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Topic: Softbank

Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

03/28/2017, 12:03 am

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple.

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SoftBank CEO ditches investment plans for Android architect Andy Rubin's smartphone startup

03/20/2017, 02:03 pm

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has reportedly axed plans to invest $100 million in Android founder Andy Rubin's smartphone startup, reportedly because of SoftBank's close business ties to Apple.

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Apple confirms $1 billion investment into SoftBank's 'Vision Fund' for tech business growth

01/04/2017, 02:01 pm

Apple has confirmed its $1 billion investment in SoftBank's $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund, of which, the upcoming Trump administration has claimed that $50 billion will be spent on U.S.-based businesses.

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Apple said to be discussing $1 billion add into SoftBank's U.S. investment fund

12/12/2016, 03:12 pm

Apple is reportedly considering a $1 billion investment in SoftBank's $100 billion tech company investment fund, of which, the upcoming Trump administration is claiming $50 billion will be spent on U.S.-based businesses.

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Trump says SoftBank to invest $50B in US, hopes to create 50,000 jobs

12/06/2016, 02:12 pm

Following a Tuesday meeting with SoftBank's chief executive, President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the Japanese company has agreed to invest $50 billion in U.S. business, and create 50,000 new jobs as a result.

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Japan considers antitrust action against Apple over iPhone carrier deals

09/23/2016, 09:09 am

The Japanese government is considering pursuing an antitrust case against Apple because of its local carrier deals, a report said on Friday, echoing similar complaints in other countries.

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Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM for $32 billion

07/18/2016, 08:07 am

In a massive deal valued at $32 billion, Japanese company Softbank announced on Monday that it will acquire ARM Holdings, the company that designs specifications for low-power mobile processors, including the A-series chips found in Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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SoftBank's Masayoshi Son won iPhone exclusivity after pitching Apple cellphone to Steve Jobs

03/12/2014, 10:03 pm

In an interview earlier this week, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he scored exclusive Japanese rights to sell the first iPhone after pitching a crude drawing of an imagined iPod-cellphone hybrid to Steve Jobs. At the time, Son did not own a mobile carrier and the already-in-development iPhone was still two years out.

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SoftBank shows massive income growth behind demand for Apple's iPhone

10/31/2013, 11:10 am

Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank on Thursday reported a robust 29 percent year-over-year jump in net income for its mobile division, which the carrier attributes primarily to sales of Apple's iPhone.

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Sprint now officially under SoftBank control after $21.6B deal

07/10/2013, 10:07 pm

Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has successfully completed a deal with Japanese telecommunications and Internet services giant SoftBank, which now owns a controlling 78 percent stake of the U.S. wireless carrier.

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FCC clears way for SoftBank to buy Sprint, Sprint to buy Clearwire

07/05/2013, 05:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced the removal of the last barrier to a three-company merger that will see Japan's SoftBank take control of Sprint Wireless, which itself is set to take over Clearwire.

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Sprint shareholders OK $21.6 billion SoftBank deal

06/25/2013, 02:06 pm

SoftBank received a big boost in its effort to buy Sprint on Tuesday, as the company's shareholders approved a $21.6 billion offer from the Japanese carrier.

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Dish Network launches $25.5B bid to merge with Sprint

04/15/2013, 09:04 am

The nation's no. 2 U.S. satellite television provider made waves in the worldwide wireless industry today, as Dish Network launched a $25.5 billion bid that could see it snagging Sprint from Japanese communications firm Softbank.

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Apple's restrictive pre-installed software policy halts NTT DoCoMo iPhone deal

11/15/2011, 07:11 pm

Apple's policy that prevents partners from pre-installing software on the iPhone has stalled a possible partnership with Japan's largest wireless operator NTT DoCoMo.

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Steve Jobs worked on Apple's 'next product' the day before he died

10/19/2011, 10:10 am

Providing more evidence that Steve Jobs stayed involved at Apple until the very end, the CEO of Japanese carrier Softbank revealed that Jobs was making phone calls about Apple's unnamed "next product" the day before he passed away.

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KDDI to break up Softbank iPhone exclusivity in Japan in 2012

09/22/2011, 01:09 am

Japanese carrier KDDI will break up rival Softbank's exclusive hold on Apple's iPhone in the country early next year, when it will reportedly begin selling the iPhone 5.

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Softbank to offer fully subsidized iPad in Japan with 25-month contract

11/30/2010, 02:11 am

Japanese carrier Softbank will begin offering the 16GB iPad 3G for free when customers sign up for a 25 month, $56 a month contract, a new report claims.

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iPad 3G is SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile network in Japan

05/10/2010, 09:05 am

Despite Apple's claims that the iPad would ship unlocked, allowing owners of the 3G model to access any compatible wireless data network they might choose, the device is locked to carrier Softbank Mobile in Japan.

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Apple iPhone takes 72% of Japanese smartphone market

04/23/2010, 09:04 am

Apple's smartphone presence in Japan has more than doubled in the last year, with the iPhone taking an estimated 72 percent of total sales in the country.

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Apple's iPhone commands 46% of Japanese smartphone market

12/18/2009, 08:12 am

Nearly half of all domestic smartphone users have turned to the iPhone in Japan, giving Apple a dominant position in the market, according to a new study.

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