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SoftBank buys into Line’s mobile service in Japan

SoftBank is partnering up with messaging app Line to help develop its Line Mobile telecom service. Line announced that it has agreed to allow SoftBank to take a 51 percent in the business via an issuance of new shares. The deal is expected to close by March. From the documents, …

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Nissan 370Z is Reportedly Not Going Anywhere

It’s been a long time since Nissan introduced the 370Z. We first tested the 350Z’s long-awaited successor back in November of 2008, where the 2009 370Z impressed us with its quick acceleration, strong brakes, excellent grip, and updated interior. With a base price of $30,625, we said it “epitomizes a sports-car steal.” Nine …

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Key NBN takeaways from ABC's Cabinet documents

Australian Cabinet-in-Confidence documents published by the ABC on Wednesday have shown what the National Broadband Network (NBN) funding and negotiation plans looked like back in 2009. Two of the documents — which the ABC obtained after someone purchased a filing cabinet during an ex-government sale that had the papers locked …

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Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services. The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group. The Seattle-based startup had raised around $13 million in funding from investors. Terms …

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Spendesk raises $9.9 million to build your next corporate card

French startup Spendesk just raised $9.9 million (€8 million) from Index Ventures with Michael Benabou, Laurent Asscher and Showpad cofounders Louis Jonckheere and Pieterjan Bouten also participating. Spendesk is a service that combines prepaid cards with an expense report solution. After signing up, each employee receives a personal card. Companies …

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First Drive: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

THOUSAND OAKS, California—I haven’t seen roads this bad since I made a wrong turn riding on a Suzuki Quad somewhere outside of Samara, Costa Rica.This time we’re off-roading in a brand new 2019 Jeep Cherokee in the Santa Monica Mountains testing its rock crawling abilities. I’m staring at a pile …

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