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  • IBM's Watson computing technology learns Japanese Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 3:48 AM ET

    IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp. to share Watson with startups and universities in Japan for a variety of consumer applications, starting October. One example of a new partnership in Japan is with the University of Tokyo, which...

  • Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:56 AM ET

    YOKOHAMA, Japan— Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. Kouichi Ikeda, its engineer, is serious about using it to help around regular homes. We're just getting stated, but eventually we want it to enter people's homes, "Ikeda said at an exhibition of health care technology in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

  • An investor and the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on May 25, 2015, in Beijing.

    Mainland stocks outperformed on Thursday, while the rest of Asia traded mixed following a weaker U.S. finish and lackluster data.

  • TAIPEI, July 9- Foxconn founder Terry Gou has a vision of how to rewire the Taiwan firm that builds iPhones to cut dependence on Apple Inc, the client around which he built a $46 billion tech empire. With the latest version of Apple's smash hit smartphone having catapulted first-quarter profit 55 percent higher, investors have sent shares in Hon Hai Precision...

  • Investors watch computer screens at a stock exchange hall on May 8, 2015, in Fuyang, China.

    Asia's stock markets bounced back on Tuesday even as Greece inched nearer toward a debt default.

  • Renewable energy heats up in India Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 7:06 PM ET

    A $20 billion joint venture is the latest sign of fresh investment into Indian renewable energy as New Delhi seeks to aggressively boost output.

  • TOKYO, June 18- Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Thursday it is setting up a joint venture with Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba and electronics supplier Foxconn Technology to sell its human-like robot Pepper around the world. Foxconn already produces Pepper but a general sale, especially with the involvement of Alibaba, will require greater investment,...

  • Asia stocks end mostly higher ahead of Fed, ECB Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of central bank meetings in the U.S. and Europe.

  • Asian stocks declined on Monday on the back of concerns over Greece's debt talks and fresh tightening of margin financing in China.

  • Mobile gaming becomes 'Holy Grail' for developers Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    A screen from Vainglory

    As mobile gaming popularity surges, some video game startups believe serious gamers are ready to migrate to tablets.

  • NEW DELHI, June 12- India's leading online taxi-hailing company Ola has won a legal reprieve to operate in New Delhi, prompting U.S.-based rival Uber to file a similar suit on Friday to challenge the rejection of their license applications in the capital city. Transport authorities in New Delhi this month started impounding vehicles contracted to Ola and Uber...

  • *Rakuten announces public offering through new shares. TOKYO, June 4- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning after U.S. and European shares strengthened, but Rakuten Inc tumbled after announcing plans to issue $1.6 billion in new shares. Treasury yields rose in tandem with their European counterparts as European Central Bank President Mario...

  • A majority of Asia's stock markets fell on Wednesday, as upbeat economic data in the region failed to boost trading sentiment.

  • HELSINKI, June 1- Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Monday it has increased its controlling stake in Supercell, the Finnish mobile games maker best-known for its hit title' Clash of Clans'. Last year, Supercell saw its revenue triple to 1.5 billion euros while profit doubled to 515 million euros, making it the world's top-grossing company in the sector.

  • Asian equities mixed on stronger currencies, earnings Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 3:41 AM ET
    A board of stock indicators shows upward momentum on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Asian equities traded mixed on Thursday, with Sydney and Tokyo coming under pressure as their local currencies strengthened against the greenback.

  • Chinese shares underperform after soft data Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:23 AM ET
    Workers manufacture cotton yarn at a factory in Dali county, Shaanxi province, China.

    Chinese stocks retreated late Wednesday after a fresh batch of economic indicators came in just shy of expectations.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 6 Dropbox Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Arash Ferdowsi (left) and Drew Houston, co-founders of Dropbox

    An MIT grad invented this cloud file-sharing technology that has become a ubiquitous tool used by more than 300 million people worldwide.

  • Asia shares mixed; Greece, Australia budget eyed Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    Asian shares traded mixed on Tuesday, as investors weighed a raft of earnings and kept an eye on Australia's federal budget and Greece's debt crisis.

  • SoftBank shakes up leadership with former Google exec Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:01 AM ET
    Nikesh Arora, new presiden of SoftBank,speaks while billionaire Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer, looks on.

    SoftBank's plans to tap a foreigner as a potential CEO confirm its ambitions to become a global venture capital firm, according to analysts.

  • Asian stocks mostly advanced on Monday as China rolled out its third interest rate cut since November.