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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 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. June 26, 2013

    SoftBank/Sprint/Clearwire: save the confetti

    Forget buyer’s remorse. What SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son lacks is buyer’s humility. At the SoftBank shareholder meeting last...

  12. June 21, 2013

    Dish pulls out of bidding war for Sprint Nextel

    Dish Network has formally conceded defeat in its bid battle with Japan’s SoftBank over Sprint Nextel, the US’s third-biggest...

  13. June 11, 2013

    SoftBank: Sprint to the finish

    When SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son bid for Sprint Nextel last October, his bondholders and shareholders swooned. Now that the...

  14. May 15, 2013

    Dish Network gains edge in battle for Sprint with $9bn financing

    Dish Network has lined up financing on its $25.5bn bid for Sprint Nextel, overcoming attempts by its rival suitor SoftBank...

  15. May 5, 2013

    Dish rebuts SoftBank’s claims over Sprint bid

    Dish Network has fired back at SoftBank after the Japanese telecommunications group last week disparaged its US rival’s bid...

  16. April 30, 2013

    SoftBank defends its $20bn offer for Sprint Nextel

    SoftBank has mounted a sharp-elbowed defence of its takeover offer for Sprint Nextel, saying it would not raise a $20bn bid...

  17. April 30, 2013

    SoftBank: Sprint finish

    Energy counts for much in getting big deals done. Masayoshi Son has delivered a punchy defence of the value in his bid for...

  18. April 21, 2013

    US telcos pave way for more mergers

    Blame the iPhone. Since the debut of Apple’s smartphone in 2007, wireless data consumption in the US has mushroomed....

  19. April 16, 2013

    Dish turns Sprint race into long haul test

    Charlie Ergen’s move to snatch Sprint Nextel from the grasp of Japan’s Masayoshi Son has set the stage for a potential...

  20. January 31, 2013

    SoftBank profits double on Apple contract

    SoftBank, which aims to expand in the US with its $20bn acquisition of Sprint Nextel , doubled net profits in the last...

  21. January 29, 2013

    SoftBank’s $20bn Sprint plan faces delay

    SoftBank’s proposed $20bn deal for 70 per cent of US wireless operator Sprint faced mixed news in Washington on Tuesday, as...

  22. January 14, 2013

    Dish spoils Sprint’s Clearwire plans

    When SoftBank made its bold $20bn bid for 70 per cent of Sprint Nextel in October, all eyes were on Masayoshi Son, the...

  23. October 31, 2012

    Steady smartphone sales boost SoftBank

    SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms company in the midst of buying US operator Sprint Nextel, has posted a small rise in...

  24. October 19, 2012

    Masayoshi Son, mobile’s gambler

    As a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Masayoshi Son decided to earn his own living expenses by inventing a...

  25. October 18, 2012

    Sprint rules out using Huawei equipment

    Sprint Nextel, which this week agreed to sell a 70 per cent stake to Japan’s SoftBank for $20.1bn, has indicated it will not...

  26. October 17, 2012

    SoftBank financing suggests Japan Inc shift

    Masayoshi Son spoke to investors for more than an hour in Tokyo earlier this week as the chief executive of SoftBank spelt...

  27. October 15, 2012

    Sprint Nextel – outgunned

    If this is a one-act play, it will be a farce, if not a tragedy. SoftBank is paying $12bn for 55 per cent of Sprint’s...

  28. October 15, 2012

    Profile: Masayoshi Son

    Masayoshi Son has always had a penchant for thinking big. When he set up his own business in 1980, the oft-repeated story...

  29. October 15, 2012

    SoftBank joins global mobile players

    Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank, says he can sympathise with investors worried about his company taking on too...

  30. October 12, 2012

    SoftBank – big bold bets

    Masayoshi Son has always bet big, and bold. So what is it about a possible investment in Sprint that spurred investors to...

  31. October 11, 2012

    SoftBank a strong force in mobile phones

    SoftBank has transformed itself over the years through aggressive mergers and acquisitions, from an internet services...

  32. October 11, 2012

    SoftBank head bets big on Sprint

    Masayoshi Son built SoftBank Mobile into the third-largest Japanese mobile operator. Now Mr Son has set his sights on the US...

  33. October 11, 2012

    SoftBank/Sprint – to boldly go

    Perhaps Masayoshi Son simply thinks Sprint is too cheap. The US wireless carrier lags behind its bigger peers AT&T and...

  34. June 1, 2011

    Yahoo and Alibaba near resolution of dispute

    Yahoo and Alibaba have reached a provisional deal to resolve their dispute over the controversial ownership transfer of the...

  35. April 10, 2011

    Big media names back boutique bank Raine

    Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker and other pick names from the media and technology sectors have invested in a merchant bank’s fund...

  36. March 2, 2011

    Yahoo: the third wheel

    A relationship, Woody Allen argued, is like a shark: it must constantly move forward or it dies. What Yahoo has on its hands...

  37. March 2, 2011

    Yahoo looks to cede stake in Japan unit

    Yahoo is in talks to divest its 35 per cent stake in Yahoo Japan, people familiar with the discussions have said, causing...

  38. FT Alphaville

    December 14, 2010

    Yahoo cutting workforce by 5 per cent

    Yahoo is on the verge of cutting between 600 and 650 jobs, or nearly 5 per cent of its workforce, in the latest attempt by...

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