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  1. April 2, 2014

    Supercell battles on to conquer mobile gaming

    Mobile gaming companies are a colourful lot, from the bright reds, greens and yellows of games like Candy Crush Saga and...

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    March 27, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian stocks posted sharp declines after the US hinted at more sanctions against Russia, and the Federal Reserve...

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  1. March 25, 2014

    SoftBank’s punt on Alibaba poised to come in

    SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms group led by the acquisitive Masayoshi Son, holds stakes in at least 1,300 other companies....

  2. March 19, 2014

    Impatient funds load up on synthetic Alibaba shares

    Can’t face waiting for the Alibaba mega-listing? Don’t worry, investment bankers have got you covered. Though the initial...

  3. March 17, 2014

    Bulls take Crimea vote in their stride

    Monday 20:00 GMT. Global equities recouped a sizeable chunk of the sharp losses incurred last week as participants largely...

  4. March 11, 2014

    Son promises Sprint/T-Mobile price war

    Masayoshi Son, chief executive of Japan’s SoftBank, has promised to launch a “massive price war” in the US mobile market if...

  5. March 6, 2014

    Deutsche Telekom to focus on US growth over free cash flow goal

    Deutsche Telekom slashed its outlook for 2015 free cash flow as it set out plans to spend more money to win customers in the...

  6. February 25, 2014

    Naver: WhatsApp epidemic spreads

    At some point financial analysis fails, and one turns to epidemiology. Tuesday’s reports that SoftBank is interested in...

  7. February 25, 2014

    Global stocks struggle for traction

    Tuesday 21:10 GMT. Growing uncertainty about China and further disappointing US economic data left equity indices on both...

  8. February 11, 2014

    Sprint Nextel’s fourth-quarter loss tops $1bn

    Sprint Nextel reported a fourth-quarter net loss of more than $1bn reflecting the costs of its network upgrade and...

  9. January 31, 2014

    Japan’s SoftBank technology group considers push into energy market

    SoftBank is exploring making a mark on the energy market as the group that shook up Japan’s telecoms sector considers...

  10. January 27, 2014

    Sprint shares boosted as AT&T steps back

    Shares in Sprint Corp, the third-largest US wireless operator, surged after US mobile group AT&T ruled out a bid for...

  11. January 14, 2014

    Japanese M&A: rising sum

    Right. Who’s next? Suntory’s purchase of whiskey maker Beam restarts the guessing on corporate Japan’s next overseas target....

  12. January 7, 2014

    Silicon Valley is no longer the only game in town

    The technology world loves a good battle, and in recent years there has been plenty of excitement about the war of the...

  13. January 2, 2014

    Rise of mobile computing fosters new tech hubs

    The rise of mobile computing is fostering a fresh round of tech start-ups around the world, turning cities such as New York,...

  14. December 27, 2013

    Textron lifts off after closing Beechcraft deal

    Textron shares traded at their highest levels in more than five years after the maker of Cessna planes confirmed that it...

  15. December 17, 2013

    Communications M&A: stay on the line

    When it comes to the consolidation of US communications industries, skip the details of bank financing and the fine print of...

  16. December 17, 2013

    Sprint teams up with Dish for wireless service

    Sprint Nextel and Dish Network, the US satellite TV operator, plan to build an experimental fixed wireless broadband network...

  17. December 17, 2013

    Rejuvenated T-Mobile shakes up US mobile sector

    Heavily subsidised handsets have long been the norm in the US mobile industry, but those days could be nearing an end as the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    November 22, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Led by Japan, most Asian equity markets were recovering from Thursday’s poor performance after the Dow Jones...

  19. November 22, 2013

    SoftBank: hello Mr Loeb

    Make way on Mount Rushmore for Steve Jobs, David Tepper, John Malone and Masayoshi Son. Dan Loeb, the US activist investor,...

  20. November 21, 2013

    Dan Loeb builds $1bn-plus stake in Japan’s SoftBank

    Dan Loeb, the activist investor pushing for change at Sony, has revealed another “$1bn plus” position in a Japanese company,...

  21. November 3, 2013

    SoftBank: what could go wrong?

    Everyone loves SoftBank. Analysts are as close to being unanimously positive as at any point in the past five years. The...

  22. October 31, 2013

    SoftBank closes in on rival NTT as Japan’s most profitable telco

    SoftBank is closing in on rival NTT DoCoMo as Japan’s most profitable telecoms group, its latest quarterly results show – an...

  23. October 31, 2013

    Dollar up as markets ponder taper timing

    Thursday 20:10 GMT. Action in the currency markets grabbed the headlines as expectations for central bank policy on both...

  24. October 19, 2013

    SoftBank to pay $1bn for majority Brightstar stake

    SoftBank, the acquisitive Japanese telecoms group, has added to its growing stable of US businesses by agreeing to pay...

  25. October 18, 2013

    Virtual games: fun and endgames

    Rest easy, Chicagoans. The hackers have been delayed. The video game Watch Dogs – about a hacking attack on the Windy City –...

  26. October 18, 2013

    Supercell finds success but questions remain over sustainability

    Video games rivals battle to maintain success For a sense of how fast the video games industry is changing, look no further...

  27. October 16, 2013

    BoJ easing drives surge in Japanese junk bond deals

    Aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan has pushed up demand for the debt of low-quality borrowers, paving the way...

  28. October 15, 2013

    SoftBank makes move on mobile gaming group Supercell

    SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment are buying 51 per cent of Supercell for $1.5bn, confirming the dizzying rise of the...

  29. October 8, 2013

    Yahoo Japan – money fight

    Money fight! Price wars between billionaires are fun to watch – from a distance. Yahoo Japan, the company chaired by...

  30. September 26, 2013

    Lixil / Grohe: home improvements

    This is how home improvement bills can mount up. Last week Lixil, the Japanese building materials group, spent Y5bn ($50m)...

  31. September 11, 2013

    DoCoMo iPhone move set to dial up competition

    NTT DoCoMo, the last iPhone holdout in Japan’s $200bn telecoms market, has caved in and joined the Apple party, setting the...

  32. July 30, 2013

    Sprint net losses widen to $1.6bn

    Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US mobile network operator now 78 per cent owned by Japan’s SoftBank, reported higher...

  33. July 30, 2013

    SoftBank: grand ambitions

    Masayoshi Son has never thought small. A company that will grow for the next 300 years? That is the SoftBank founder’s...

  34. July 30, 2013

    SoftBank net profit more than doubles

    Masayoshi Son, the acquisitive Japanese telecoms billionaire who completed a $21.6bn takeover of Sprint this month, more...

  35. July 24, 2013

    Dish raises offer for LightSquared assets

    Dish Network, the US satellite TV operator which has been seeking to enter the country’s mobile broadband data market, has...

  36. July 19, 2013

    Universal Music’s appeal for Vivendi and SoftBank

    News that Vivendi had turned down a premium priced $8.5bn offer for Universal Music from SoftBank, Masayoshi Son’s...

  37. July 18, 2013

    Vivendi spurned $8.5bn Universal Music bid

    SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms group, proposed an $8.5bn bid for Universal Music, the world’s largest music group, about...

  38. FT Alphaville

    July 18, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks swung between gains and losses after Ben Bernanke’s comments yesterday, and the IMF said risks are rising for...

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