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Softbank to Buy 70% of Sprint for $20.1B

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint dug a hole for itself when it bought Nextel in 2005 in one of the worst deals in telecom history. Now, a deep-pocketed friend from overseas could help…

A visitor demonstrates Sony's head-mounted display HMZ personal 3D viewer, which provides a 3-D theater of music videos, movies and games, at the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, Chiba, near Tokyo,Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Some 200 companies take part in the annual gala exhibition which opens to the public on Sept. 22-23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Game Show Focuses on Social, Smartphones

It’s not quite game over at the annual Tokyo Game Show opening Thursday, but with smartphones, tablets and other computer-like devices luring people away from the once-dominant consoles devoted to video games, the rules have changed.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President and CEO, Andrew House, right, and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kawano show the new PlayStation 3 and PS VITA during a news conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Sony Corp. is introducing a smaller, slimmer and lighter version of its PlayStation 3 home console ahead of the year-end holidays as it gears up for growing competition in games from smartphones. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Sony Plans Slimmer PlayStation 3 Before Year End

Sony is introducing a smaller, slimmer and lighter version of its PlayStation 3 home console ahead of the year-end holidays as it gears up for growing competition from smartphones.

A California court decided in favor of Apple, ordering Samsung to pay $1B to Apple for patent infringement. However, a Japan court has found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple patents. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Tokyo Court: Samsung Did Not Infringe Apple Patent

A Tokyo court dismissed Apple’s claim that Samsung infringed on its patent, the latest ruling in the global legal battle between tech titans over smartphones.

In this aerial photo taken from the Asahi Shimbun helicopter, cranes stand around the damaged reactors, Unit 4, left, and Unit 3, at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tom Curley)

Fukushima: Local Children Unwitting (and Unwilling) Radioactive Guinea Pigs

Fukushima children may now be an involuntary irradiated test Fukushima group monitored since March 2011 displaying disturbing health abnormalities.

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25% of Facebook Users in APAC

A quarter of Facebook’s population lives in the Asia Pacific region, says SocialBakers. Infographic inside.

An anti-nuclear protester waits to begin a march through downtown Tokyo Monday, July 16, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered at a Tokyo park, demanding “Sayonara," or goodbye, to nuclear power as Japan prepares to restart yet another reactor, and expressed outrage over a report that blamed culture on the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Crowds Rally in Tokyo to End Nuclear Power

Thousands have rallied at a Tokyo park to demand that Japan abandon nuclear power as the country prepares to restart another reactor shut down.


European Parliament Shoots Down ACTA

The European Parliament votes against ratifying ACTA, marking a victory for privacy advocates but pissing off Intellectual Property (IP) rights advocates.

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Micron to Buy Japanese Memory-Maker Elpida for $2.5B

Micron Technology has agreed a deal to buy embattled Japanese chipmaker Elpida in a deal worth US$ 2.5 billion.

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US, Japan Most Likely to Ask Twitter for Your User Info

Western-style democracies were the most active in asking for political content to be removed, with Twitter receiving the most requests from the USA and Japan.


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