As Rakuten attempts to become a worldwide player in e-commerce, an environmental group is calling on it to stop selling and advertising whale meat and ivory on its Japanese website.
Streaming video service Wuaki.tv, which launched in the U.K. this summer, has partnered with Panasonic to make its app available on Viera smart TVs. The company says it expects smart TVs to be the largest viewing platform for its content.
After getting itself acquired by Japan’s Rakuten, Viki is now looking to brand and eventually personalize content discovery.
Wuaki.tv wants to compete with Netflix, Lovefilm and others for British eyes — but Netflix says it’s happy with its growth in the U.K., despite all the competition.
Content arbitrage is hot: Viki, which opens up foreign markets for TV shows around the globe, just got snapped up for $200 million.
E-reading company Kobo plans to launch a $399 tablet. Has it learned nothing from Barnes & Noble’s experience?
Streaming video service Wauki.tv has launched in the U.K. It plans to stand apart from Netflix and Lovefilm by offering lower prices and both subscription and à la carte content.
Google added new Japanese reading features to its ebooks app yesterday and is now selling the Nexus 7, ebooks and movies through the Google Play store in Japan. Kobo expanded to Japan in July, and Kindle is expected to launch there in October.
Image-sharing site Pinterest, which has been invite-only since its launch in 2010, has now opened up to everybody. The site had nearly 20 million unique monthly visitors as of March 2012, according to comScore, and raised a $100 million funding round in May.
Fittingly for a company that is now owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, Kobo is officially launching its e-reader and digital bookstore in Japan in July. The Kobo Touch e-reader will be available for pre-order July 2, and a full digital bookstore opens July 19.