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    SoftBank: jogging with Sprint

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  1. July 18, 2014

    Softbank’s Nikesh Arora coup highlights founder’s ambition

    SoftBank’s poaching of Nikesh Arora, head of business operations at Google, is a coup for the fast-expanding Japanese...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Google searches out new ad forms for sales jump

    New forms of product-related search advertising pushed Google’s net revenues up by 25 per cent during the second quarter,...

  3. July 1, 2014

    FTC claims T-Mobile USA made millions from bogus charges

    T-Mobile USA made hundreds of millions of dollars from “bogus charges” that customers never authorised, the US Federal Trade...

  4. June 16, 2014

    Alibaba reveals new board members as it eyes US listing

    Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba has named Michael Evans, a one-time candidate to succeed Lloyd Blankfein as chief...

  5. June 15, 2014

    Japan’s robot makers under threat

    You may not have heard of the companies that supplied them, but Japanese industrial robots probably helped to make some of...

  6. June 6, 2014

    Robots: rise of the machines

    Yes, a robot is going to steal your job. Luckily, another robot will be there to comfort you: Pepper, the childlike...

  7. June 5, 2014

    Master dealmaker tests US regulators with move for T-Mobile

    By his past rhetorical standards, Masayoshi Son’s lobbying of regulators to allow his US mobile group Sprint to acquire...

  8. June 5, 2014

    Robots with a human side offered up by Japan’s SoftBank

    Humanoid robots – cute, big-eyed and usually clad in pristine white plastic – are a favourite side business for Japanese...

  9. FT Photo Diary

    June 5, 2014

    Masayoshi Son greets Pepper the Robot

    Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg Billionaire Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer of SoftBank offers his hand to a...

  10. May 22, 2014

    Dish Network ponders options after AT&T deal for DirecTV

    When AT&T announced its $49bn agreed bid for DirecTV this week, the deal appeared to leave Dish Network and the company’s...

  11. May 19, 2014

    Yahoo Japan drops Y324bn plan to buy eAccess from SoftBank

    Shares in Yahoo Japan surged as much as 15 per cent after the company pulled out of a Y324bn ($3.2bn) deal to buy a mobile...

  12. May 13, 2014

    AT&T and Sprint bet on regulatory change

    AT&T’s negotiations on a near-$50bn bid for DirecTV, like Sprint’s desire to buy T-Mobile US, look likely to test US...

  13. May 8, 2014

    Revitalised T-Mobile US grabs market share

    After stalling last year, the US mobile market is growing again, spurred in large part by sales of connected tablets and the...

  14. May 8, 2014

    Deutsche Telekom earnings hit by push for US growth

    Deutsche Telekom reported a drop in first-quarter core earnings despite a year-on-year rise in revenue, as it increased...

  15. May 7, 2014

    SoftBank warns of less profitable year ahead

    SoftBank, the Japanese technology group, has warned of a less profitable year ahead, after seeing its annual operating...

  16. FT Tech Hub

    May 7, 2014

    Alibaba: what we now know (and what we still don’t)

    Alibaba on Tuesday submitted the first filing for its upcoming initial public offering in New York. Unusually for a private...

  17. May 7, 2014

    Five things to look for in Japanese results

    Japan’s earnings season picks up with Toyota, SoftBank, Nintendo and Toshiba all reporting full-year results this week. The...

  18. FT Tech Hub

    May 7, 2014

    Show me the money: Alibaba's top shareholders

    Alibaba’s shareholder list contains some well-known names from around the globe — from China and Japan to Singapore, Silicon...

  19. May 1, 2014

    T-Mobile jumps on strong subscriber gains

    T-Mobile shares surged at their greatest pace in at least five months after the company added more subscribers in the first...

  20. May 1, 2014

    Alibaba in talks to reclaim stake in online payment group

    Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce group, is in talks to buy back a stake in its online payment arm Alipay, which in 2011 was...

  21. April 29, 2014

    Sprint’s strength lifts telecoms sector

    Investor focus on the US telecoms sector ratcheted higher on Tuesday after strong results from the country’s third-largest...

  22. April 29, 2014

    Spotify and Sprint in music streaming tie-up

    Spotify has unveiled a partnership with Sprint, offering the music streaming service as a bundle to subscribers of the US...

  23. April 20, 2014

    Alibaba’s worth is flotation teaser

    Alibaba: valuing a giant In weeks or perhaps days, investors will have an answer to the most popular guessing game in the...

  24. 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...

  25. FT Alphaville

    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...

  26. 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....

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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....

  37. 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...

  38. 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,...

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