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February 25, 2014
06:11 EDTSFTBFSoftbank wants stake in Line Corp., Bloomberg reports
SoftBank Corp. wants to buy a stake in Line Corp., based in Tokyo, the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources say, reports Bloomberg. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, slowing its preparations for an IPO, sources added. Line may be valued at as much as $14.9B, according to BNP Paribas estimates. Reference Link
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June 26, 2015
06:17 EDTSFTBFGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
18:24 EDTSFTBFAlibaba close to buying 20%-26% Micromax stake for $700M, Economic Times says
Micromax is nearing a deal to sell roughly 20%-26% of the company to Alibaba (BABA) for approximately $700M, reports the Economic Times, citing three people familiar with the matter. One source noted that Softbank (SFTBF) -- a major Alibaba shareholder -- may participate in the deal. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
08:27 EDTSFTBFSoftbank, Foxconn, Bharti to form JV for renewable energy in India
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06:17 EDTSFTBFSoftbank sold 1,000 units of robot Pepper within one minute, WSJ reports
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June 18, 2015
08:14 EDTSFTBFYahoo Japan invests ‘undisclosed amount’ in Monk’s Hill, TechCrunch says
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05:22 EDTSFTBFAlibaba, Foxconn Technology reach agreement to invest in Softbank Robotics
SoftBank (SFTBF), Alibaba Group (BABA) and Foxconn Technology announced an agreement under which Alibaba and Foxconn will each invest Y14.5B in SoftBank Robotics Holdings, or SBRH, the SoftBank Group’s intermediate holding company responsible for its robotics business. Under the agreement, upon the completion of the investment by Alibaba and Foxconn, SoftBank’s SBRH share ownership ratio will become 60%, and Alibaba and Foxconn will each hold ownership stakes of 20%. SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn will build a structure to bring Pepper and other robotics businesses to global markets, and cooperate with the aim of spreading and developing the robotics industry on a worldwide scale.
June 17, 2015
10:49 EDTSFTBFSoftbank leads $20M investment in Fetch Robotics
Fetch Robotics announced earlier that it has raised $20M in Series A funding. The round was led by SB Group US, Inc. and also included additional funding from seed investors O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The Series A round brings Fetch's total funding to date to $23M. The new capital will be used to expand Fetch's sales and marketing operations and to meet accelerating demand from warehouses and fulfillment centers. In addition, SoftBank's Kabir Misra will be added to Fetch Robotics’ board of directors.
07:10 EDTSFTBFSoftbank, Foxconn form JV to make robots, Nikkei reports
Softbank (SFTBF) and Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn will set up a joint venture to make robots, The Nikkei reports, citing sources. According to the sources, the JV may first focus on mass production of Pepper, a home robot that can respond to human emotions and requests, and plan to initially make around 10,000 units annually. The JV may also market the robot and potentially other models globally. Reference Link

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