact On Universal Music (Analysis)

    September 11, 2013 10:24 PM EDT While shareholders and the business media regard as big news the Vivendi announcement that it will study a demerger plan and that activist shareholder Vincent Bollore has been appointed vice chairman of the company's supervisory board, the ...

  2. SoftBank's $8.5 Billion Takeover Bid of Universal Music Group Rejected by Vivendi (Report)

    July 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT An $8.5 billion takeover bid of Universal Music Group (UMG) by Japanese telecoms group SoftBank some three months ago was rejected by Vivendi, the French media and telecom conglomerate that owns UMG, according to sources. The story was first re ...

  3. Japan Users To Have DoCoMo Option With iPhone 4

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPhone could get a sales boost from this month as a Japanese wireless services provider plans to launch a service enabling users to use iPhone 4 on NTT DoCoMo's network. DoCoMo's smaller rival Softbank Corp is currently ...

  4. Carrier Meets Content in Japan: Softbank May Buy Stake in Victor

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese telecommunications company Softbank is in talks to acquire a stake in Victor Entertainment from JVC Holdings Inc., the Daily Yomiuri reported Wednesday. Softbank is expected to buy a minority stake and increase its ownership beyond 50% ov ...

  5. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  6. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  7. iPhone 3G Gets Japan Release Date

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Softbank Mobile and Apple announced June 9 that the iPhone 3G will be available in Japan on July 11. “I am delighted at this opportunity to partner with Apple,” said Softbank Mobile (SBM) chairman/CEO Masayoshi Son in a statement. “SBM’s and Apple ...

  8. iPhone Coming To Japan

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading Japanese telecom Softbank Mobile said June 4 that it has signed an agreement with Apple Computer to bring the iPhone to Japan later this year. No further details were available at press time. Global ...

  9. Reports: Apple Gearing Up For Japan iPhone Launch

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Unconfirmed media reports say Apple Computer is holding talks with Japanese mobile carriers as it prepares for the expected launch of the iPhone in Japan next year. According to the reports, major Japanese telecoms NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Mobile a ...

  10. MyMTV Mobile SNS Goes Live In Japan

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Viacom International Japan K.K., a 100%-owned subsidiary of music-TV service MTV Networks, has today launched Japan's first mobile entertainment social-networking service. The myMTV service claims to be the first in the country to use a downl ...

  11. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST JV is MySpace's first Asian affiliate. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. As previously reported , Tokyo-based MySpace Ja ...

  12. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread specula ...

  13. Reports: Softbank, News Corp Prep Myspace Japan

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank and New York-based News Corp. could announce the launch of a Japanese version of social networking site MySpace as early as this week, according to repor Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank ...

  14. Vodafone In Japan To Give Away iPods

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod nano as a package with one of its handsets. Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod ...

  15. Vodafone In Japan To Give Away iPods

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod nano as a package with one of its handsets. Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod ...

  16. MTV Music Finder Embraced By KDDI

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Japan and its mobile partner, Yamaha Corp., announced today (Feb. 16) that a new telecom operator has signed on Japan's first music-recognition service, MTV Music Finder. MTV Japan and its mobile partner, Yamaha Corp., announced today (Fe ...

  17. MTV Music Finder Embraced By KDDI

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Japan and its mobile partner, Yamaha Corp., announced today (Feb. 16) that a new telecom operator has signed on Japan's first music-recognition service, MTV Music Finder. MTV Japan and its mobile partner, Yamaha Corp., announced today (Fe ...